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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
January 28, 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, 8:15pm
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February 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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February 11, 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, 8:15pm
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February 18, 2015
No shows (Reading Week)
February 25, 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, 8:15pm
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March 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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March 11, 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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March 18, 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: 5:45pm, 7:00pm
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March 25, 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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