W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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October 29, 2014
Life in the Universe - The Search
Since the dawn of civilization, humanity has wondered whether life existed among the stars. With the dawn of modern astronomy, tools have become available that can start to answer this question. From the classic SETI radio survey, to searching for Dyson spheres with space telescopes, we have been looking for evidence of alien intelligence for decades. Messages have also been sent out to likeliest locations for life!
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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November 5, 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, 7:00pm
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November 12, 2014
The Astronomy of Shakespeare
"O, swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable" Throughout his work, Shakespeare makes consistent use of the heavens to help convey everything from the feelings and thoughts of his characters to simply the passage of time. Shakespeare not only had a firm grasp on the behaviour of the cosmos, but appeared to have a keen interest in it as well! As part of our tour through the Solar System and beyond, we will compare various references to the night sky in the works of Shakespeare to their real-world counterparts in attempts to decipher their meaning. We will also explore how the scientific beliefs of Shakespeare's time influenced his writing, and how they have evolved over time.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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November 19, 2014
Galileo's Astronomy
Without the use of big telescopes, computers or any other technological invention that we now have available, 17th century Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei made a range of discoveries about astronomy that are still valuable today. Among his many discoveries are several of Jupiter's moons, detailed descriptions of the Moon's surface, the phases of Venus and even sunspots. In the words of Einstein, "he [Galileo] is the father of modern physics - indeed, of modern science altogether". Come and see this show to learn more about his life, his discoveries, and how he made them - and in making them, how he broke many of the taboos of the time!
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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November 26, 2014
Lumos! Astronomy for Muggles
Imagine climbing to the top of the Astronomy Tower with your telescope in hand and peering through it out to the night sky. Perhaps you would observe the 'dog' star, Sirius, the massive constellation, Draco, or the Andromeda Galaxy. Author J.K. Rowling took much inspiration from celestial objects when naming many of the characters in the beloved Harry Potter series. Join us as we explore the night sky, learning the myths and legends of these astronomical objects.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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