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Astronomy Programs

September 2013 - August 2014

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.


Friday, February 14, 2014

8:00 p.m.

Valentine’s Day — a romantic night under the stars

Saturday, March 29, 2014

8:00 p.m.

Earth Hour — What better time to gaze at the night skies than when the lights go out!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

8:00 p.m.

International Astronomy Day

Sunday, May 18, 2014

9:00 p.m.

International Museum Day

Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:00 p.m.  
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).

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.


Monday, February 17, 2014

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Saturday, March 8, 2014

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This March Break discover the awesomeness of the Sun.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

International Astronomy Day Celebration

Saturday, June 21, 2014

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice — the longest day of the year!



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.

Eclipsing Moon

Friday, October 18, 2013
7 p.m.

Explore lunar eclipses and watch the penumbral eclipse of the Moon live through the Museum’s telescopes (or bring your own!) The telescope portion of the evening is weather permitting — dress warmly.

Mega Meteorites

Saturday, November 16, 2013
10 a.m.

Meteor impact! Play with meteorites and impact craters, touch real meteorites, and create a craft to bring home.

Solar System Snow Globe

Friday, December 13, 2013
7 p.m.

Create a sparkly snow globe that contains all eight Solar System planets.

Supernova Showdown

Saturday, February 1, 2014
10 a.m.

Get up close and personal with these spectacular star explosions and bring them to life with a take-home craft.

Ancient Zodiac Mysteries

Friday, March 21, 2014
7 p.m.

Discover the world of zodiac constellations and mythology in the Museum’s inflatable planetarium and make your own zodiac artwork.


Per child (ages 6 to 12) + 1 adult* Extra adult
1 workshop: $15 1 workshop: $7
3 workshops: $40 3 workshops: $20

*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 per person (minimum per group: $80)
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.
$8 per person (minimum per group: $80)
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

National Science and Technology Week

October 18 to 27, 2013

Solar Observing and Star Party

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Join in as the Museum opens the doors to the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for solar observing, and again at 7 p.m. for an evening star party.

Earth Hour

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Celebrate by turning off your lights and joining in for an evening of starlit fun. Observe the sky through various telescopes including the 15-inch refracting telescope at the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory. Cozy up with constellation stories in the indoor inflatable planetarium.

International Astronomy Day

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Join in for a full day of astronomy activities for the whole family — the Universe is yours to discover!

Daytime Activities

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enjoy activities for all ages that are out of this world! Explore the night sky in the inflatable planetarium, safely observe the Sun, visit the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory, and make your own astronomy craft to take home.

Evening Star Party

8 p.m.

Enjoy views of the Moon and planets through a variety of telescopes including Canada’s largest refracting telescope. The program is outdoors and weather permitting. Dress warmly.




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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