Direct From the Milky Way

Direct From the Milky Way

Suitable for grades 6-9.


November 23, 2022

April 26, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 PM (MT)


Virtually via Zoom

Links provided after registration


Individual student/household: $5

One class online (up to 35 students): $85


Best suited for grades 6-9

Need some space? Direct From can send students to the Milky Way!

Ever want to be an astronomer for a day? This Direct From is now boarding all students and teachers for a round trip to the Milky Way.

Direct From the Milky Way, is a live interactive program that takes students on a galactic journey through neighbouring galaxies, black holes, clusters and the Solar System. Experts from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) teach students the fundamentals of sky science and astronomy, and what it is like to be an astronomer for a day!

What to expect:

  • A live virtual session with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), along with other classes and individuals.
  • A one-hour interactive program with an expert from RASC, along with a special Q&A to ask all of those big space questions.
  • Explore the technology that is used to see and observe the night sky.
  • Dive into the Solar System, black holes, constellations and nebulae.



Individual student/household: $5

One class online (up to 35 students): $85

Dates & Times

November 23, 2022

April 26, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 PM (MT)

Curriculum Ties

Grade 6: Sky Science

Grade 9: Space Exploration

For more information please contact [email protected] or 403.817.6802.

Individual Booking Class Booking

To ensure the best possible experience, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Please note that registration closes two days before the session. So, if you are interested in participating, contact Spark as soon as you can!
  • Numbers matter! At least two classes or 30 participants are needed to run each Direct From. As such, multiple classes are able to attend each session. Programs may be cancelled due to low registration.
  • Participants will receive an email with more details the day before the session.
  • For classrooms or large groups, sessions are best viewed on a large screen connected to a computer.
  • During the session, everyone is expected to be respectful of the Spark host, guest speakers and other viewers.
  • Feel free to enter the session with cameras and microphones on, but please turn off microphones once the presentations begin to minimize distractions. 
  • Students and educators may be asked to participate in interactive activities throughout the session – another great reason to have cameras on! However, please note that Direct From sessions are always recorded, so cameras should be off if viewers do not want to be part of the recording. Recordings are used for Spark internal purposes only and cannot be shared with participants after the session.
  • Each class or group of students will have a chance to ask at least one question during the Q&A session! It’s best to prepare questions ahead of time. Questions and comments may also be shared through the session chat window, but please make sure they are appropriate for a wider audience.

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