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Western joins the World in 100 hours of Astronomy

100 Hours of Astronomy

By Mitchell Zimmer

It was 400 years ago when Galileo first looked through a telescope into the night sky, and with that viewing astronomy as we know it was born. Now the International Year of Astronomy is celebrating that event with a cornerstone project called the 100 Hours of Astronomy.

From April 2 to 5, public events will be held around the world ranging from live webcasts from prominent observatories, to local stargazing events. A key goal of 100 Hours of Astronomy is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago. The London Centre Royal Astronomy Society of Canada (RASC), the Space Society of London (SSoL), the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy in collaboration with the London Regional Children's Museum and Chapters have all been instrumental in structuring the most activities in all of Southwestern Ontario with the events scheduled below.

Date

Venue

Time

Activity

April 2

 

Chapters Book Stores North and South London

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Star Party

Fingal W.M.A.

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Star Party

April 3

Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Open House

London Regional Children’s Museum

 

7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Star Party (playground open)

Star shows and crafts involving space

Chapters Book Stores North and South London

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Star Party

Fingal W.M.A.

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Star Party

April 4

Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Open House

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Children's Activities

Chapters Book Stores North and South London

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Star Party

Fingal W.M.A.

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Star Party

April 5

 

Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Open House

Chapters Book Stores North and South London

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Star Party

Fingal W.M.A.

7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Star Party

In case of bad weather, only the star parties are cancelled