Shooting Stars of Summer
Aug. 2, 2012 6:00pm
Astronomy Nights are suitable for the whole family and all ages. Our indoor programs go ahead even if skies are cloudy. Regular admission prices apply.
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Telescope Viewing — See the Sun Up Close
Where: Outdoor Plaza
See the Sun, sunspots and solar flares through our safe solar telescopes, weather permitting.
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Science Activity — Drive a Mars Rover
Where: Presentation Theatre
Take a Mars rover model for a remote-controlled drive around a simulated Mars-scape, courtesy astronomer and CBC Radio "starman" Don Hladiuk.
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Science Activity — Meteorites To See and Touch
Astronomer Roland Deschesne presents his collection of real meteorites from around theworld, including some you can touch. See one of the best collections of meteorites in southern Alberta.
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Science Activity — Land a Rover by Parachute
Build a mockup rover and try to land it safely in a perilous descent from our Atrium Bridge.
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Science Demo — Curious Carbon Dioxide
Learn about the properties of CO2 – dry ice – the substance that controls the weather and climate on Mars.
6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Dome Show — Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Where: HD Digital Dome
Watch our current Dome feature and live planetarium show (45 minutes, extra ticket required).
7:00 p.m. Dome Show — What's Up in the Night Sky?
Where: HD Digital Dome
TELUS Spark astronomer Alan Dyer presents a special 45-minute live night sky show using the Digistar planetarium system, with a preview of the Perseids, a tour of the summer sky, a flight through the summer Milky Way, and previews of the Marslanding. Included with admission.
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Telescope Clinic and Astronomy Info Table
Experts from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada help you tune up your telescope for stargazing. Bring down your telescope for expert advice.
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Space Videos
Watch the latest NASA videos about Mars, the sky tonight, the Sun, and the Space Station.
FYI – The Curiosity Mars rover landing is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. Calgary time (MDT), Sunday, August 5. To watch streaming video of NASA’s TV coverage of the event, go to the NASA TV website: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv Coverage begins at 10 p.m. MDT. For details about the Curiosity mission see http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/