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Open house: Peering into the Abyss

Date & Time:
May 27, 2017 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Black holes are probably the most fascinating objects in the universe, yet one of the hardest to actually see. Researcher Sean Stotyn will walk through the surprising properties of black holes and, in the process, dispel some common myths about them propagated by science fiction. He will also emphasize the challenges in observing astrophysical black holes, as well as discuss the exciting event horizon telescope designed to overcome these challenges.

The evening will kick off with a history minute honouring 150 years of astronomical research in Canada, then a presentation on what’s up the sky by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Calgary Centre.

The open house will feature access to an array of telescopes operated by University of Calgary astronomers and members of the Royal Astronomical Society. You will have the opportunity to look through the telescopes, and astronomers will be on hand to answer questions.

Under the clear, dark sky conditions, in the sky — Virgo, the second-largest constellation, will be directly overhead, and it holds thousands of galaxies and galaxy clusters which is perfect for dark sky observing.

Learn more about the RAO online or on Twitter @RAOastronomy.

Entrance fee $20 per car or $10 per person; all proceeds to RAO educational programming.

Please see our facts page to learn more about the event and our observatory.

For up-to-the-minute weather conditions, please see our all sky camera link.

Sean Stotyn, Department of Physics and Astronomy

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