W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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June 21, 2017
Exploring the Red Planet
Meet our nearest neighbouring planet, Mars! For decades, we have been fascinated by this red planet and the secrets it holds, waiting to be unlocked. Home to some of the highest mountains and largest valleys in the Solar System, Mars could also host life and maybe one day, even us! Join us as we explore Mars and its alien landscape, the past, present and future of Mars exploration and what we've learned along the way.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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June 28, 2017
Asteroids: Vermin of the Sky
Will an asteroid impact someday cause the extinction of the human race? Asteroids can destroy life, but they may have also been necessary to form life in the first place. These "vermin of the sky" have secrets to the origin of life preserved in their interiors; waiting to be revealed by future sample-return spacecraft. They are also an untapped source of ultra-high- grade precious metals and rocket fuel. This show will cover everything there is to know about asteroids. Come learn about one of the most precarious threats to human existence.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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July 5, 2017
Introductory Astronomy for Kids - Solar System
Join us at the planetarium for a show geared toward younger audiences (8-15 years old) and their family members. We’ll first take you on a tour of the night skies seen from Hamilton, and the focus on the many fascinating bodies within our Solar System. Along the way we will visit all of the planets, some of the most interesting moons, and even more if time permits!
Show Times: 5:45pm, 7:00pm
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July 12, 2017
Galileo: Father of Observational Astronomy
Galileo Galilei pioneered the use of a telescope to look at the many wonders of the night sky. Due to his enormous contributions, Galileo is often called the father of observational astronomy. Using the planetarium, we will explore his numerous discoveries and how they have fundamentally changed our understanding of the Universe. Come and see Jupiter's 4 biggest satellites, the surface of the Moon, the phases of Venus, and strange dark spots on the Sun.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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July 19, 2017
Gravity in Space: From Orbits to Gravitational Waves
We all are familiar with gravity, the force that lets us stand on the ground and causes things to fall on our heads. But how does this force change and what does it do when we zoom out to the scale of our Solar System? Or when we look at incredibly massive objects like black holes? In this show, we will move from Newton to Einstein, learning about how gravity allows us to stand on the ground, causes planets to capture moons, and warps space and time itself to create the awe-inspiring recently discovered gravitational waves.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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July 26, 2017
Distant Worlds in our Solar System
Have you ever wondered where comets come from, why Pluto is a dwarf planet, and whether there really is a "Planet Nine" in our midst? Join us on our journey beyond Pluto, and explore the icy bodies of the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud. We will also cover the recent (and exciting!) proposal that there might be a “Planet Nine” in the outer solar system on the verge of discovery.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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August 2, 2017
Introductory Astronomy for Kids - Galaxies
Join us at the planetarium for a show especially geared toward younger audiences (8-15 years old) and their family members. You've seen the Sun and the Moon, the planets, and the Hamilton night sky, but what's beyond the Solar System? In this show, we'll journey through the Milky Way and discuss our Solar System's place in the Galaxy and our Galaxy's place in the Universe. How long will it take to get to the nearest stars and to visit other worlds? What's in the centre of the Galaxy? How does our Galaxy compare to others? We’ll answer all of these questions and more!
Show Times: 5:45pm, 7:00pm
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August 9, 2017
The Celestial Bear: The Six Nations' Night Sky
"That is how I heard the story, so I thought that is how you would hear it as well..." Join us for a fascinating show that blends local culture, history and modern-day astronomy that shares the Six Nations' sky lore and language through traditional indigenous night-sky stories. With narration and visuals by a live presentation and pre-recorded excerpts (in English, Mohawk and Cayuga), learn about the story of the bear and the brothers and how it is retold every year with the rotating patterns in the night sky. See the same stars with a completely different understanding and appreciation! This show was collaboratively-produced by members of the Six Nations, McMaster's Indigenous Studies Program, and the McCallion Planetarium.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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August 16, 2017
A Quarter Century of the Hubble Space Telescope and Beyond
Since April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting 550 km above our planet diligently and precisely peering into the cosmos. Join us as we follow the story of the Hubble Space Telescope from its launch from Earth through many of its immense contributions to scientific discovery. We will start "small" by looking at how the telescope has provided new views of our own solar system, then extend out to the wonders of various objects it has stared at within our Milky Way galaxy and finally enjoy the unprecedented views it has offered of other galaxies throughout the universe. We will discuss the life of Hubble thus far, the end of its mission, and the plans for the next generation in space-based telescopes focusing on the James Webb Space Telescope
Show Times: 7:00pm
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