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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
November 14, 2018
Rust and Stardust
Have you ever looked up at the starry sky and felt small and insignificant compared to the vastness of the cosmos? What you will learn in this show is that you are actually made of the exact same material as these sparky dots up there. Stars produce the elements that compose everything you see -- yourselves included -- while they are born, live and die in the cosmic ocean. Visit the McCallion Planetarium this year and find out that you are literally made of stardust!
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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November 21, 2018
Space Explosions
An old and massive star reaches the end of its life but it’s not going to go quietly. It collapses into itself and explodes in a tremendous show of light and energy to outshine entire galaxies for one brief moment before it’s light is forever extinguished. A supermassive black hole, millions of times larger than the sun lurks as the center of a faraway galaxy. It draws in material from its surroundings to form a magnificent glowing disk of light which ejects a great pillar of high energy particles out into the universe. Solar flares, x-ray bursters, novas and more. Come to the planetarium and learn how these destructive events can happen and what is left behind.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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November 28, 2018
New Solar System Discoveries
Did you know new celestial objects are discovered beyond Neptune's orbit nearly every month? Some of which are nearly the size of Pluto? Did you know Earth has a 2nd Moon? Have you heard the latest on the search for the elusive "Planet Nine?" Is there really a planet called Niribu in our solar system that will soon impact the Earth? In this show, we take a journey through recent history and show the latest Solar System discoveries. We also reveal which alleged objects in our solar system cannot actually be there. The solar system remains vastly uncharted, but the observations we've done so far help us better constrain what is left to find.
Show Times: 7:00pm, 8:15pm
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December 5, 2018
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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