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Astrophysical observatory opens doors to the public this weekend

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory on White Lake Road near Penticton is holding an open house on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

PENTICTON - The National Research Council is showcasing the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory as it celebrates 100 years with an open house this weekend.

Research council staff at the observatory welcome the public to tour the facility, check out the telescopes and laboratories and ask questions of the institute’s scientists and engineers at an open house Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The observatory, located on White Lake Road approximately 20 kilometres south of Penticton, is home to leading edge technology in radio telescope and antenna construction since it’s inception in 1960. The observatory also collects data on solar activity and is a world reknowned source for information on the sun’s activity.

There's lots more to learn about the observatory in the feature published earlier this year called What happens at the South Okanagan's White Lake Observatory where the observatory's various telescopes and research is explained.

Find out why the observatory's location in the South Okanagan is so unique in Canada for the practise of radio astronomy, and how the research facility escaped budget cuts in the late 1990s to become one of Canada's leading research facilities today in the second part of our feature Secrets of space unclocked in the South Okanagan.

The observatory open house is a family event. There will be lots of things of interest to engage kids and adults alike.

Admission is free and no reservations are required.

For more information, see the National Research Council website.

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