Western hosts SPACE OUT! as part of nation-wide Science Literacy Week celebration

Science Literacy Week is a nation-wide effort to showcase the excellence and diversity of science outreach institutions around the country. This year’s theme is Space, in large part, to celebrate Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques’s mission to the International Space Station in December.

Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), in collaboration with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) – London Chapter, is hosting its own Science Literacy Week event titled ‘Space Out!’ at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory on Saturday, September 22.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 5 to 9 p.m.
Location: Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory at Western University
Website: http://cpsx.uwo.ca/outreach/public_events/science_literacy_week.html

Activities & Display:

Hands-on Activities (5 to 8 p.m)
• Space-themed Virtual Reality Station
• Build a LEGO Satellite Station
• Arts and crafts for kids

Space Science Challenge (6 p.m.)

Star gazing through Cronyn’s 10-inch main telescope, as well as several other telescopes

Artifacts, historical displays and space-themed books on display

Raffle (Lots of prizes to be won at a raffle draw, which will take place at 7 p.m.)

Meet Western’s all-star team of planetary scientists and the astronomers, as well as members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and The Planetary Society

Free parking is available at the Springett parking lot.

MEDIA CONTACT: Parshati Patel, CPSX Public Outreach Coordinator, ppatel54@uwo.ca

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