W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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April 23, 2014
Backyard Astronomy
Backyard astronomy sounds simple enough: get a telescope, point it at the sky and take a look. When you look at the night sky through a telescope you'll see many points of lights. How do you find certain objects? What kind of objects can you see? What kind of telescope should you use? Join us at the planetarium as we go through the essentials of gazing at the night sky with a telescope.
Show Times: 7:00pm and 8:15pm
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April 30, 2014
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 and 8:15pm
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May 7, 2014
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
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May 14, 2014
Icy Worlds
The Solar System is comprised of eight planets, over one hundred moons and innumerable comets and asteroids. The majority of these objects are far from us, deep in space and receive basically no sunlight. What is the nature of these Icy Worlds? Is Pluto really a ball of ice? What are comets? Come and learn about these mysterious, frozen objects that almost never see the light of day.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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May 21, 2014
The Life and Times of Betelgeuse
Astronomers often use language to describe evolutionary stages in stars that is decidedly human. From stellar birth to death, companions to mid-life we use descriptive words that suggest stars are alive. Using the red-supergiant Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion as our subject, we.ll explore the evolutionary stages of stars and our choice of language . from birth through independence and mid-life to eventual death. We.ll also explore some of the possible fates of Betelgeuse, covering scenarios ranging from supernova to neutron stars and black holes and how this could affect Earth.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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May 28, 2014
Stars Aren't All Lonely
The nearest star to our Sun, Proxima Centauri, is over four light years away. But not all stars are as lonely as the Sun! Some stars are in pairs and some come in groups of up to six! There are small villages of a few hundred stars and even giant metropolises of hundreds of thousands of stars, all gravitationally bound to one another. These vastly different environments can have a lot of interesting effects on stellar lifecycles, and help us to understand how stars grow and evolve.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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