W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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October 14, 2015
Moons of the Solar System
Our Solar System is home to eight planets, a diverse family of worlds. While many are familiar with the incredible sights of these planets, fewer know that there is even more variety among these planets' 173 moons. In this show, we will take you through a tour of some of the more spectacular moons of the Solar System, from icy Europa, to volcanic Io. Along the way, we will learn about how planets and moons form when a solar system begins to coalesce. We will also learn about the incredible story of how our own Moon formed.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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October 21, 2015
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 Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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October 28, 2015
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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November 4, 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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November 11, 2015
Tour Around the Solar System
Where are the planets in our current skies? How do we look for them, and how will they change their appearances? What do the planets look like through telescopes or from the spacecraft in orbit around them? This show will take you to the edge of our Solar System and back... to the hills of Mars, the icy rings of Saturn, Jupiter's volcanic moon and more.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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November 18, 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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November 25, 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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