Mythology and the Cosmos at the RAO

February 1, 2020

February 1, 2020


Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, 200 198070 Hwy 22, Priddis



Events Description



The RAO kicks off the decade with a fun night where we delve into ancient human connections to the sky and the incredible future potential of human exploration.

Ancient Greek cultures looked to the sky as the dwelling place of gods, goddesses, monsters and the imperiled humans who interacted with these immortals. Lisa Hughes, U of C Classics and Religion, will explore these earth and sky connections with her presentation on the mythologies of the night sky.

The latest Astrophysical discoveries are presented in a ‘What is New and Compelling’ presentation. Astronomers break down the meaning and significance of current research that is making the news.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Calgary Centre will present an outdoor sky tour. They will have their telescopes setup and provide their boundless knowledge of the night sky. Bring your astronomical enthusiasm and your big questions.

In the sky – Our old friend Orion will take his place in the southern winter sky along with Canis Major in an eternal chase across the sky. A first quarter moon will cast a sliver of light over an otherwise dark night.


Cost: $30 per car, all proceeds to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory educational programming.

Get tickets at the door! No need to preregister!


Date & Time:

Saturday,February 01, 2020 | 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Venue: Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, on the east side of Highway 22, 2.4 km south of the Hwy 22 and Hwy 22x interchange.
Free Parking
No Public Transit

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Address: 50.868039,-114.291142

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  1. LS

    Attempted to attend the Dark Night Sky event lastnight. Arrived half hour before it was due to start. But, after waiting in a mile long traffic line, the parking lot was full so we parked on the shoulder half way up the dirt road and walked… We were then turned around coz they were at capacity and would not let anyone else in. They should have presold tickets rather than make them available at the door so that so many people didn’t have to make the 25 min trip from Calgary for no reason. Very disappointed.

    November 6, 2016 at 1:52 PM

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