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University of Calgary

March 23, 2015 10:30 ET

Celebrate the UN International Year of Light at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

The Observatory opens its doors to sky watchers to learn more about the physics of light

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - March 23, 2015) - This year has been designated the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies by the United Nations. That means around the world, researchers and scientists are coming together to raise global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, you have an opportunity to learn more about the amazing research into the physics of light with Paul Barclay, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Barclay will talk about his research at the University of Calgary optics lab as well as the endless possibilities of light technologies.

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. The evening will kick off with a presentation on what's up in the sky -- which includes a third quarter moon along with Mars, Venus and Jupiter.

What:RAO Public Night Observing: Presentation and viewing through RAO telescopes
Who:Paul Barclay, University of Calgary, Physics and Astronomy
 Roland Dechesne, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Calgary Chapter
Where:Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, on the east side of Highway 22, 2.4 km south of the Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange
When:Saturday, April 11 (8 p.m. and 11 p.m.)
Cost:$20 per car or $10 per person, all proceeds to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory educational programs

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'
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