W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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W.J. McCallion Planetarium
(Hamilton, Ontario)

Next Public Shows — August 27
Topic:The Astronomy of Shakespeare
Introduction: "O, swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable."

Throughout his work, Shakespeare makes consistent use of the heavens to help convey everything from the feelings and thoughts of his characters to simply the passage of time. Shakespeare not only had a firm grasp on the behaviour of the cosmos, but appeared to have a keen interest in it as well! As part of our tour through the Solar System and beyond, we will compare various references to the night sky in the works of Shakespeare to their real-world counterparts in attempts to decipher their meaning. We will also explore how the scientific beliefs of Shakespeare's time influenced his writing, and how they have evolved over time.
Show Times: 7:00pm
Reserve Tickets:Reserve your tickets and manage your reservations here. Tickets may be available at the door, but this is not guaranteed. If a show is sold out you can choose to be added to the waiting list, and you will be notified if seats become available. Please note that if you are late, your reserved tickets may be given away to those without reservations.
Future Shows:See a full list of all future shows here.

Next Observing Sessions — Summer 2014
Details:Join the McCallion Planetarium presenters, astronomy graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to view the night sky through the Department of Physics and Astronomy's telescopes. Reservations for this free viewing event are not required. Visitors are welcome to simply take a quick peak as they are passing, or to stay for the duration of the event. Dress warmly! For more information please visit the McMaster Sidewalk Astronomy website.
Location:McMaster University, near the turning circle in front of buildings 50 (Mary Keyes Residence) and 26 (Matthews Hall). See Locations and Directions for campus map and further directions to campus.
Weather:The planetarium shows can go ahead during weather of all types, the observing events are weather permitting. If the observing event is cancelled, a note will be posted here on the McMaster Sidewalk Astronomy website.