W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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May 11, 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 Time: 7:00pm
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May 18, 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 Time: 7:00pm
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May 25, 2016
Death from the Skies!
Space is a place inhospitable to human life. Luckily for us, we live on a warm, wet planet with plenty of air to breath and food to eat. But even here on the comfortable surface of Earth, astronomical phenomena can not only potentially kill individuals, but even wipe out all life on the planet! In this show, we look at all the different ways space can ruin your day, and talk about how likely you are to come face to face with an asteroid impact, a rogue black hole, and even the end of the universe itself!
Show Time: 7:00pm
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June 1, 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: 7:00pm
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June 8, 2016
Celestial Harmonies
Over the decades, the night sky has motivated astronomers to try and understand the science behind everything in the Universe. At the same time, it has also driven artists to create works of art that try and capture the beauty and wonder of the Universe. Join us as we take a look at some of these astronomical objects and the music they have inspired, as well as some new directions where music and science can come together to improve our understanding of the Universe.
Show Time: 7:00pm
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June 15, 2016
The Astrophysics of Everyday Life
In our daily lives, we constantly experience physical phenomena. Driving in a car, turning on a light, boiling water -- physics is inescapable. But the fundamental laws that govern everyday life don't stop there. On the scale of the Universe, these same equations have extraordinary consequences. In this show, we'll take a tour of the night sky and see these principles in action. Just by looking in the right places, we'll be able to see, for example, what it looks like when you turn on a light the size of our Solar System.
Show Time: 7:00pm
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June 22, 2016
Robotic Renaissance
After nearly a decade in space, the fastest launched spacecraft ever built finally reached its destination on July 14, 2015: Pluto. New Horizons is but one piece in a renaissance of robotic space exploration: the first of NASA's New Frontiers program, it has revealed for the first time the surface of the mysterious, icy world of Pluto. In this show, we will retrace the steps of New Horizons over its nine-year journey. We will also see some of the other remarkable destinations that humanity has begun exploring in 2015, and where we plan to go over the next decade.
Show Time: 7:00pm
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June 29, 2016
Cosmic Footprints
Since the launch of the Sputnik space probe in 1957, nothing has captured our imaginations like the exploration of the Universe we live in. Along with the hundreds of satellites sent to orbit the Earth, numerous probes have been sent to planets and other objects in the Solar System and beyond. Join us as we take a look back at the history of space exploration, the alien worlds it has shed light on and what we have learned as of today, as well as a look ahead to future missions in this 21st century.
Show Time: 7:00pm
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