Milky Way Nights are an opportunity for the public to observe the dark night sky alongside U of C researchers.

See astronomers in their natural habitat, under dark moonless skies. The dark sky conditions are perfect for viewing planetary nebula, globular clusters and distant galaxies. Each evening will include a sky tour outside on the viewing terrace, pointing out some of the highlights of the summer sky.

Milky Way Nights are special evenings at the observatory; there is no formal talk or presentation because the event is dedicated to observing with the telescopes.

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

Check the RAO website for up-to-date weather conditions before heading out for this event. Visitors are advised to dress for the weather and bring mosquito repellent and a flashlight (preferably a flashlight with a red filter).

The entrance fee to Milky Way Nights is $10 and please pre-register.

Milky Way Nights at RAO:

When: August 26 and 27, 2022
Time: 10 pm – 2 am
Where: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Address: 210 Avenue W, Hwy 22 S, Foothills No. 31, AB