W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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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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October 5, 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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October 12, 2016
Carl Sagan's Universe
"The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be," proclaims Carl Sagan in the opening of his landmark television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Sagan, who during his life made many important contributions to the scientific understanding of our Solar System, was best known for his extraordinary ability to convey the significance and wonder of science to general audiences. We will voyage through the Solar System and the Universe beyond whilst drawing inspiration from writings of Dr. Sagan along the way. Carl Sagan once famously stated: "We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." Join your fellow sentient collections of star-stuff and learn about the Universe from which we came.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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October 19, 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 Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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October 26, 2016
Dammit Jim, I'm an astronomer!
Come explore our Galaxy aboard the Starship Enterprise. In this show, we will display and describe some of the celestial objects talked about in various Star Trek series and movies. Phasers will be set to fun as we observe the wondrous phenomena that our future starships will perhaps one day see up close.
Show Time: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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