UAlberta to open Hesje observatory

January 8, 2021
The University of Alberta has announced the opening the Hesje Observatory at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, which will offer students and community members the opportunity to view the night sky using professional equipment. The observatory, which is equipped with a rotating dome and two telescopes, will allow students to gain hands-on experience with measurements and analysis. An all-sky camera will enable the observatory to do livestreams and remote viewing for schools and postsecondary classes. “It’s a comfortable way to get people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies and careers,” said station research assistant Rae Metrunec. “I think almost everyone looks into the sky and wonders what’s out there—this will be a really exciting adventure for people.” UAlberta (AB)