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Open House at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Indoor program: Astrophysics on the Cutting Edge

Speakers: University of Calgary Senior Astrophysics Students

Astrophysics research and technology is moving at the speed of light. Learn more about the latest, coolest, and hottest topics in astrophysics at the University of Calgary. Senior astrophysics students will share their latest project results. These are Canada’s newest breed of astronomers who could go on to make the discoveries that will change our understanding of the universe.

■ Julia Pulwicki will share her geometric perspective of the link between the shape of plant leaves and black holes.
■ Scott Sorell and Nicolas Raoult talk about their study of the eclipsing binary stars RW Taurus and WW Auriga. Eclipsing binary stars reveal the sizes (in kilometres) and masses (in kilograms) of stars, and much more.
■ Fatima Garcia and Russell Shanahan explain their study of the heart of the Orion Nebula: "Orionis C - A Beacon in the Dark". This is a nearby star formation region with lots of interesting processes to examine.
■ James Campbell and Connor Pilling discuss their amazing results using RAO telescopes and their search for planets around stars outside our solar system. They are looking very carefully at stars for which other search programs have detected transits of orbiting planets.
■ Kyle Rae has just completed his research on the Aurora Borealis and he will explore some of the latest discoveries of the aurora.

In the sky – Very late in the evening Saturn will be visible in the east, but Jupiter and all its moons will be putting on a show all night long.

Outdoor observing - dress for cool weather (boots, hat).

Admission: $20 per car OR $10 per person on a drop in basis.

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  • Roland D.

    Too bad about the weather, but the students' talks were very interesting!

    April 22, 2013

  • Heather L.

    My younger cousin was amazed by the presentations. Her mother thanked me yesterday for keeping her so interested in Science (it's helping her grades significantly)! My boyfriend had his first trip to the RAO last night, too! The presentations were fantastic! Thanks again for another great evening, as usual! :)

    April 21, 2013

  • Ann P.

    Great event! All presentations were great but I especially like the information about the exoplanets and the aurora.

    April 21, 2013

  • Ann P.

    invited a colleague from work who is also interested.

    April 19, 2013

  • Doris B.

    I'm excited to attend. This will be my first visit. I am hoping to have a really good look at Saturn!

    April 19, 2013

  • Sheila

    Would anyone be interested in arranging a car pool? I would like to attend, but am not from here and dont have a car...

    April 15, 2013

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