W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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August 24, 2016
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 Time: 7:00pm
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August 31, 2016
Tour around the Solar System
Where are the planets in our current skies? How do we look for them, and how will they change their appearances? What do the planets look like through telescopes or from the spacecraft in orbit around them? This show will take you to the edge of our Solar System and back... to the hills of Mars, the icy rings of Saturn, Jupiter's volcanic moon and more.
Show Time: 7:00pm
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September 7, 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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September 14, 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 Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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September 21, 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 Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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September 28, 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 Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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