Science North has launched their first ever Science North-produced planetarium show, Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin. The planetarium show was developed in partnership with Indigenous people from across Northern Ontario and uses Indigenous worldview to understand the common constellations visible in the night sky and the Anishinaabe stories that define them. This project was made possible due to Ontario150 funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and sport.
“Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin is an extraordinary exhibition that underscores Science North’s position as a leading science centre in Canada and a top tourist destination in Northern Ontario,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. I’m delighted that the Ontario150 program is supporting this unique experience, which will teach us all a little bit more about constellations and the sacred Anishinaabe stories behind them.”
Northern Ontario audiences will experience Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin as Science North’s outreach team tours the show in two portable planetariums to over 55 communities throughout Northern Ontario, with a focus on visiting Indigenous audiences. The Northern Ontario planetarium tour started in April and will continue through mid-October.
The tour will be stopping in Kenora from August 15-19 where the portable planetarium will be set up at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre (931 Lakeview Dr.). Shows will play on the hour and half hour from 1 pm – 4 pm each day (shows are approx. 25 minutes long).
Don’t miss your chance to sit under the stars!
About the Planetarium
With state-of the-art digital technology, Science North’s Planetarium is the first planetarium of its kind in Northern Ontario. Feature films about astronomy and other space topics are projected on an 8.4 metre dome. The digital technologies, surround sound and special dome screen immerse audiences, taking them through the galaxies and right to the outer extremities of the known universe, billions of light years away. Visitors learn about the stars, planets and galaxies through live presentations presented by Science North Staff Scientists who have access to a comprehensive library of scientific data and ready-to-use educational materials, as well as advanced real time show production tools.