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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
August 5, 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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August 12, 2015
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
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August 19, 2015
Themed Astronomy for Kids Show: Explosions
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:7:00pm
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August 26, 2015
Ancient Astronomy
The night sky is likely the only sight an ancient human would recognize in today's world. The stars and sights we see today are the same as those seen by our most distant ancestors. Hear the legends of the constellations, learn to navigate by the stars, and see how human cultures have used and continue to use astronomy to prosper. Come and join us at the planetarium to connect with our ancestors and see the cosmos as they did.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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September 2, 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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September 9, 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, 8:15pm
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September 16, 2015
New Horizons
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 Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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September 23, 2015
Eclipses
What are the different types of eclipses, why don.t they occur more often, and how can we safely observe them? During this show we.ll discuss the answers to these questions, as well as when can we next see such events from southern Ontario. We.ll also explore other types of transits, eclipses and occultations that we can see not only from the Earth, but also other places in the Solar System.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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September 30, 2015
Themed Astronomy for Kids Show: Explosions
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: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
Reserve Tickets