W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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January 25, 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, 8:15pm
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February 1, 2017
Introductory Astronomy for Kids - Galaxies
Join us at the planetarium for a show especially geared towards a younger audience (around 8-15years 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 star and visit other worlds? What's in the center of our Galaxy? How does our Galaxy compare to others? We'll answer all these questions and more!
Show Times: 5:45pm, 7:00pm
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February 8, 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, 8:15pm
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February 15, 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, 8:15pm
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February 22, 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, 8:15pm
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