Milky Way Nights are an opportunity for the public to observe the dark night sky alongside U of C researchers.
During the three nights in the summer close to the new moon, 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, bring mosquito repellent, and a flashlight (preferably a flashlight with a red filter).
The entrance fee to Milky Way Nights is a donation to the RAO’s educational programming.
July 25 – 27 & August 22 – 24, 2019; 10 pm – 2 am: Milky Way Nights
See astronomers in their natural habitat, under dark moonless skies. Late night public observing is a unique opportunity to see deep sky objects such as planetary nebula and globular clusters.
Milky Way Nights at RAO:
When: Milky Way Nights: July 25 – 27 & August 22 – 24, 2019
Time: 10 pm – 2 am
Where: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Address: 210 Avenue W, Hwy 22 S, Foothills No. 31, AB