February 9 Happy Chinese New Year, Speaker Nic David
From Dunhuang (Peoples Republic of China): the oldest Star Atlas. As a tribute to the history of Astronomy in China on the eve of the new year.
In the sky – No moon in the sky, so perfect viewing conditions for observing Jupiter and Orion.
March 16 New Discoveries in our Solar System, Roland Dechesne & Don Hladiuk
Reaching out into our solar system with robotic explorations have yielded new information on the evolution of planets. Geologists/Astronomers Roland and Don will discuss the latest discoveries and what it all means.
In the sky – Look south and the bright star is Sirus, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major.
April 20 Astrophysics on the Cutting Edge, Speaker Physics Researchers
Discoveries in physics are occurring at an incredible pace. University of Calgary students will speak on the latest, fastest, smallest and most fascinating new research in physics.
In the sky – The Gemini Twins will be holding hands and visible straight up over our heads.
May 25 Cruising through Earth's Radiation Belts, Speaker Christopher Cully
Surprizingly dynamic, the radiation belts that surround the earth present many challenges to satellites and human space travel. Dr. Cully will discuss his research into understanding this incredible phenomenon which surrounds the earth.
In the sky – Saturn is visible in the late night sky.
RESCHEDULED to July 20 Solar Observing at the RAO, Speaker Phil Langill
Dr. Langill will discuss the latest in solar research and also the observations made with the RAO's solar research telescopes.
In the sky – The longest day of the year marks the first day of summer.
August 1, 2, 3 Milky Way Nights, Late night observing for the public 10pm to 2am
September 5,6,7 Milky Way Nights, Late night observing for the public 10pm to 2am
September 28 Tour of Amazing Southern Skies with Alan Dyer
Join for a unique perspective of the sky night with world-renowned astrophotographer, Alan Dyer http://amazingsky.net/ Alan takes the opportunity as often as possible to visit the southern hemisphere to pursue both observing and photography under southern skies. His other obsession, eclipse chasing, has taken him to every continent, chalking up 15 total solar eclipses. Throughout his travels he has captured incredible images and will share them along with his experiences with astronomy in the southern hemisphere.
In the sky – The mighty Hercules will be directly overhead.
October 26 Sci Fi Night - The Golden Age of SCI FI: The Sixties
During the 1960s technology was taking off and people landed on the moon. The excitement was matched by the explosion of science fiction novels, movies and television shows. Celebrate the science inspired pop culture of the 60s with astronomical fun and games, Science Fiction talks, music, costume contests and trivia challenges. 7:30pm to 11:00pm - presale tickets available on October 1st, $10 each
November 9 Space Weather
What is space weather and does it affect us here on earth. Learn more about the University of Calgary's research and the EPOP satellite launched in 2013. EPOP will collect new data on space storms and associated plasma outflows in the upper atmosphere and their potentially devastating impacts on radio communications, GPS navigation, and other space-based technologies.
In the sky – The eternal chase continues with Taurus fleeing from Orion the hunter in the eastern sky, letting us know that winter is on its way.
***Open House - Gates open at 8:00pm and the event runs until 11:00pmAdmission $20 per car (all proceeds go towards Rothney Astrophysical Observatory educational programs)The RAO is located on hwy 22, east side of the hwy, 2.4 km south of the hwy22 and hwy 22X interchange. At every open house we feature a ‘what’s up’ in the sky’ presentation and our telescopes operating with astronomers ready to answer your questions. Bring your flashlight and dress for the weather.
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