Apollo 11: A celebration
Jul
20
6:00 PM18:00

Apollo 11: A celebration

Event is currently sold out, but check the link below for tickets that become available through cancellations. Also, late entry tickets are released at 8pm

Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Activities include:

  • The a cappella choir, Vox Humana singing in the Dome

  • An annotated viewing of the entire Moon Walk with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from 50 years ago

  • Self-Guided Gallery Tours
  • Special Moon Planetarium programming
  • UVIC Science Venture programmes
  • Kid’s Craft table
  • Virtual Reality of Apollo 11
  • 3-D Lunar Landscape Photo Booth
  • Memory Wall
  • Telescope and Dome Tours
  • Telescopes with members of the RASC on the deck and parking lot (weather dependent)
  • BBQ with hamburgers/ hotdogs, chips and a drink for $5
  • Gift Shop

Featured presentation:

July 20 th 2019 – 7:45pm to 10:45pm

The Apollo 11 Moonwalk

Dr. Chris Gainor

Abstract:

This presentation will show the entire Apollo 11 moonwalk as it was televised on the evening of July 20, 1969, along with descriptive slides. Chris Gainor will discuss the flight of Apollo 11, the symbolic aspects of the first walk on another celestial body, and the scientific work carried out by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface. The presentation will begin shortly before 8 p.m., just as it did in real time in 1969, and will continue for the two hours and 40 minutes of this historic event. Bio: Chris Gainor is a historian specializing in the history of space flight and aeronautics. He has five published books and is currently writing a history of the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. He is President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

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Evening Lecture: The Moon after Apollo
Jul
18
7:15 PM19:15

Evening Lecture: The Moon after Apollo

There will be a guest speaker giving 40-minute lectures starting at 7:15pm and repeating a second time at 8:30pm. Seating is limited in the auditorium, no tickets required, the gallery hall will also be open to self-guided tours.

Abstract:

A summary of lunar exploration since Apollo, up to the present day. This talk looks briefly at all the spacecraft which have flown to the Moon since the 'Apollo era' and the last Soviet lunar missions. The Moon was all but forgotten between the mid-1970s and 1990 as a wave of robotic missions swept across the solar system, but since then many nations have sent spacecraft to the Moon, to orbit, impact or land on its surface. NASA had laid the groundwork for future human exploration and the first privately funded spacecraft has travelled to the Moon.

Speaker Bio:

Phil Stooke is a planetary scientist and cartographer with a PhD from UVic. He taught in the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at Western University in London, Ontario until his recent retirement. He has published The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration and similar books on Mars and is currently revising his lunar atlas.

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Evening Lecture: Apollo in the Age of Aquarius
Jul
17
7:15 PM19:15

Evening Lecture: Apollo in the Age of Aquarius

There will be a guest speaker giving 40-minute lectures starting at 7:15pm and repeating a second time at 8:30pm. Seating is limited in the auditorium, no tickets required, the gallery hall will also be open to self-guided tours.

Abstract:

The ‘race to the Moon’, culminating with the successful Apollo landings, helped to define the 1960’s. All things related to the effort to land on the Moon, permeated pop culture during the decade. From astronaut ice cream to David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ space permeated culture. However, there was another side to the 1960’s: the civil rights struggle, the antiwar movement, environmentalism, feminism, and the counterculture. In these movements the ‘race to the Moon’ was seen as a waste of money and NASA as supporting the military effort in Vietnam. These two sides of the tumultuous 1960s, and their intersection, will be explored.

Speaker Bio:

Dennis Crabtree is Director Emeritus of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO). He has worked at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (twice), the Gemini Observatory (based in Chile), and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. He grew up in the 1960’s and was fascinated with the space program, which probably led to his becoming an astronomer.

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Evening Lecture: Canada’s Contributions to Apollo
Jul
16
7:15 PM19:15

Evening Lecture: Canada’s Contributions to Apollo

There will be a guest speaker giving 40-minute lectures starting at 7:15pm and repeating a second time at 8:30pm. Seating is limited in the auditorium, no tickets required, the gallery hall will also be open to self-guided tours.

Abstract:

A closer look at how Canadians and Canadian industry contributed to the Apollo 11 mission.

Speaker Bio:

Chris Gainor is a historian of technology and writer specializing in space exploration and aeronautics. He holds a PhD in the history of technology from the University of Alberta, and he is currently writing a history of the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. He is the author of five books, and his writings have appeared in many publications. His first book, ‘Arrows to the Moon,’ outlined Canada’s contributions to the U.S. space program, especially the Apollo program. His fifth book, The Bomb and America’s Missile Age, has recently been published. Chris is President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and Editor of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly.

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Member and Volunteer Lunar Eclipse Party
Jan
20
6:00 PM18:00

Member and Volunteer Lunar Eclipse Party

Lunar Eclipse Party, Observatory Hill. Featuring Presentation and Demonstration given by Bob McDonald of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks entitled “Hidden Shadows: The Magic of Eclipses”.

  • Presentation at 6:30pm

  • Partial Eclipse starts 7:36pm

  • Total Eclipse 8:52 - 9:54pm

  • Partial Eclipse ends 10:48pm

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Victoria Centre has extensive information on the eclipse and how to photograph it. Check out their Eclipse Page!

Admission is for Members and Volunteers: If you wish to attend, please join our membership list to attend, and e-mail eclipse2019@observatoryhill.org to let us know the size of your party.

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