The Planetarium Projector in the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre helps teach visitors about everything from the solar system to the native legends of the Vancouver region.
Located in Kitsilano's Vanier Park and utilizing half of this interestingly designed Centennial Museum building (the Vancouver Museum composes of the other half) the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre is an amazing array of technical, usable and fun equipment geared toward education children and adults alike about space and beyond.
Fact boards and computer simulated missions are a small part of the activities available in the lower level of the centre. Demonstrations on life in space occur in the theatre and the main attraction on the lower level, the Simulator which takes riders to space. The indoor planetarium on the second level is also a popular attraction with a spherical screen above the viewers with a variety of shows aimed as educating about the planets, galaxies and phenomenon in our solar systems and universe. The planetarium also offers laser shows aimed towards older crowds making the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre an all age's activity.
Outside is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory, equipped with a 1/2 metre Cassegrain telescope to take advantage of the shoreline location and clear skies. Telescope observing sessions occur Saturday evenings on clear nights. The Space Centre often organizes nightly talks and allows the public to look through the telescope.
The Space Centre was named for H.R. Macmillan, a native British Columbian industrialist and philanthropist and is a great indoor activity on those famous Vancouver rainy days and is a welcome place to explore all the fascinating technology housed in the building as well as getting to interact through the exhibits.
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