Space Place Canada: From Canada to the Moon (ONLINE)

From Canada to the Moon
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Join us as we explore Earth's closest celestial companion - the Moon. As it orbits, the Moon appears to slide along the stars, marking out its orbit and changing phase. This unique motion gave rise to some of our earliest timekeeping. This grey rock has been observed, sketched, photographed, orbited and, famously, walked on by humans. Though we know a lot about it, the Moon still holds some secrets.

On this eve of a partial lunar eclipse, join us to explore our closest celestial neighbour. Then, stay with us and take a virtual tour of one of Canada’s premier astronomy outreach facilities, the Trottier Observatory at Simon Fraser University.

This program will be streamed live on YouTube.

Matthew Cimone - Our Universe Tour Guide

Matthew grew up watching Star Trek and came to believe that, like the crew of the Enterprise, life should be about exploring with a family and doing good where you can in the universe. Becoming an astronaut didn't work out so Matthew studied International Development at the University of Toronto but always kept one eye on the sky. After feeling like his passion for space was a guilty pleasure when compared to the challenges on our planet, he remembered later in life that the whole reason he wanted to explore and do good was originally inspired by a love of the stars. Matthew merges his passions for social justice, astronomy and science fiction as a public speaker. He has spoken to thousands of youth across Canada on topics of social justice and astronomy and is a TEDx presenter. Matthew is Co-Founder and CEO of Esther’s Echo, a charity that supports a local school for vulnerable girls and women in West Africa. He currently lives in Vancouver and works at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Planetarium as well as the Trottier Observatory.

Kirsten Vanstone, Host

Kirsten is a Space Place Board member and not-for-profit manager specialising in organizations connected with science and STEM. She has more than 18 years’ experience working in museums, planetariums and science centres and is an active volunteer with the RASC. She has a BSc in Astronomy & Physics and is from Toronto, where her first job was working the elevators at the CNTower.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Eventbrite
Organized by: Space Place Canada