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Current Schedule

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Date Show Description
June 1, 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: 7:00pm
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June 8, 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 Time: 7:00pm
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June 15, 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 Time: 7:00pm
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June 22, 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 Time: 7:00pm
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June 29, 2016
Cosmic Footprints
Since the launch of the Sputnik space probe in 1957, nothing has captured our imaginations like the exploration of the Universe we live in. Along with the hundreds of satellites sent to orbit the Earth, numerous probes have been sent to planets and other objects in the Solar System and beyond. Join us as we take a look back at the history of space exploration, the alien worlds it has shed light on and what we have learned as of today, as well as a look ahead to future missions in this 21st century.
Show Time: 7:00pm
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July 6, 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: 7:00pm
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July 13, 2016
Cosmic Corpses: Nebulae, Neutron Stars and Black Holes
Aging stars do not go gently into the night. Their deaths are theatrical and their remnants strange and wonderful. Join us as we fly around the galaxy exploring these cosmic corpses. Soak in the elegant beauty of planetary nebulae, marvel at the powerful brilliance of neutron stars and try to ignore the quiet, creeping terror inside you as we plunge into the dark, unknowable depths of a black hole.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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July 20, 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
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July 27, 2016
The Great Debate: Galaxies and Their Place in the Universe
Less than a hundred years ago, many astronomers thought that the Universe consisted of just our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Others believed that the Milky Way was just one of many 'island universes'. Our journey through the night sky begins with these interesting patches of light, including the most famous Messier objects. Explore the Great Debate between astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, the arguments presented by each side, and how we know today that many of these spiral 'nebulae' are in fact spiral 'galaxies'. Finally, discover the importance of galaxies to our current understanding of cosmology and the Universe as a whole.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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