Event offers free astronomy activities

Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan is hosting a day that includes presentations on astronomy, an astrophotography exhibit, and workshops

Event offers free astronomy

A composite artist’s concept of many exoplanets discovered by astronomers using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. (Credit: NASA/W. Stenzel)

Attention children of Earth! Make sure you’re free on May 7, 2022, because Montreal’s Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan is hosting AstroFest, a full day of activities devoted to space.

The whole family can enjoy free events all day long that include presentations on astronomy, an astrophotography exhibit, information booths, workshops, and a close-up look at the sun.

Trevor Kjorlien from Montreal-based Plateau Astro will be doing an all-ages workshop where participants can build their own scale model of the Earth and Moon “with some augmented reality magic,” said Kjorlien on his Facebook page. Not to be missed is the presentation by Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who will be discussing his time in space and talking about future lunar exploration missions.

Places for Saint-Jacques’ activity are limited and seats must be reserved in advance. If you’re not able to snag a spot, his presentation will also be screened outdoors (weather permitting) and will be broadcast on social networks.

(Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

The festivities will continue into the evening with a chance to view the moon and other celestial bodies through a telescope.

Schedule
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Information booths, workshops, presentations, and arts and crafts
7 p.m.: Presentation by Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques on future missions to the moon
8 p.m.: Musical entertainment
8:30 to 11 p.m.: Night-sky gazing with a telescope

The event takes place on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. All AstroFest activities are free. However, standard prices apply for the Planetarium’s regular indoor shows. For more information, visit espacepourlavie.ca