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Current Schedule

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.

Date Show Description
April 1, 2015
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 Times: 5:45pm, 7:00pm
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April 8, 2015
Moons of the Solar System
Our Solar System is home to eight planets, a diverse family of worlds. While many are familiar with the incredible sights of these planets, fewer know that there is even more variety among these planets' 173 moons. In this show, I will take you through a tour of some of the more spectacular moons of the Solar System, from icy Europa, to volcanic Io. Along the way, we will learn about how planets and moons form when a solar system begins to coalesce. We will also learn about the incredible story of how our own Moon formed.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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April 15, 2015
Themed Astronomy Show for Kids: Myths
Join us at the planetarium for a show especially geared towards a younger audience (around 8-15years old) and their family members. These themed shows will explore other topics beyond those covered in the "Introductory Astronomy for Kids" shows.
Show Times: 5:45pm, 7:00pm
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April 22, 2015
(Show Cancelled)
April 29, 2015
Cosmology
I'm a human being, and if you are too, you probably live on the planet Earth. That planet orbits a star called the Sun, in a galaxy called the Milky Way, which itself is embedded in the universe. I think that's pretty interesting, and so I've always wanted to know more about this place that we call home. I study how the galaxies we see in the universe grow and change over time, and how the things inside them (stars and gas) interact with each other. I use computer simulations to study how these things happen over billions of years. During my shows, I will show you a little slice of this universe, and how we fit into it. How did the Universe begin? What happened in the first 10 billion years before our Solar System existed? How will the Universe end? Find out in this show about the origin, evolution, large-scale structures, and fate of the Universe.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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May 6, 2015
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 Times: 7:00pm
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May 13, 2015
A History of Cosmic Perspectives
When the ancient Greeks looked up at the skies, they imagined the Earth at the centre of our Universe, surrounded by the Sun, the planets, and the multitudes of stars. During the Renaissance, that viewpoint was supplanted by Copernicus' heliocentric system, where the Earth and the other planets revolved around the Sun. Follow in the footsteps of modern astronomers, as we find out that the centre of our vast Universe was not the Earth, or the Sun, or even our host galaxy, the Milky Way.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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