Open Houses

Open Houses during COVID-19

The University is currently closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, which will unfortunately suspend our monthly Open Houses for the time being as well as our much anticipated opening of the newly renovated and updated planetarium.  While we are sad to not be able to welcome guests at this time, we encourage everyone to adhere to PHAC guidelines and to stay home.

Spitz, Inc. has generously formatted some Full-Dome content to be viewable on a computer monitor and we are happy to be sharing it here.  We’ll be posting a new video about every week. These videos are for your personal enjoyment and are not to copied ( there is a copyright statement that scrolls through every few minutes), though sharing the link below is welcome.

April 6th, 2020 – The Zula Patrol : Under The Weather

This video is for our youngest audiences.  Come learn about weather on Earth and on other planets in our solar system with the Zula Patrol.

https://www.spitzcreativemedia.com/c-zula-utw-university-of-manitoba/

April 13th, 2020 – Faster Than Light

An all ages show about human exploration around the globe, in our solar system, and beyond.

https://www.spitzcreativemedia.com/c-faster-than-light-university-of-manitoba/

April 20th, 2020 – Dinosaurs at Dusk

https://www.spitzcreativemedia.com/c-dinosaurs-at-dusk-university-of-manitoba/

April 27th, 2020 – Solar Superstorms

An all ages show about the our Sun and the phenomena that give rise to space weather here on Earth.

https://www.spitzcreativemedia.com/c-solar-superstorms-university-of-manitoba/

 

Spring 2020 Open Houses

The Lockhart Planetarium Open Houses will continue through the fall.  The Open Houses will take place at 7:00 pm on the last Wednesday of every month, with the exception of December.  The Open Houses will take place in University College, room 240.  Weather permitting, a guided visit to the Ewen Campus Observatory will be offered. In the case of clear skies, visitors are encouraged to stay for some astronomical observing.

January 29th, 2020  –  7:00 pm  –  240 University College  –  Dr. Renée Desjardins – Diversity in Citizen Science : What’s Lost in Translation?

February 26th, 2020  –  7:00 pm  –  240 University College  – CANCELLED

March 25 th, 2020  –  7:00 pm  –  240 University College  -CANCELLED due to COVID- 19

April 29 th, 2020  –  7:00 pm  –  240 University College  – CANCELLED due to COVID- 19

Fall 2019 Open Houses

The Lockhart Planetarium Open Houses will continue through the fall.  The Open Houses will take place at 7:00 pm on the last Wednesday of every month, with the exception of December.  The Open Houses will take place in University College, room 240.  Weather permitting, a guided visit to the Ewen Campus Observatory will be offered. In the case of clear skies, visitors are encouraged to stay for some astronomical observing.

September 24th, 2019  –  7:00 pm  –  240 University College  –  Dr. Yjan Gordon –

October 30th, 2019  –  7:00 pm  –  240 University College  –  Chelsea Braun –

November 27th, 2019  –  7:00 pm  –  240 University College –

Summer 2019 Open Houses

The Open Houses will continue on the last Wednesday of every month throughout the spring and summer of 2019.  All Open Houses will begin at 7:00 pm and take place in room 240 University College.  Weather permitting, there will be a telescope tour and observing on the roof, the Ewen Campus Observatory.

May 29th, 2019 — Stellar Diversity

June 26th, 2019 –

July 31st, 2019 –

August 28th –

Winter 2019 Open Houses

The Astronomy Open Houses will resume January 2019 and continue throughout the winter and spring.  The Open Houses will be help at 7:00 pm on the last Wednesday of each month from January to April, inclusive. Please note that due to the planetarium itself being under renovation and large crowd sizes, we will be hosting the Open Houses in Room 240 of University College. Details below:

January 30 th – 7:00 pm – University College, Room 240    – –  From Fuzzy Clouds to Island Universes: The history of extragalactic astronomy

February 27 th – 7:00 pm – University College, Room 240    – –  The Galactic Ladder: How astronomers determine distances

March 27 th- 7:00 pm – University College, Room 240   – – Space Mission Fails

April 24 th- 7:00 pm – University College, Room 240   – – TBD

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Fall 2018 Open Houses

The Astronomy Open Houses will continue throughout the fall.  The Open Houses will be help at 7:00 pm on the last Wednesday of each month from September from November, inclusive. Please note that due to the planetarium itself being under renovation and large crowd sizes, we will be hosting the Open Houses in Room 240 of University College. Details below:

September 26 th – 7:00 pm – University College, Room 240    – –  Solar System Formation

October 31 st – 7:00 pm – University College, Room 240    – –  The Dark Universe

November 28 th- 7:00 pm – University College, Room 240   – – TBD

We will not have an Open House in December. Open Houses will resume in January.

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Summer 2018 Schedule:

The Astronomy Open Houses will continue throughout the summer.  Since the sunset occurs prohibitively late, the Open Houses will be held at 7:00 pm each month until September. Details below:

May 30th – 7:00 pm – Room 240  University College   – – Compact Objects

June 27th- 7:00 pm – Room 240 University College   – –  The Sun

July 25th- 7:00 pm – Room 240 University College   – – TBD

August 29th – 7:00 pm – Room 240 University College   – – TBD

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The first in a new series of Astronomy Open Houses will take place on Wednesday, January 31st at 6:30 pm.  Since the planetarium is still under construction, there will be a presentation by an astronomer in University College room 385.  Weather permitting, we will then observe on the roof.

Topic for January 31st, 2018: Cassini – A Retrospective

Monthly open houses at the Ewen Campus Observatory and the Lockhart Planetarium in University College at the Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba occur on the last Wednesday of the month beginning at sunset – rain or shine! This event is hosted jointly by the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Winnipeg Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

The Lockhart Planetarium is located in Room 394 University College and the Ewen Campus Observatory is on the roof (access via the north stairwell of the lecture wing) (See an online interactive map or pdf version.) Free evening parking is available on the South side of the building (Parking Lot B).

There will be a brief introduction in the planetarium to the night sky in season (What’s Up?) followed by viewing through the telescopes, weather permitting. Should the weather be unfavourable then there will be another planetarium presentation of astronomy in the news (What’s New?).

The open house will last for approximately two hours.

The Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. The campus observatory is not wheelchair accessible at the present time.

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