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Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Hwy 22, 2.4 km south of Hwy 22X, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada
+1 403-931-2366
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Nice people and good instruments

Went with my 12 years old and a couple of friends for a Milky Way Night and I wasn't disappointed... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2015
Bassano Del Grappa, Italy
Expected More

We went here as a class field trip, I was all excited with my love of outer space. I was hoping to... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2014
Calgary, Canada
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On a hilltop in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains you can explore the wonders of the universe. Join us for fascinating tours, interactive displays and a chance to see one of the three largest telescopes in Canada. The University of Calgary’s Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is a facility dedicated to expanding your knowledge of the universe. Tour the awesome 1.8 meter ARCT telescope or the Baker-Nunn patrol camera which scans the skies for killer asteroids.
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27 Jul 2015
“Nice people and good instruments”
16 Feb 2014
“Expected More”
Hwy 22, 2.4 km south of Hwy 22X, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada
Southwest Calgary
+1 403-931-2366
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Reviewed 28 July 2015

Went with my 12 years old and a couple of friends for a Milky Way Night and I wasn't disappointed at all. Despite the non optimal weather conditions and the huge amount of people the organizers made their best and provided an excellent experience.

Thank giampi2602
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We went here as a class field trip, I was all excited with my love of outer space. I was hoping to look at the planets and learn new things about them and look through the giant telescope at distant galaxies and study our OWN...More

8  Thank ShadowBlade
Reviewed 4 May 2013

Went to their public night last night. It was overcast by the time we arrived, so viewing was no good, but, since it was our first time there, we toured the place a bit with a guide from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He...More

3  Thank arrowrootcookie
Reviewed 14 March 2013

A bit out of the way but well worth the trip. Located in the south of Calgary atop a hill, this observatory lacks any pretension. The director is very enthusiastic and very involved in stargazing.

4  Thank Emwoerks
Reviewed 20 February 2013

Spent an evening with the resident astronomers a couple of time when they held open houses. Always fascinating looking through the various telescopes. Never had a truly dull lecture there yet. The parking can be a bit harsh on a busy night though. Get there...More

5  Thank RussAtkinson
Reviewed 18 November 2012

We've gone in the summer and fall and never been disappointed. The September chemistry night told about the things we can't see with the naked eye. The lecture was profound and then we were, as usual, treated to some of the best telescopeic views of...More

6  Thank Flying_canadian
Reviewed 20 September 2012

The Observatory is a branch of the University of Calgary and quite the place to bring young-uns to learn about the universe. The programs offered are interesting and educational. The location is close to the city, at the Priddis Corner area south-west of Calgary, and...More

9  Thank Captain_Rob_D
Reviewed 8 September 2012

The new Telus center is very nice but if you really want to step out and see something try Rothney. Bring warm clothes and bug spray and you will never be disappointed.

8  Thank ducfin
Reviewed 20 July 2012

The Rothney Observatory is in a great location, not far from the city of Calgary, but far enough to have good dark sky viewing of the stars.. The Rocky mountains are to the west,and provide wonderful scenery in that direction. There are several Telescopes on...More

5  Thank HarveyMarshall
Reviewed 9 July 2012

If your an avid astronomer, I would guess this is exactly what you were looking for, as a casual observer of the night sky, I was expecting something different. theres a lot of decently powered telescopes, and some cool things to see; but nothing fantastic.

3  Thank CalgaryCrisdean
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9 February 2015|
Response from RAOastronomy | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry. We open for open house nights once a month. The next one is Saturday February 14th, gates open at 8pm. The cost is $20 per car. Check our website for details.