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University of Calgary

March 08, 2016 15:00 ET

PSA: Upcoming "Gravity" Open House at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO)

Journey through 2400 years of gravity, from Aristotle to Gravitational Waves

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - March 08, 2016) -  RAO Director Phil Langill wants the force to be with you. On Saturday, March 12, Langill will lead a fascinating talk, "2400 years of gravity - From Aristotle to LIGO," that will cover what physicists understand about gravity, as well as the most recent research exploring the latest test of Einstein's theories. LIGO refers to Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory detectors, which were the devices that recently confirmed the existence of gravitational waves.

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.

If the sky is clear, Jupiter is visible and the constellation Orion chases Taurus the bull while the big dog Canis Major follows, creating a spectacular display in the southern sky. Learn more about the RAO online at or on Twitter @RAOastronomy.

What: "Gravity" Open House: Presentation and viewing through RAO telescopes

Who: Phil Langill, 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 March 12, 2016 - 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. **Please dress for the weather**

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

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