Auroras Explode Over Athabasca

On September 22, 2017, Martin Connors and his team were at the Athabasca University Observatory for an Alberta Robotic Telescope project workshop and as luck would have it, they were in for an explosive night. Faint aurora covering the whole sky is not unusual in Athabasca (left picture), but scientists at the university‚Äôs Geospace Observatory were surprised to see such an aurora … [Read more...]

AU Geospace Observatory in the news

Mikko Syrjaesuo, Helsinki, Finland

The dark skies of Athabasca County make it one of the best places in the world to detect unusual auroras caused by protons from space, and pulsations they cause at Earth's surface. 10 years work A decade of work by Japanese colleagues at Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory has led to a recent research article being highlighted by the American Geophysical Union, the major … [Read more...]

No Filter Required: Don’t Miss the Registration Deadline for the 3rd Annual Photography and the Night Sky Workshops

The deadline is fast-approaching to register for the popular Photography and the Night Sky workshops this fall. Due to the growing demand, participants need to sign up by Fri., May 29. Space is limited - there's capacity for up to 12 persons for both the youth and adult workshops. Both sessions are open to anyone who'd like to attend, including seniors, for the adult … [Read more...]

Geophysical Observatory receives provincial grant

Observatory receives research grant The Alberta Science and Research Investments Program has awarded a $712,261 grant to AU's Geophysical Observatory. The announcement was made this morning in Edmonton by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology minister Doug Horner as part of a package of $44 million in research grants to Alberta's universities. "Education and science lie at … [Read more...]