The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Royal BC Museum present
International Astronomy Day
at the Royal BC Museum
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Amazing Astronomical Activities for all Ages!
All Astronomy Day activities are FREE and available to the general public. Membership in RASC is not required.
Regular admission applies to the Royal BC Museum and IMAX Theatre.
Royal BC Museum – 10AM to 4PM
675 Belleville Street, Victoria
- Interactive activities outside on the plaza
- View the Sun safely through solar telescopes (weather permitting)
- Interactive activities inside in Clifford Carl Hall (Museum main level)
- Telescope-making – grind a mirror and build your own telescope
- Telescope show-and-tell – try out telescopes and ask questions
- Astrophotography – take photos of the night sky with your own camera
- Children’s astro crafts – kids make their own astronomy and space souvenirs
- Ask an Astronomer – find answers to those questions about astronomy and space you always wanted to ask
- Light-based Science – light is energy, and energy is a big part of our Universe
- Responsible Lighting – get pointers on how to reduce your own light pollution, and feel better for it
- Planetarium – cruise the night sky during the day while sitting on a couch
Presentations in Newcombe Auditorium
- 11:00AM – Exploring a New World on the Edge of the Solar System, New Horizons and 2014 MU69 – by famed solar system expert JJ Kavelaars of the NRC. Poster (837kb pdf)
- 12:00 Noon – Space Suite I – Our wondrous universe set to a timeless score – presented by Knowledge Network and Two Story Productions. Poster (837kb pdf)
- 1:00PM – Observing Planet Formation around Young Stars – planetary researcher Ruobing (Robin) Dong from U Vic. Poster (577kb pdf)
- 2:00PM – Space Suite II – Our wondrous universe set to a timeless score – presented by Knowledge Network and Two Story Productions. Poster (837kb pdf)
- 2:30PM – Science & Storytelling: How discoveries of new worlds help tell stories of family – Elizabeth Tasker and Ria Voros. The two authors will discuss how they came to work together unexpectedly through Ria’s novel. Poster (2Mb pdf)
- Elizabeth Tasker is an Astrophysicist at the Institute for Space and Astronautical Science at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Her forthcoming popular science book is “The Planet Factory”, on planet formation and exoplanets. The updated paperback edition comes out in Canada late April.
- Ria Voros is a local Young Adult novelist whose forthcoming book is coincidentally titled “The Centre of the Universe”. In this story 17 year old Grace’s mother is missing. Grace is obsessed with exoplanets and she meets Elizabeth a few times in the book.
Centre of the Universe and the Observatory – 7:30PM to 11PM
Observatory Hill, 5071 West Saanich Road, Saanich
- Plaskett telescope tours
- Observing through telescopes
- Lecture – 8:30PM & 9:30PM – Science & Storytelling: How discoveries of new worlds help tell stories of family – Elizabeth Tasker and Ria Voros
- Only holders of (free) tickets will be admitted to this evening event!
- Click Here to Reserve Your Tickets – currently sold out, but click the link to check back later!