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Astronomy Programs

September 2014 - August 2015

Fascinating Astronomy



Public Astronomy Activities


Star Gazing

Stargazers of all ages enjoy an evening of astronomy at the Museum’s Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory. Weather permitting, visitors can look through the historic 15-inch telescope at the stars, the planets, and the Moon.

This program is free with donation. Your generosity helps the Museum maintain the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory and the astronomy programs.

Dress warmly — all presentations take place outdoors. Join us on the dates below.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:30 p.m. Perseids Meteor Shower Movie Night — relax at this outdoor movie night while keeping an eye out for shooting stars (bring a lawn chair).

Friday, November 14, 2014

8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Museum’s birthday


Saturday, February 14, 2015

8:00 p.m.

Valentine’s Day — a romantic night under the stars ♥

Saturday, March 13, 2015 8:00 p.m. Ontario March Break
Saturday, April 25, 2015 8:00 p.m. International Astronomy Day
Friday, May 15, 2015 9:00 p.m. Spring sky constellations
Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:00 p.m. Summer sky constellations
Thursday, August 13, 2015 8:30 p.m. Perseids Meteor Shower Movie Night — relax at this outdoor movie night while keeping an eye out for shooting stars (bring a lawn chair).

Solar Observing

Solar Observing (NEW)

Safely observe the Sun using the Museum’s solar telescopes at the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory. Discover bright solar prominences and dark sunspots on the Sun’s surface.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

5:37 p.m.

Partial Solar Eclipse – join us to safely view the Sun’s spectacular display through the Museum’s solar telescopes.


Monday, February 16, 2015

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Make the most of this Family Day by joining us at the observatory.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This March Break discover the awesomeness of the Sun.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

International Astronomy Day Celebration



Family Astronomy Workshops

Family Astronomy Workshops

Designed for kids ages 6 to 12, these hands-on family workshops feature take-home crafts. Each workshop offers new discovery activities to encourage children’s exploration of the world of astronomy.

Duration: 90 minutes

Advanced Registration Required. Choose one, three, or all six of the workshops below.

Colour Me Cosmic

Friday, November 7, 2014
7 p.m.

Have fun with the colourful world of astronomy, from infrared to UV light, then create a black-light cosmic craft to bring home.

Make Your Own Telescope

Friday, December 5, 2014
7 p.m.

Build your very own telescope and learn how to use it to find your favourite planets and stars.

3D Constellation Model

Friday, January 30, 2015
7 p.m.

Discover the stars in the constellation of Orion the Hunter, and create a 3D model of the constellation in the sky.

Crazy Comets

Friday, February 27, 2015
7 p.m.

Watch a live demonstration with dry-ice comets, learn how these mysterious Solar System objects are formed, and create your own comet to take home.

Monster Black Holes

Friday, March 27, 2015
7 p.m.

Build a 3D model of a galaxy to learn how giant black holes behave at the centre of galaxies.

Starry Night

Friday, May 1, 2015
7 p.m.

Learn about the spring sky constellations, make your own map of the stars, and learn how to navigate your way across a starry night.


Per child (ages 6 to 12) + 1 adult* Extra adult
1 workshop: $16 1 workshop: $8
3 workshops: $43 3 workshops: $21

*Child works with accompanying adult during the workshop.



Astronomy On Demand for Groups

Private evenings full of stars, planets, and the night sky can be booked throughout the year. Get hands-on with the 15-inch telescope at the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory and marvel at the night sky. Star-hop your way across the night sky in the Museum’s inflatable planetarium and relax with the tales of ancient constellations.

Youth Astronomy Nights

Advanced Registration Required.
$4.50 per person (minimum per group: $90)
Duration: 90 minutes

Youth participate in hands-on astronomy activities as they learn about the Solar System, discover how stars are formed, and touch real meteorites. These programs can be tailored to Sparks, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts, Pathfinders, and Venturers wishing to obtain their astronomy badges.

Astronomy for Everyone

Advanced Registration Required.
$9 per person (minimum per group: $90)
Duration: 90 minutes

Families, friends, and groups — enjoy an evening of astronomy discovery and intrigue. An experienced astronomy educator guides you through the Universe and beyond over a hot drink. The program can be adapted to your specific interests, or let the educator take the reins and show you the magic of astronomy.



Special Activites

Partial Solar Eclipse

October 23, 2014
5:37 p.m.

Join in this spectacular astronomical event, as the Moon eclipses the Sun. Safely observe the eclipse through solar telescopes and the Museum’s historic 15-inch refracting telescope. Take a tour of the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory while learning more about eclipses and how they are created.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m., eclipse begins at 5:37 p.m.

International Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Join in as the Museum celebrates International Astronomy Day with exclusive access to telescopes and the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory — the Universe is yours to discover.

Daytime Solar Observing - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Evening Star Party - 8 p.m.




Advance registration is required for all On Demand programs and family workshops. Payment is required upon registration. The Museum reserves the right to substitute workshops when registration is insufficient.

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TTY: 613-991-9207

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