W.J. McCallion Planetarium


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July 24, 2019
Next Generation Telescopes for Cutting Edge Science
Have you come across news of an upcoming telescope that has astronomers teeming with excitement? Have you read an article on an astronomical discovery and wondered what astronomers could have done better with a newer instrument? Do you just wish someone would fill you in on what is being planned for the next batch of cutting edge telescopes to push our understanding of the universe to a new level? If the answer is yes then join us as we tour the upcoming next generation of telescopes starting with those just about to start running to ones that are still decades away from being built. We will touch upon the incredible engineering challenges that must be overcome to one-up the current fleet of observatories and the new science we expect to uncover. Telescopes covered will include the Event Horizon Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope, the Square Kilometer Array, and more. Bonus points will be awarded for asking about telescopes that aren't mentioned by the presenter.
Show Times: 7:00pm
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July 31, 2019
Astronomy for Muggles
In this show we explore how the night sky influenced the names of characters from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe, and we look at some of the astronomical objects Harry and his friends focused on in their years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Brace yourself for a magical night under the dome at the planetarium!
Show Times: 7:00pm
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August 7, 2019
Introductory Astronomy for Kids - Galaxies
Join us at the planetarium for a show especially geared toward younger audiences (8-15 years old) and their family members. You've seen the Sun and the Moon, the planets, and the Hamilton night sky, but what's beyond the Solar System? In this show, we'll journey through the Milky Way and discuss our Solar System's place in the Galaxy and our Galaxy's place in the Universe. How long will it take to get to the nearest stars and to visit other worlds? What's in the centre of the Galaxy? How does our Galaxy compare to others? We'll answer all of these questions and more!
Show Times: 5:45pm, 7:00pm
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August 14, 2019
Oumuamua and Other Eccentric Objects
The size of the universe is so immense that we can't possibly be alone, or can we? Recently, the discovery of the interstellar object Oumuamua and its strange properties have people thinking that it has an extraterrestrial origin. In this show, we will compare Oumuamua with objects in our solar system including dwarf planets and comets. We will also venture away from our solar system to look at stars unlike our sun and at planetary nebulae created from aging stars. Perhaps exploring the puzzling qualities of these other objects will make Oumuamua seem not so strange after all!
Show Times: 7:00pm
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