Summer of Space

Summer of Space

National Star Party

Saturday, July 29

On this date, public star parties will be held across the country in honour of the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. Join us at the Ontario Science Centre as we unite under one sky and celebrate Canadian contributions to astronomy with telescope observing*, a performance by Aaron Bell, Ojibway Storyteller, live astronomy and space-themed demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Enjoy a screening of the film Hawaiian Starlight, a cinematic symphony by Jean-Charles Cuillandre and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, and listen to Dr. Andy Pon of Western University discuss some of the weird and wacky problems astronomers have had to deal with – including piracy on the high seas, fighter air craft landing on telescopes, and plutonium spills – in his talk, "Bizarre Tales from the World of Astronomy."

Presented in collaboration with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada: Toronto Centre.
             

July 29, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
TELUSCAPE, outside the Main Entrance
Free admission
Parking is $10 per vehicle (Member discounts apply)

*Telescope observing is weather permitting. In the event of poor weather, star party activities will proceed on the Carlton Cards Mezzanine.

Solar Eclipse Party

Monday, August 21

Solar observingSafely observe the Moon passing between the Earth and the Sun, blocking 70% of its light over Toronto. The rare event will be viewed through specially filtered glasses and telescopes* with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at the Ontario Science Centre.

Presented in collaboration with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada: Toronto Centre.
             
August 21, 
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
TELUSCAPE, outside the Main Entrance
Free admission for outdoor activities
Parking is $10 per vehicle (Member discounts apply)

Eclipse begins: 1:10 p.m. | Eclipse maximum: 2:32 p.m. | Eclipse ends: 3:49 p.m.

*Solar observing is weather permitting.

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