W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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May 31, 2017
Matters of Size
It is an astounding fact that the laws of Nature at different scales can be understood separately---e.g., you don't need to know about atoms to know how a baseball soars into the stands. Still more remarkable is that astronomy affords us opportunities to study science at almost all scales. In this show, we'll see examples of how astronomy can be used to study the very small, the very large, and the very in-between.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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June 7, 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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June 14, 2017
The Invisible Universe
Light is all around us, both as distant stars in the night sky, and from the Sun illuminating our days. But what about the light that we can not see with our own eyes? Advancements in technology have allowed astronomers to see the Universe from the radio all the way to the X-ray. This invisible light reveals a view of the Universe unseen by the human eye. Come explore this invisible realm of astronomy with us at the McCallion planetarium!
Show Times: 7:00pm
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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: 5:45pm, 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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