The planetarium offers new space adventures

This holiday season, Space for Life and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium are offering extraordinary experiences that will offer a closer look at space. No doctorate or astronaut suit required.

The award-winning film Traveling: the never-ending journey is presented in the immersive 360 ​​° dome of the Planetarium. In vivid detail, the film tells the spectacular story of the space mission which began in 1977. Forty-four years ago, two space probes were launched by NASA to explore the most distant planets in the solar system. Since then, twin Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft have traveled further than any other mission, allowing scientists to learn new facts about our distant neighboring planets, such as the presence of active volcanoes on Jupiter Io’s large moon. the intricacies of Saturn’s rings.

On board, they carry a message, engraved on gold records, intended for extraterrestrial civilizations. These recordings include 115 images of the Earth, 12 minutes of sounds, greetings in 55 languages ​​and 90 minutes of music; a time capsule view in our world.

Both Voyager’s are expected to transmit data for at least another decade (at this point, their power sources will no longer provide enough power to send the information back to earth).

Look in wonder

Four decades later, UMA Vision Production (which creates educational films with immersive imagery) on the mission allows viewers to watch in wonder their flight over Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their moons. Lasting approximately 25 minutes, you can combine the film with another of the Planetarium’s features, such as Birth of Planet Earth, Space Explorers: the ISS Experience or Passport to the Universe.

Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope

On December 24, at 7 a.m., gather to watch live on Facebook as an Ariane 5 rocket from the European Space Agency takes off from Kourou, Guyana. On board is the largest space telescope ever built in the world: the James Webb. The event will be hosted by astronomers and science communicators from the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and a few guests, including Lisa Dang, PhD student in astrophysics at McGill University, and Jonathan Gagné, scientific advisor at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and associate professor at the University of Montreal.

And on December 21, celebrate the Winter Solstice with family activities, craft workshops, stargazing and more. To learn more about the event, visit

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays; and from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday to Saturday. Check the website for booking information, vacation times and COVID-19 health rules.

Arline J. Mercier