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Welcome To Rothney Astrophysics Observatory

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Answer it at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Teachers please click here to more about our school programs

Open House

Astrophysics on the Cutting Edge

Saturday May 10, 8pm to 11pm

Entrance fee: $20 per car OR $10 per person

No need to pre-register

ARCT console

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.

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

Donations to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory are hugely appreciated.  We endeavour to make astronomy accessible to the public, and inspire scientific thinking and literacy.  If you would like support us in this endeavour, you can help by making a donation.  Click on this link, and choose "Friends of the RAO" from the Designation drop-down box.

The University of Calgary issues tax receipts for donations of any amount.  Thank YOU!

Current Sky over the RAO:  RAO All Sky Camera

 

 

 

  Read more about this cool image, and see the latest data from our new Sky Quality Meter, by visiting the Skywatch page.

Successful Launch!

SWARM

The University of Calgary Swarm mission, which consists of a constellation of three satellites orbiting in two different near-polar orbits at 450 and 530 km altitude, is intent on providing the best-ever survey of the Earth's geomagnetic and its temporal evolution. Data gathered will allow for new insights into the Earth and its surroundings by improving understanding of our planet's interior, near-Earth space environment and the sun’s influence on the planet. Swarm will be the first mission to make global, multi-point measurements of magnetic and electric fields simultaneously.

RAO is Operations Headquarters for amazing Canadian satellite research mission: 

artists conception of the CASSIOPE satelliteOn September 29th, 2013 the Canadian Space Agency launched the CAScade, Smallsat and IOnospheric Polar Explorer also known as CASSIOPE.  You may have noticed a new cube-shaped structure and dome to the south of the big ARCT dome.  This is a high-tech satellite tracking installation.  The data that the satellite collects while soaring over and inside the Earth's aurora and space weather is beamed down to the RAO for study by U of C scientists.  An animation of the satellite orbiting the Earth is here.  Stay tuned for an announcement about the official launching celebration of the RAO's e-Pop ground station.

 

RAO Sky Scanner Extrordinare, Rob Cardinal, discovers comets in 2008 and 2010:

Discovery images of C/2010 B1 CardinalTo see Rob's actual discovery images click here.  The stars, being in the distant background, are stationary while the comet dashes across the field of view.  Congratuations Rob Cardinal!

In Oct. of 2008 and Jan. 2010, using the specialized Baker-Nunn Telescope and its very sensitive CCD camera detector, astronomer Rob Cardinal discovered never before seen comets, now named "C/2008 T2 Cardinal" and "C/2010 B1 Cardinal".  read more >>


In 2008 the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory won prestigeous ASTech Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awarenes:            read more >>