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In a boldly designed LEED® Platinum–certified building, enjoy in the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium an unprecedented immersive experience of the Universe with two complementary shows under cutting-edge 360° domes! Let yourself be whisked off to the very limits of outer space, and don’t miss the digital interactive exhibition, Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe. You’re bound to come away with a whole new perspective.
EXO : until November 3, 2019
Is there life elsewhere in the Universe, or are we alone? If we do find new civilizations out there, should we try to contact them? Scientific research into exobiology is flourishing, and thousands of planets outside our solar system are located almost every day. What can all these discoveries tell us about our own planet, our origins and our future?
EXO is a celebration of the uniqueness of life and consciousness in the Universe. Visitors can imagine infinite worlds and a living Universe, while marvelling at life here on Earth.
Continuum - Until December 20, 2019
From the infinitely small to the infinitely large, a cosmic poem on the connection between humankind and the Universe. A breathtaking show designed by a pair of internationally acclaimed Montréal artists, Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, set to the entrancing symphonic music of Philip Glass.
aurōrae - Until December 20, 2019
From Montréal to Yellowknife, from outer space to the Earth’s core, aurōrae explains and transcends the wonderfully inspiring and electrifying aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. Guided by an enthusiastic expert, come delight in an exceptional immersive experience beneath the spectacular dome at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.
Celebrate light under one of nature’s most breathtaking spectacles, set to an energizing beat by DJ Champion.
The Secrets of Gravity - Until April, 2020
Why do things magically fall to the ground rather than floating in the air?
This is the very question that the young apprentice magician Limbradur asks. He wants to find out all he can about this law of nature and the mysteries of the universe. So, one night, he uses his magic powers to sneak into the Albert Einstein Museum. There, he encounters ALBYX3, a small, clever but rather quirky robot who knows all about Albert Einstein and his theories. Alby takes Limbradur on an exciting journey through space and time, during which he explains the principles underlying gravitation, but also learn much about friendship and imagination.
Planet Nine - Until April, 2020
Since Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet, this object on the outskirts of our Solar System has continued to fascinate astronomers. The New Horizons probe flyby in 2015 revealed a world far more complex than anyone had expected and offered a new perspective on other objects near Pluto, in the Kuiper belt.
The study of these objects with such magical names - Eris, Sedna, Haumea and many more – suggests that there may be a new planet hidden beyond the Kuiper belt. Follow Mike Brown and his team of three fellow Californian astronomers as they search for this ninth planet!
James, a travelling penguin from the South Pole, and Vladimir, a funny bear from the North Pole, meet on the Arctic sea ice. The two are amateur astronomers, trying to solve the mystery of why the night is so long at the Earth’s poles. In an exciting scientific adventure, they build an observatory and then an improvised spaceship. During a trip around the Earth, extended to Mars and Saturn, they get their answer and discover that the planets have similarities but also differences.Ages 4 and up.
Passport to the Universe
Passport to the Universe takes audiences on an incredible journey far from Earth toward the largest structures in the Universe. Combining spectacular images based on the latest discoveries and clearly describing our Solar System, this captivating introduction to the cosmos lets you fly beneath the rings of Saturn, into the heart of the Orion Nebula, and out in the vastness of space.
Mice and the Moon
An entertaining tale of two little mice, Pip and Chip, who wonder whether someone takes a bite out of the big Moon Cheese in the sky every night. The bats don’t know the answer, and neither does the Wise Owl. Luckily, Pip and Chip meet two astronomy-savvy robots, who explain exactly what the Moon is. They tell them about the lunar Mares, seas without any water, and show them the lunar craters through a telescope. Pip and Chip are so impressed they wish they could fly to the Moon one day! Ages 3 to 6
Come discover the treasures and mysteries of the starry sky. Beneath the 360° dome at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, you’ll enjoy an immersive experience whisking you through time and space. Stars, planets, the Moon, constellations, legends and the latest astronomy news… there’s plenty to surprise and amaze you.
EXO, Our Search For Life In The Universe -
How did life appear on Earth? Is there life elsewhere? These questions will be addressed in the Planetarium’s permanent exhibition, through interactive terminals, videos and multimedia games.
Your Head in the Stars
Face-painting and entertainment for the whole family on Saturday and Sunday.
In front of a wall of screens showing images of the cosmos, a science interpreter will explain the latest astronomy news. Using stuffed toys and other fun accessories, he or she will make the Universe easy to understand for all ages. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., it’s time for some cosmic face-painting! When you visit the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, kids are sure to enjoy being decorated with stars, planets, the Moon and constellations.
Science Exposed - until December 8, 2019
A picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s especially true when it comes to science. Montréal Space for Life is collaborating with ACFAS to celebrate the living world and pay tribute to nature by displaying 20 pictures selected by the 2019 competition jury from among all the scientific research images submitted from across Canada.
Researchers share their unexpected takes on a strangely complex and highly structured world, offering an opportunity to admire the beauty of nature through a different lens. You can vote for your favourite in the people’s choice contest organized by Radio-Canada’s weekly science program, Découverte.
50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission - July 16 / 9:32 am, July 20 / 10:56 pm, July 24 juillet / 12:51 pm.
Relive, 50 years later, at the exact same time, the three historic moments of the Apollo 11 mission: The take-off of the Saturn V rocket, the lunar landing and Armstrong’s first step, and the return to Earth. Activities and interpretation in front of a wall of screens!
- Suggested visit length, including shows and exhibition: from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- Parking on site
- Access for wheelchairs