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RAO: Observing Night

  • Nov 28, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Observing Night

Thursday November 28

Gates open 7pm to 9pm

The Observing Night event depends on the weather. Please check our website before coming out to the observatory.

Forecast, clear skies

An Observing Night is a special night that is focused on the sky. We have no indoor programming because all of the action is outside looking at the stars.

Entrance fee: donation to RAO educational programs


Well, this is a real nail bitter. Looking forward to November 28th to learn the fate of Comet ISON.

At the RAO we are waiting to learn the status of Comet ISON. Forecasts for this 2013 comet have ranged from “Comet of the Century” to it being nothing more than a blip in the night sky. Old and fragile, comets are fossils left over from when our star formed. Most comets move through our solar system in elliptical orbits, but there is also comets that move close to the sun then off into space never to return. This will be the fate of comet ISON so we are hoping to catch a glimpse of the comet before it continues its journey. Please watch this website for updates on where the comet can be viewed in Alberta.

November 28th  - Comet ISON is rounding the sun and rising above the ecliptic. On this date, the comet is at perihelion. Flying very close the sun, the comet may dissipate or may become incredibly bright.

Here is a link to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Calgary Chapter.  You will find detailed diagrams of where and when to look for Comet ISON

The Rothney Observatory was featured on Telus TV click here for link

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  • Yuemin Z.

    I am at RAO,and it is so cloudy.

    November 28, 2013

  • Jesse Alan R.

    I would love to come, but I'm at parent/teacher interviews! I would love to come next time though!

    November 28, 2013

  • Yuemin Z.

    Hi,Two friends of mine wants to join our comet observing. I wish it is fine with group policy.

    November 28, 2013

  • Carol R.

    you can see the weather on this site I don't think I can go I didn't get my stuff ready for tonight :-(

    1 · November 28, 2013

  • Yuemin Z.

    It is very cloudy outside now.Would you please confirm tonight is still good for observing comet ions?

    1 · November 28, 2013

  • jay m.

    Looking forward to this

    November 28, 2013

  • JoAnne

    I wish i could be there but im in the process of moving so yall enjoy it for me see ya next time =)

    November 27, 2013

  • Carol R.

    I will watch weather Fridays supposed to change again I may come :-)

    November 26, 2013

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