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University of Calgary

September 26, 2016 13:46 ET

PSA: Sci Fi Night at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 26, 2016) - When it comes to explaining the universe through physics, fact is always stranger than fiction! At our Sci Fi Open House, you will discover that the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) is the best place to explore the other worlds, both small and large, that have captured our imagination and served as a muse to the finest science fiction writers.

In the sky -- the mighty Hercules is the western sky along with Mars and Saturn. Visitors will have the opportunity to look through the RAO's array of telescopes (weather permitting), with astronomers from the University of Calgary and members of the Royal Astronomical Society on hand to answer questions.

The entrance fee is $20 per car or $10 per person. All proceeds go towards RAO educational programs.

Learn more about the RAO online at or on Twitter @RAOastronomy.

What: Science Fiction Open House: Presentation and viewing through RAO telescopes

Who: University of Calgary, Physics and Astronomy

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 October 1, 2016, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. **Please dress for the weather**

Cost: $20 per car or $10 per person. All proceeds go to RAO's educational programming.

About the University of Calgary
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Contact Information

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    Erin Guiltenane
    Communications Advisor, Faculty of Science
    University of Calgary