To celebrate 40 years of astronomy at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, a very special theme day – titled “Un oeil québécois sur l’Univers” (Quebec Looks at the Universe) – will be held on the MIL Campus of Université de Montréal, on August 11, 2018. This event is a unique occasion to bring together professional astronomers and amateurs of astronomy. There will be astronomy-themed activities for children, conferences and a stargazing party!
Time travel (3-6 p.m.)
To collect all the stickers to fill out their very own sky map, participants will be invited to go on a treasure hunt for astronomical images taken at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, make a “Constellarium”, watch a demonstration on infrared astronomy and draw a telescope. They willl also get to learn more about some outstanding scientists (with the diversity committee of the physics department D-PHY), about the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic and about NASA’s amazing upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. Kiosk will also be held by a film maker at Espace pour la vie – Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan and one counsellor from the Cosmodôme. It will also be possible to look at the greatest star, our Sun, with telescopes thanks to the amateur astronomers of the Société d’astronomie du Planétarium de Montréal. Kids will be able to participate in workshops with Folie Technique and Cirkazou. And don’t forget to get your astronomical makeup and try some fabulous “space” ice cream!
Cosmic Happy Hour
Another good reason to come to the event before 5 p.m. is to have a drink and eat while discussing the Big Bang, exoplanets and meteorites with l’Université de Montréal’s astronomers. A food truck and a caterer will be onsite.
Constellation Conferences and Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, live (7-9 p.m.)
The scientists who made their mark on the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic and astronomy in Quebec are featured in this great constellation of conferences.
Then, the guides at the ASTROLab du Parc national du Mont-Mégantic invite everybody to join them on a virtual tour of the observatory with them.
Observation of the stars and music in the gardens (9-11 p.m.)
A string quartet of l’Université de Montreal AME will play classical music while we watch the stars and the Perseid meteor shower, in association with amateur astronomers of the Société d’astronomie du Planétarium de Montréal.
During the event, participation and door prizes will be offered, in collaboration with Éditions MultiMondes.
The Virage – MIL Campus is located in Outremont at 6700 Durocher Ave. The closest metro station is Parc, on the blue line. From there, the site is a 10-15 minutes’ walk, or a short bus ride (take the 80 south, and exit at du Parc / No 6590).
PLEASE NOTE: The site is a vacant lot near the new MIL Campus construction site. It is often very windy and the ground is rocky. Wear the right shoes and clothes. There are portable toilets on site, and it’s a good idea to bring your own water bottle. You can also bring chairs and floor mattresses to observe the stars in the evening.
In case of rain, the event will take place under the tents!
Scientific and EPO Coordinator
Institute for research on exoplanets (iREx)
Université de Montréal
Projets éphémères du campus MIL
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An event organized by iREx – Institut de recherche sur les exoplanètes, the Centre de recherche en astrophysique du Québec, the Département de physique de l’Université de Montréal and the Campus MIL – Université de Montréal, in collaboration with the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, Folie Technique, Espace pour la vie – Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, SAPM – Société d’astronomie du Planétarium de Montréal, Cosmodôme, Éditions MultiMondes, ASTROLab du parc national du Mont-Mégantic and Comité diversité physique (D-PHY).