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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Okanagan Research and Innovation Centre

Today we went on an arranged tour to the observatory North of Okanagan Falls, and South of Penticton.  It was set up by the RV Park staff, and was well attended.

It was a beautiful day for an outing, and a good time was had by all.  The tour was lead by one of the Astronomers (I never did catch his name) who has worked in this observatory from many years, and who also worked for 15 years at the one in Hawaii.

If astronomy is your field of interest, you will find this to be a worth while visit, and there is no admission fee for visitors.

I have also visited in the past, Victoria BC's "Centre of the Universe" observatory,  but they are 2 totally different centres.

Victoria has one of the world's largest telescopes, but the Okanagan observatory works on radio wave and focusing on Hydrogen as a means of observing the celestial bodies.  The biggest difference this makes is that the Okanagan one can be used day or night and cloud cover doesn't block reception.

There are plenty of visual displays, audio tracks to explain equipment and its uses, and as an added bonus, perched atop older, no longer functioning equipment is a soon to be reoccupied osprey nest that will likely be a sideline focus at the centre later this year.

Please have a look at the photos I took today.

It has been quite a day, and the night is getting old, so I bid you,


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