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Portable Planetarium Experience – SOLD OUT

Special Event

Date & Time:

Weekends, Mar 30 to Apr 7


RBG Centre (680 Plains Rd W)


Discovery Activities & Tours, Family-Friendly


Pre-Registration Required

Event Description

RBG is pleased to welcome the McMaster University Physics and Astronomy Department and its Portable Planetarium.

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun and cast its ethereal shadow onto millions of Canadians – and McMaster and Hamilton.  Prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse!  Learn all about eclipses in general, how to view the upcoming solar eclipse safely, and what exactly to expect on April 8.

THIS EXPERIENCE HAS SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest

  • Space is limited; pre-registration required
  • FREE add-on, tickets to Nature’s Superheroes also required for entry to RBG Centre

Experience Details

  • Show length: 45-60 minutes.
  • Everyone will be seated on the floor; cushioned mats are provided.
  • Due to the nature of the shows, they are not suitable for children younger than 6 years old. Adult supervision is required at all times.
  • The planetarium is a dark room, and the show contains fast-moving and occasional flashing lights.
  • Strollers are not permitted.
  • If you have anyone in your group with accessibility needs, please let us know in advance so that we can work with you to find the best accommodation.

Experience Times (pre-registration required):

  • 10:10 a.m.
  • 11:15 a.m.
  • 12:20 p.m.
  • 1:50 p.m.
  • 2:55 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.
sequence of images showing the stages of the eclipse

More Eclipse Experiences

Eclipse Viewing Experience

Monday April 8; Arboretum

Come view the Solar Eclipse at the RBG Arboretum! The space will be activated with food and beverage, fire pits and more. Eclipse glasses for safe viewing will be available.

Learn More

Speaker Event: Chasing the Sun

March 27, 7 to 9 p.m.; Rock Garden

Prepare for the upcoming eclipse with a special talk by David Makepeace. Learn about Solar Eclipses how they changed David’s life.

Learn More