Ontario Science Centre: To the Moon and Back! Star Party

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing at this special Star Party. Members of RASC (The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre) will be on hand to show you how their telescopes work and point out some of the celestial objects visible in the night sky, including Jupiter. Hear from experts about the latest in lunar science, space-themed musical performances and Moon-inspired activities.

Hosted by Global News Toronto chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell, with special guests:

Gordon (Oz) Osinski is the NSERC/MacDonald, Detwiller and Associates Ltd/Canadian Space Agency Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics and Astronomy at Western University. Osinski is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Lunar Research Network, an Affiliate member of the NASA Lunar Science Institute, and the founder and first Chair of the Planetary Sciences Division of the Geological Association of Canada.


Robert (Bob) Thirsk has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps. He first flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996 with six crewmates as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission. His second flight in 2009 was a six-month expedition aboard the International Space Station. Bob and his five international crewmates performed multidisciplinary research, robotic operations and maintenance of Station systems and payloads.



Cailin Gallinger is a planetary geophysicist and science communicator with an interest in bringing the wonders of the solar system down to Earth and learning to appreciate our own blue marble from them in turn. She is a member of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s (LRO) Diviner instrument science team who combines her artistic and scientific passions through her work as a Host at the Ontario Science Centre.



See the night sky with a First Nations perspective with Wilfred Buck, science specialist for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Using Indigenous star stories and hands-on activities, Buck demonstrates First Nations contributions to astronomy. Wilfred Buck is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, currently employed with the MFNERC as a Science Facilitator. As an educator, Wilfred has had the opportunity to have met, shared with and listened to Indigenous people from all over the world.



Randy Attwood is the President of The Earthshine Astronomy and Space Science Organization, a Mississauga based not for profit charity organization as well as being the Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. In 2012, Asteroid 260235 was renamed Asteroid Attwood in his honour.




Event will be held indoors if poor weather.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free event (Parking $10, Members parking $5)
Registration: Not required
Organized by: Ontario Science Centre and RASC - Toronto Centre
Location: Ontario Science Centre (in front of the Science Centre on the TELUSCAPE)