Join us for Cosmic Nights: OSIRIS-REx as we delve into asteroids, comets and other solar system wanderers!
OSIRIS-REx is a mapping and sample return mission to the asteroid Bennu. After a two year journey the OSIRIS-REx probe is scheduled to arrive at Bennu on August 17th. The probe will map the asteroid and collect a sample before returning to Earth. The sample will be used to determine chemical properties of the asteroid and provide new information about the early history of our solar system.
Learn about the OSIRIS-REx mission first-hand from planetary geophysicist Dr. Catherine Johnson. She will be joining us to discuss her work on the mission and mapping asteroid Bennu.
Cosmic Nights is a themed party featuring a custom planetarium show, music, drinks, science demonstrations, games, and a special guest lecturer. Experience the Space Centre after hours in a 19+ environment!
6:30pm — 10:00pm – Drinks | Music | Games | Demonstrations I Lecture I Planetarium Show
7:30 or 9:00pm — Planetarium Star Theatre show
Explore the often overlooked members of the solar system including comets, asteroids and debris. Find out what part they play in the solar system and what can we learn from them during this live presentation in our Planetarium Star Theatre.
Purchase your ticket for either the 7:30 or 9:00pm planetarium show.
8:00pm and 9:00pm — Lecture by Dr. Catherine Johnson
Dr. Johnson will be talking about her work on the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA), that was designed to map the shape and surface of asteroid Bennu.
Dr. Johnson is a planetary geophysicist and Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at UBC. Her major areas of research include comparative planetary geophysics: The magnetic fields of Mercury, Mars, Earth and the Moon; lithospheric structure on, and interior evolution of, Venus and lunar and martian seismicity and interior structure.
7:00pm-9:00pm – GroundStation Canada Theatre — “Comets and Asteroids”
Live demonstrations exploring comets and asteroids will be running in our GroundStation Canada Theatre throughout the evening.
TICKETS: $20 early bird tickets until August 2nd, $25 after.
Tickets available online through Eventbrite until 12:00pm on August 16th.
This is a 19+ event. All attendees will be required to provide photo ID upon entry.