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International Astronomical Union Day

January 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

In partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) – St. John’s Centre, The GEO CENTRE will be taking part in IAU‘s 100 hours of worldwide observing activities!

#IAU100 #100HoursOfAstronomy


Planetarium Show: “Two Small Pieces of Glass – The Amazing Telescope” | 10am-4pm | Included with Admission
Celestial Galley
The fulldome show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party.
Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.
Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. Runtime: 23mins.

Mars Rover Demos | 10am-4pm | Included with Admission
Quidi Vidi/Gibbet Hill Room
Have you ever wondered how they drive the Mars’ Rover from Earth? Now is your chance to get in the driver’s seat and learn to drive our rovers through an obstacle course.

Public Solar Observing (outdoor event) | 2-5pm | FREE
Front Entrance
Join the RASC as they observe the sun in white and H-Alpha lighting. This event is weather permitting.

Telescope Workshop (bring your own scope) | 2-5pm | FREE
Celestial Galley
Whether you are looking to set up a new scope or you just want to learn more, join members of the RASC for a hands-on workshop.  But don’t forget to bring your telescope!

Telescope and Astronomy Display | 2-5pm | FREE
Celestial Galley
Join the RASC for a visual display.


Meet Bethany Downer, NL’s 1st Astronaut Candidate | 2-5pm | FREE
Celestial Galley
At 24-years-old, Bethany Downer is on the road to achieving her dreams in space. She has recently become the first scientist-astronaut candidate from Newfoundland, Canada through Project POSSUM.  She has studied at International Space University, completed high-G aerobatic flight training (similar to the forces astronauts experience during rocket liftoff and re-entry to Earth), and was invited to lunch with her excellency Julie Payette, the former Canadian astronaut and current Governor General of Canada.

Bethany has worked for various agencies and organizations, including the European Space Agency (ECSAT), Design&Data, Leiden University Observatory, SES Networks and the Space Generation Advisory Council. She has also developed her own website that actively communicates the science and technology of the industry, called Reaching Space Science, and is in the process of publishing her own book!




January 12
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – St. John’s Centre


175 Signal Hill Road
St. John's, NL A1A 1B2 Canada
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NOTE: Public 3rd-Party Events have booked their space and are planned by the organizers without input from the Johnson GEO CENTRE. Content or views expressed in these events may or may not match the views of the Johnson GEO CENTRE.

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