International Astronomy Day is coming to Victoria on April 27. If you’re viewing the night skies you may even spot Tiangong-1 (artist depiction here), the Chinese space station that will plummet to Earth soon. (Courtesy Aerospace Corp.)

International Astronomy Day lands in Victoria tomorrow

Various space-oriented activities happen April 27 at Royal B.C. Museum, Observatory Hill

International Astronomy Day is coming to Victoria on April 27 and to celebrate the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) has organized day and night time activities to showcase our skies.

Starting out the day at the Royal B.C. Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., attendees will be able to use solar telescopes to view the sun safely. There will also be a telescope-making workshop and an astrophotography display showing you how to take photos of the night sky with personal cameras. Other activities throughout the day include Ask an Astronomer, astro-crafts and light-based science lessons.

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There will be three free lectures on astronomy in the museum’s Newcombe Conference Hall by Dr. J.J. Kavelaars, who discovered the sixth dwarf planet in the solar system in 2016; Ruobing Dong of UVic and Elizabeth Tasker of the Japanese Space Agency, and local author Ria Voros.

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Evening activities will be hosted on Observatory Hill in Saanich from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., including The Centre of the Universe exhibit and access to the Observatory. Attendees will also be able to tour the historic Plaskett Telescope and RASC members will have their personal telescopes set up for public viewing if weather permits.

While all of the astronomy presentations, displays and workshops are free, regular admission charges will apply to the permanent galleries of the museum and the IMAX theatre. Entry to the observatory grounds is by ticket only but the tickets are free.

For more information visit victoria.rasc.ca.


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