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Current Schedule

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Date Show Description
April 29, 2015
Cosmology
I'm a human being, and if you are too, you probably live on the planet Earth. That planet orbits a star called the Sun, in a galaxy called the Milky Way, which itself is embedded in the universe. I think that's pretty interesting, and so I've always wanted to know more about this place that we call home. I study how the galaxies we see in the universe grow and change over time, and how the things inside them (stars and gas) interact with each other. I use computer simulations to study how these things happen over billions of years. During my shows, I will show you a little slice of this universe, and how we fit into it. How did the Universe begin? What happened in the first 10 billion years before our Solar System existed? How will the Universe end? Find out in this show about the origin, evolution, large-scale structures, and fate of the Universe.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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May 6, 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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May 13, 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
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May 20, 2015
Astronomy in 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
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May 27, 2015
Doctor Who Astronomy
Doctor Who takes to the the skies in this planetarium show! We have all seen the strange waters of Mars, the Doctor and his companion travelling near a black hole in the Rings of Akhenaten, solar winds that transport alien-Isolus creatures and binary systems with unusual stars. This show will look into the astronomical phenomena that appeared in Doctor Who, but which exist in the real world as well.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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June 3, 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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June 10, 2015
Weird Space
Humanity has been looking at space for hundreds of years and one of the most important discoveries about outer-space is that... it is a very weird place. Come and learn about impossible stars, cocoon shells that appear to move faster than light, endless supplies of space-diamonds and much more!
Show Times: 7:00pm
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June 17, 2015
Themed Astronomy Show for Kids: 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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June 24, 2015
The Scale of the Universe
Have you ever looked up into the night sky and all of a sudden felt extremely small and maybe even a little insignificant? Have you ever wondered where you stand in the grand scheme of the Universe? Join us in the planetarium as we set out to truly answer these questions. Starting from the planet Earth, we will "zoom out" and discuss the sizes and distances to astronomical objects in our Solar System, the solar neighbourhood, within the Milky Way and beyond. The entire scale of the Universe will be covered, from the smallest molecules of gas that make up giant molecular clouds to the size of our observable Universe as we know it.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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