University of Calgary

Milky Way Nights

Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 2014-07-03 13:34.

For six moonless nights this summer, the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is open to the public for late night observing. Drop in for a chance to observe alongside our research scientists. If conditions are clear we will view distant planetary nebula, globular clusters and galaxies. We will have several telescopes operating and many opportunities to view the night sky as well as several astronomers on hand to answer your questions. Milky Way Nights are a special event that focuses on the public coming to the observatory to look through a telescope and learn more about the night sky. There is no formal lecture; however we will do our best to point out the highlights of the summer sky.

The cost to the event is a donation to the observatory's educational programs and there is no need to pre-register. The event is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. You can bring a flashlight and do not forget bug spray.

If the sky is cloudy we will not be able to operate the telescopes. If very poor weather conditions persist then the observing event is cancelled. Watch the RAO website for sky conditions and updates.

What:   RAO Public Late Night Observing: Presentation and viewing through   
        RAO telescopes                                                      
Who:    Phil Langill, University of Calgary, Physics and Astronomy          
Where:  Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, on the east side of Highway 22,  
        2.4 km south of the Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange                  
When:   Thursday, July 24, 10pm to 2am    
Friday, July 25, 10pm to 2am     
Saturday, July 26, 10pm to 2am
Thursday, August 28, 10pm to 2am 
Friday, August 29, 10pm to 2am  
Saturday, August 30, 10pm to 2am