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Open House - Quantum Technology

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

"Quantum Technology- Putting the weird to work"
 
Quantum physics predicts extraordinary phenomena such as entanglement, and describes how nature works at the smallest scales. Neil Sinclair will discuss how some scientists are harnessing these weird predictions to develop new technology that could impact our everyday lives.

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.

In the sky – Mars and Jupiter will be visible in the west and the east creating bookends for a dark spring night.

The entrance fee is $20 per car OR $10 per person. All proceeds go towards the RAO educational programming.

Open House facts 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

Gravitational Wave and or Neutron Stars

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The University of Calgary Room ST 148

"I study neutron star astrophysics and gravitational waves. Neutron stars are the collapsed remnants of massive stars, the most compact astrophysical objects outside of black holes, and the place where matter makes it's last stand against the overwhelming force of gravity. Inside a neutron star, matter is compressed into strange new forms, pushing the limits of our understanding of condensed matter and particle interactions. Like many stars, neutron stars can be found in binary systems, where pairs of neutron stars orbit. As they do so, they lose energy to gravitational waves, eventually spiralling towards each other and colliding. This will release huge amounts of energy in gravitational-wave signals that LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, hopes to observe. These collisions may also explain some of the Gamma Ray Bursts seen by space telescopes like NASA's Fermi. My group and I work to understand and model how neutron stars interact, collide, and radiate energy, so that observations can tell us new things about their structure and composition."

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Open House - Astrophysics on the Cutting Edge

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

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. Join to learn more about research conducted at the University of Calgary.

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.

In the sky – Jupiter in Virgo will dominate the sky and Leo the Lion will rule directly over head.

The entrance fee is $20 per car OR $10 per person. All proceeds go towards the RAO educational programming.

Open House facts 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

Open House: Peering into the Abyss

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Peering into the Abyss: Black Hole Observations. Sean Stotyn will explore the latest research and observations of the enigmas of the universe; black holes.

In the sky – Virgo, the second largest constellation will be directly over head, and it holds thousands of galaxies and galaxy clusters which is perfect for dark sky observing.

Milky Way Nights (July 20, 2017)

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:00pm to Friday, July 21, 2017 - 2:00am

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Late night observing for the public 10pm to 2am

Milky Way Nights (July 21, 2017)

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:00pm to Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 2:00am

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Late night observing for the public 10pm to 2am

Milky Way Nights (July 22, 2017)

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 10:00pm to Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 2:00am

Late night observing for the public 10pm to 2am

Milky Way Nights (August 17, 2017)

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:00pm to Friday, August 18, 2017 - 2:00am

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Late night observing for the public 10pm to 2am

Milky Way Nights (August 18, 2017)

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 10:00pm to Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 2:00am

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Late night observing for the public 10pm to 2am

Milky Way Nights (August 19, 2017)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00pm to Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 2:00am

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Late night observing for the public 10pm to 2am

Partial Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

More info to come!

Open House/Beakerhead Event

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Mashup arts and science with us.

In the sky - Cygnus the Swan will be soaring overhead and easy to find because of its alpha star Deneb, which is one of the farthest stars we can see with our eyes.

Science Fiction Open House

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Fact is always stranger than fiction, especially when explaining the universe through physics. Join us to explore other worlds both small and large that have captured our imagination and serve as a muse to science fiction writers.

In the sky - Our galaxy neighbour Andromeda will be found near the heart of the winged horse Pegasus in the Northern sky.

Dark Night Star Light Open House

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Dark skies are important to us and we would like to share dark skies with you.

In the sky - Check out the vain and boastful queen of the northern sky Cassiopeia under a sliver of a moon.

***Open House - Gates open at 8:00pm and the event runs until 11:00pm Admission $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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