University of Alberta Observatory

Department of Physics
Past Events at The Observatory
Special Public Lecture: Red is the New Black

Thursday December 13, 2012, 7-8pm
University of Alberta, CCIS L1-140

Red is the New Black: The effects of artificial lights on animals and ecosystems
A Free Public Lecture by Dr. Christopher Kyba

More Information at the Facebook Event Page

The Observatory will be open after this talk at 8pm!

This photo shows light fixtures that send light upwards, wasting energy, blocking our view of the stars, and causing problems for birds and other animals.
Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus: June 5, 2012, 4 - 8pm
3pm - 3:30pm: CCIS L1-140 - Introductory Talk on the Transit of Venus
4pm - 4:30pm: Outside on the South Patio of CCIS (U of A Quad) -- We will set up telescopes and hand out welder's glass and eclipse glasses to watch the beginning of the transit.
4:30 - 8pm: The observatory will be open for the rest of the evening to watch Venus travel across the face of the Sun using our solar telescopes.
Let us know that you'll be attending by joining our facebook event.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse: May 20, 2012, 5:45pm - 8:30 pm
The Observatory will be open for safe viewing of the partial solar eclipse.
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Earth Hour

Earth Hour: March 31, 8:30 - 9:30pm The Observatory will be open during Earth Hour to observe the stars, planets and the Moon!

Lunar Eclipse, Saturday December 10, 2011, 7 - 8 am

The U of A Observatory will be open from 7am to 8am on Saturday December 10, 2011 to observe the lunar eclipse. You are welcome to join us. If you can't come, you can also observe from home since no telescopes or special equipment are required. The Moon will be low on the Western horizon, so choose a viewing location without high buildings obstructing the horizon.

CCIS Grand Opening, Equinox, and Alumni Weekend!

Thursday Sept. 22, 2011: Free Public Observing
  noon - 1pm Solar Observing
  8 - 11pm Evening Observing
  Autumn Equinox starts at 3:04 am Sept 23

Friday Sept. 23, 2011: Grand Opening of the CCIS Building!
  4 - 5:30pm Solar Observing
  8 - 9pm Evening Observing
  9 - 11pm The Stargazer Cocktail Party
Organized by the Alumni Association of the UofA This party features a DJ, acrobats, artwork, rockets, and of course telescopes! There is a charge of $25 to attend, and the party is restricted to 18+. Party runs from 9pm - 1am. Observing from 9-11pm.

Saturday Sept. 24, 2011: Science and Physics Open House
  12 - 4pm Discover Science Open House
  1 - 4pm From Nanoscale to the Universe! (Free Public Talks)
  2 - 4pm Free Solar Observing
  8 - 11pm Free Evening Observing