W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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October 26, 2016
Dammit Jim, I'm an astronomer!
Come explore our Galaxy aboard the Starship Enterprise. In this show, we will display and describe some of the celestial objects talked about in various Star Trek series and movies. Phasers will be set to fun as we observe the wondrous phenomena that our future starships will perhaps one day see up close.
Show Time: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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November 2, 2016
Introductory Astronomy for Kids
Join us at the planetarium for a show especially geared towards a younger audience (around 8-15years old) and their family members. We'll first take you on a tour around the night skies seen from Hamilton, and then on to the planets in our Solar System. Along the way, other fascinating objects inside and outside of our own Galaxy will also be shown if time and interest permit.
Show Time: 5:45pm, 7:00pm
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November 9, 2016
Cosmic Corpses: Nebulae, Neutron Stars and Black Holes
Aging stars do not go gently into the night. Their deaths are theatrical and their remnants strange and wonderful. Join us as we fly around the galaxy exploring these cosmic corpses. Soak in the elegant beauty of planetary nebulae, marvel at the powerful brilliance of neutron stars and try to ignore the quiet, creeping terror inside you as we plunge into the dark, unknowable depths of a black hole.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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November 16, 2016
Rust and Stardust: the lives of the stars and the origin of the elements
Have you ever looked up in the starry sky and felt small and insignificant compared to the vastness of the cosmos? What you will learn in this show is that you are actually made of the exact same material as these sparky dots up there. Stars produce the elements that compose everything you see - yourselves included - while they are born, live and die in the cosmic ocean. Visit McCallion Planetarium this year and find out that you are literally made of stardust!
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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November 23, 2016
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, 8:15
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November 30, 2016
The Great Debate: Galaxies and Their Place in the Universe
Less than a hundred years ago, many astronomers thought that the Universe consisted of just our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Others believed that the Milky Way was just one of many 'island universes'. Our journey through the night sky begins with these interesting patches of light, including the most famous Messier objects. Explore the Great Debate between astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, the arguments presented by each side, and how we know today that many of these spiral 'nebulae' are in fact spiral 'galaxies'. Finally, discover the importance of galaxies to our current understanding of cosmology and the Universe as a whole.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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