SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

November 05, 2015 16:44 ET

PSA: Upcoming "Got the Blues" Open House at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Observatory opens its doors to the public for an exploration of the wonders of light and the beauty of darkness

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - November 05, 2015) - The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is partnering with the Cross Conversation Area and the Priddis/Millarville Community Association to host the "Got the Blues" Open House, a fun night of light. The evening will feature games, giveaways and a series of talks about the importance of light pollution abatement in our community.

Using humour and popular culture, astronomers Jason Nishiyama and Roland Dechesne will introduce visitors to the colourful science of astronomical spectroscopy by focusing on all the different things blue light can tell us about the solar system and the universe.

Ecologist Lucy Poley will lead an exciting presentation on her time flying unmanned aerial vehicles over the unique prairie ecosystem that exists on the observatory's property this summer. When equipped with high-resolution digital cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles are a great new way for researchers to quickly and efficiently map study areas, providing valuable information about species and their habitats that simply couldn't be collected at ground level.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to look through the observatory's telescopes (weather-permitting), with astronomers on hand to answer questions.

What:"Got the Blues" Open House: Presentation and viewing through RAO telescopes
  
Who:Roland Dechesne and Jason Nishiyama, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Calgary Centre; Lucy Poley, Department of Geography, University of Calgary
  
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, November 21, 8-11 p.m.
  
Cost:$20 per car or $10 per person. All proceeds directly support RAO educational programming.

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