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Cosmic Nights: Saturnalia

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H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

1100 Chestnut Street

Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9

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Cosmic Nights is back at the Space Centre! Discover the wonders of the universe - over drinks! Join us for Cosmic Nights: Saturnalia a party for the adventurer in all of us! This is a 19+ event.

The incredible 20 year Cassini mission to Saturn is finally ending so let's honour it by having a party! In ancient Roman times, they honoured the deity Saturn with a celebration called Saturnalia!

6:30pm - 10:00pm - Drinks | Music | Games | Demonstrations I Lecture I Planetarium

7:30pm or 9:00pm - Planetarium Show: Journey to Saturn

Twenty years ago the Cassini spacecraft left Earth on its journey to the ringed planet. In this live planetarium show, we’ll take you on Cassini’s journey to Saturn, and all of the stops it made along the way, including the extensive moon system where we found Enceladus and Titan. Over the course of those twenty years, Cassini has made some incredible discoveries which we’ll showcase in this beautiful planetarium journey!

8:00pm and 9:00pm - Saturn Lecture - Dr. Aaron Boley - UBC

Saturn is a rich, active world that captures the imaginations of astronomers and the public alike. The system gives precious clues how planets, big and small, are assembled. Saturn's inner workings can be used to extend our understanding of physical processes far from conditions experienced on Earth. The planet's extensive ring and moon system is a treasure trove for studying orbital dynamics with implications for the types of interactions that can occur during planet formation. The system's moons are diverse and are potential laboratories for investigating the origin of life.

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Professor Boley is a Canada Research Chair in planetary astronomy at The University of British Columbia. His research program investigates the birth of planets, and seeks to place the Solar System in context with the many planetary systems now known to exist in the Galaxy. Dr. Boley uses supercomputer simulations and observations from some of the world's most powerful telescopes to investigate the rise of planet-forming discs, the formation of solids found in meteorites, and the long-term evolution of planetary systems and their debris (asteroids and comets).

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