[email protected], is a weekly series of FREE video programming inviting Manitobans to explore the universe.
After every episode, we’ll post a link to our YouTube channel on this page so you can watch past shows and access resources at your convenience.
Stay tuned for weekly updates, downloadable resources, and more.
[email protected] January 2022 Episodes
QUADRANTID METEOR SHOWER LIVE! A [email protected] SPECIAL PROGRAM | JANUARY 2, 2022 | 11:00 PM CST
Unfortunately we were clouded out for the Quadrantid Meteor Shower, but Scott met and chatted with those who joined the livestream, and discussed the meteor shower and where people might be able to spot it.
[email protected] | JANUARY 6, 2022 | 7 PM CST
The skies of winter can be so dark and clear – and so cold! On this week’s [email protected], we’ll share some tips on how to make your winter skywatching more comfortable. From hats and boots to indoor observing, we’ll cover all the ways you can observe the sky through the long winter nights.
Plus, Mercury joins the evening planets, while Venus disappears into the sun’s glare; an update on SpaceX’s new Starship reusable rocket; and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] | JANUARY 13 | 7 PM CST
Dark winter skies are sometimes offset by the sight of a bright moon high overhead. This week on [email protected], as we come up to this month’s Full Moon, we’ll visit our nearest neighbour in space, and explore why it’s so high in the sky at this time of year. We’ll also show you what craters and features you can see in binoculars or a small telescope.
Plus, updates on the James Webb Space Telescope, Venus reappears in the dawn sky, and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] | JANUARY 20 | 7 PM CST
The Orion Nebula is one of the brightest “deep sky” objects in the sky. This week on [email protected], we’ll take a deep dive into the Orion Nebula using binoculars, backyard telescopes, and the largest observatories on Earth and in space!
Plus, an update on the Artemis 1 test flight to the Moon and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] December 2021 Episodes
[email protected] | DECEMBER 2 | 7 PM CST
Eclipses always come in pairs, and last month’s almost-total lunar eclipse is followed two weeks later by a total solar eclipse. Unfortunately, this one won’t be visible from Manitoba, or any other inhabited part of the planet. To see this eclipse, you’ll need to travel to Antarctica. We’ll talk to some eclipse chasers about their total solar eclipse trips around the world, and look forward to the next one visible from North America in 2024.
[email protected] | DECEMBER 9 | 7 PM CST
The annual Geminid meteor shower is the year’s best time to see falling stars. We’ll talk about what we can expect to see, when to watch, and what exactly is the difference between meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites. We’ll also show you how to help chart the vastness of space from your backyard just by counting meteors, a great example of citizen science.
Plus, winter constellations and other cool space stuff.
GEMINID METEOR SHOWER LIVE! | DECEMBER 13 | 10:00 PM CST
A special live stream of the best meteor shower of the year with Planetarium astronomer Scott Young! [email protected]’s all-sky cameras will be out during the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower.
If it’s clear in Winnipeg, we’ll live stream the meteor shower ourselves; if it’s cloudy we’ll highlight streams from around the world. Ask Scott your astronomy questions while we watch meteors.
[email protected] | DECEMBER 16 | 7 PM CST
We’re heading into the darkest time of the year, at least here in the northern hemisphere – approaching the winter solstice. The solstice has been celebrated (perhaps “dreaded” might be a better word) for thousands of years, and it’s made an impact on our calendar, our holidays, and architecture around the world. It also means long, dark nights for star watching! We’ll cover the constellations visible at this time of the year so you can find your way around.
Plus, a look ahead to the launch of a long-awaited successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, a peek at a solar nursery and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] | DECEMBER 23 | 7 PM CST
We’ll share our favorite astronomy events and images from the past year, chat with the audience and some special guests, and share some winter constellations with a holiday theme.
WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE LAUNCH LIVE! A [email protected] SPECIAL PROGRAM | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25 | Live Broadcast: 5:30 – 6:30 AM CST
The James Webb Space Telescope is the long-awaited successor to the famous Hubble, which has been making discoveries since 1990. We’ll follow JWST’s launch, look back on the legacy of Hubble, and talk about Canada’s part in the next era of space observatories.
[email protected] | DECEMBER 30 | 7 PM CST
We will look forward to the top ten astronomy events of 2022 so you can plan your year! We’ll reveal a pair of total lunar eclipses, a potentially-bright comet, a mega-meteor shower, and the best times to see the moon and planets in 2022.
Plus, a look at 2022’s launch schedule, from robotic spacecraft to human explorers.
D[email protected] November 2021 Episodes
[email protected] | NOVEMBER 4 | 7 PM CDT
The Seven Sisters star cluster (also known as the Pleiades) is rising in the east, alerting us that winter is on its way. On [email protected] we’ll check out this star cluster in detail, from its appearance in the stories of many cultures to our scientific understanding of how it helps explain the birth of stars.
Plus, a new crew for the International Space Station, an unusual planetary eclipse, and the end of Daylight Savings Time.
[email protected] | SPECIAL DATE: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 9 | 7 PM CST
Happy Carl Sagan Day!
Carl Sagan was one of the best science communicators the world has ever seen. His appearances on the Tonight Show and his landmark series, “Cosmos”, set the bar for generations of science communicators who follow in his footsteps. On this special Tuesday [email protected], we’ll talk to a special guest who had Sagan as her astronomy teacher in college.
We’ll also look forward to the annual Leonid meteor shower and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Canadarm.
[email protected] | NOVEMBER 11 | NO SHOW
In respect of Remembrance Day, [email protected] will be not be airing this evening.
[email protected] | NOVEMBER 18 | 7 PM CST
After midnight tonight, we’ll see a nearly-total lunar eclipse, the so-called “blood moon”. In this episode of [email protected] we’ll look at what actually happens during a lunar eclipse (spoiler: there’s no blood!), and show you how and when to watch the event.
Plus, we’ll catch up on cool space stuff and review last night’s Leonid meteor shower.
[email protected] | NOVEMBER 25 | 7 PM CST
50 years ago, the Martian Invasion began. The first robotic spacecraft from Earth touched down on Mars, and humans have been sending bigger and smarter robots to the Red Planet ever since. We’ll look back at those first Mars landings, which were surprisingly sophisticated for their time, and check in with the robotic explorers still currently active on Mars.
Plus, the winter constellations and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] October 2021 Episodes
[email protected] | OCTOBER 7 | 7 PM CDT
It’s New Moon, bringing the darkest skies of the month. We’ll head outside of the city and take a look at what you can see when the Moon is out of the sky. We’ll also look at what the very darkness of the night sky tells us about the basic nature of the Universe.
Plus, an update from the joint European-Japanese BepiColumbo spacecraft that just flew past Mercury!
[email protected] | OCTOBER 14 | 7 PM CDT
On this week’s [email protected], we’ll look at the dwarf planets of our solar system. Some, like Ceres, used to be called asteroids; others, like Pluto, were full-fledged planets. Now we have five dwarf planets, and will likely discover many more. What do we know about them?
Plus, the moon passes Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky, and more cool space stuff.
[email protected] | OCTOBER 21 | 7 PM CDT
This week we’ll feature the elusive planet Mercury. Closest to the sun and always tough to see, the innermost planet is putting on its best morning appearance of the year right now. We’ll look at how to spot it and take a peek at some of the strange features of Mercury.
Plus, an update on the Orionid meteor shower, and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] | OCTOBER 28 | 7 PM CDT
Invisible… irresistible… unknowable. Black holes are one of the universe’s strangest denizens, and the most popular question topic for our viewers. This Hallowe’en week we’ll examine black holes in detail, and answer the many questions we’ve seen from our viewers regarding these massive objects.
Plus, a little Hallowe’en sky lore and a look ahead at what’s up while you’re trick-or-treating.
[email protected] September 2021 Episodes
[email protected] | SEPTEMBER 2 | 7 PM CDT
We’ll celebrate the 55th anniversary of one of the most important television programs in history. Star Trek: The Original Series debuted in September 1966, and took viewers “where no one had gone before”. We’ll look at the planets and stars of the Star Trek Universe, and talk about the vision of space travel it created.
Plus, autumn constellations and Cool Space Stuff!
[email protected] | SEPTEMBER 9 | 7 PM CDT
Join us for the kickoff of the Fall 2021 season of [email protected]!!
The week after New Moon delivers a thin crescent in our evening sky after sunset. We’ll talk about the Moon’s phases and look at craters and mountains with binoculars and telescopes. We’ll also talk about earthshine and how it allows us to see the “dark side” of the Moon. If the weather cooperates, we’ll have live telescope views during the show!
Plus, constellations, planets, and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] | SEPTEMBER 16 | 7 PM CDT
The most distant gas giant planet, Neptune, reaches its closest point to Earth on September 14th. We’ll find out how to track down this far-reaching world in binoculars, and talk about what else lurks at the edge of the solar system.
Plus, we’ll celebrate World Ozone Day, and look at constellations, planets, and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] | SEPTEMBER 23 | 7 PM CDT
This week is the autumnal equinox – the official beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere. What does that mean, both in terms of the coming weather and the constellations we can see?
We’ll also track down the most distant object you can see with your unaided eyes – a galaxy more than two and a half million light years away!
Plus the constellations, planets, and cool space stuff.
[email protected] | SEPTEMBER 30 | NO SHOW
In respect of Truth and Reconciliation Day, [email protected] will be not be airing this week.
[email protected] August 2021 Episodes
[email protected] | AUGUST 5 | 7 PM CDT
During New Moon, we can’t see the moon in our sky – only the moon’s dark side faces us. It’s a perfect time to also avoid other sources of light (like city lights) and gaze into the depths of space. We’ll highlight the best objects to look for during this summer’s best dark-sky opportunity.
[email protected] | AUGUST 12 | 7 PM CDT
The annual Perseid meteor shower peaked early this morning but will be active all week. Tonight we’ll recap the action and discuss the possibilities for the next few nights.
Plus, more about the constellations and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] | AUGUST 19 | 7 PM CDT
Tonight, the giant planet Jupiter is at its closest and brightest for the year. We’ll show you how and when to spot it, and delve into views with the unaided eye, binoculars, telescopes, and the Juno spacecraft currently orbiting the giant planet.
Plus, more about the constellations and space stuff.
[email protected] | AUGUST 26 | 7 PM CDT
As summer wanes, new constellations come into view. Tonight, we’ll focus on the autumn constellations becoming visible in the east, and point out the best targets for the unaided eye and binoculars.
Plus, more about the planets and other space stuff.
[email protected] July 2021 Episodes
[email protected] | JULY 1 | No Episode
[email protected] | JULY 8 | 7 PM CDT
Season Three Kickoff! On this day 10 years ago, the U.S. space shuttle blasted off on its final mission. Tonight, we’ll celebrate the shuttle’s history: it built the International Space Station, launched the Hubble Space Telescope, and carried many Canadian astronauts into space. Plus, the crescent moon joins Mars and Venus in the sunset sky.
[email protected] | JULY 15 | 7 PM CDT
This week, the planet Pluto is at its brightest (though you still need a big telescope to find it). We’ll talk about Pluto’s status as a planet and what it all really means.
Plus, we’ll tell you about constellations, planets, and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] | JULY 22 | 7 PM CDT
This week the nearly-full moon will pass the planets Jupiter and Saturn for several nights. We’ll show you when and where to look to spot these celestial alignments, and highlight the upcoming South Delta Aquariids meteor shower on July 28 and 29.
[email protected] | JULY 29 | 7 PM CDT
Saturn reaches opposition this week – its best and brightest for the year. We’ll show you how to spot it in the sky, and we’ll look at some of the latest images from ground-based telescopes and robotic spacecraft.
Plus, more about the constellations and other cool space stuff.
[email protected] June 2021 Episodes
[email protected] | JUNE 3 | 7 PM CDT
On June 10 the Moon passes in front of the Sun, creating a solar eclipse. Find out how and when to see it safely, and why eclipses happen! Plus, a preview of upcoming celestial events in June.
[email protected] | JUNE 10 | 7 PM CDT
In case you weren’t up at dawn, we’ll show view of this morning’s solar eclipse as seen from Manitoba and across Canada. We’ll also look ahead to April 2024, when the next total solar eclipse crosses the North American continent!
[email protected] | JUNE 17 | 7 PM CDT
Astronomers tell us that summer begins in the northern hemisphere on Sunday, June 20th at 10:32 pm Central Daylight Time. How do they know, and what does that even mean? Celebrate the Solstice with the [email protected] crew and get ready for a summer of amazing skywatching.
[email protected] May 2021 Episodes
[email protected] | May 6 | 7 PM CDT
Even from downtown you can still see the brightest stars. What do we know about these distant suns, and how are they like our own Sun? Find out on a bright sky tour that will take us across the cosmos and back again.
[email protected] | May 13 | 7 PM CDT
Discover the secrets of the nearest star: our sun! We’ll highlight safe ways to observe the sun and discover how its apparently motion creates daytime and the seasons, and look ahead to June’s solar eclipse.
[email protected] | May 2o | 7 PM CDT
While Mars has been getting all the attention lately, the planet Jupiter has its own robotic explorer. See the clouds and moons of Jupiter like never before, through the eyes of the Juno space probe. We’ll also preview next week’s lunar eclipse which is visible across Western Canada early on the morning of May 26.
[email protected] | May 27 | 7 PM CDT
Summer is on its way, and the summer stars are already visible. Explore the major stars of the Summer Triangle and learn how to find constellations, spot the Milky Way, and more!
[email protected] April 2021 Episodes
[email protected] | APRIL 8 | 7 PM CDT
The big skies of the prairies are perfect for stargazing. See what constellations and planets will be visible this spring, and get ready for Yuri’s Night, a worldwide space party celebrating the first human to fly in space.
[email protected] | APRIL 15 | 7 PM CDT
Track down a spacecraft in the night sky! Find out how to see astronauts in space as they pass over your home town, and discover the history of the space station, from sci-fi to reality.
[email protected] | APRIL 22 | 7 PM CDT
For Earth Day this year, celebrate the most important planet in the solar system: our own! Discover how Earth fits in with other planets across our solar system and beyond.
[email protected] | APRIL 29 | 7 PM CDT
Watch the moon glide past a pair of planets in the pre-dawn sky! We’ll show you when and where to look for Jupiter and Saturn, and talk about an upcoming meteor shower you can watch as well.
[email protected] March 2021 Episodes
[email protected]: Episode 9
March 4 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll discover what we’re supposed to be “saving” with Daylight Savings Time which starts next weekend, and watch the planet Mars pass between a pair of star clusters. In our “Connect the Dots” segment we’ll find Cancer the Crab. We’ll also look back at the last ten years of spaceflight since the last Space Shuttle landed
[email protected]: Episode 10
March 11 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we celebrate the International Day of Planetariums with an activity to make your own star projector. We’ll also talk about one of the largest objects in the asteroid belt. In our “Connect the Dots” segment we’ll discover Leo the Lion, one of the constellations of the Zodiac.
[email protected]: EPISODE 11
March 18 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll celebrate a Canadian scientist with a connection to our moon, look at different ways to stay current with what’s up in the night sky, and watch Jupiter appear in the morning sky. In our “Connect the Dots” segment we’ll revisit the constellation of Ursa Major, aka the Big Dipper, and see how it foretells the coming of spring.
[email protected]: EPISODE 12
March 25 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll look at comets, those icy visitors from the outer solar system, and look back to one of the brightest comets of the 20th century. In our “Connect the Dots” segment we’ll find a constellation that looks like a giant ice cream cone, and turn off our lights for science as part of Earth Hour.
[email protected] February 2021 Episodes
[email protected]: Episode 5
February 4 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll discover how stars are born, and what happens after that. We’ll track down baby stars, teenager stars, adult stars, and senior citizen stars in the winter sky. We’ll also build our own rockets, and hear about the amazing rockets built right here in Manitoba. We’ll also find Taurus the Bull, the first Zodiac constellation to be featured in our “Connect the Dots” segment.
[email protected]: Episode 6
February 11 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll follow the ongoing human invasion of Mars, with three robotic spacecraft arriving at the Red Planet this week. We’ll find out what it takes to land on another planet, and you can try your hand at making your own Mars lander. We’ll also explore the constellation of Gemini the Twins, and highlight the celestial sights you can see this week.
[email protected]: Episode 7
February 18 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll continue our coverage of the ongoing human invasion of Mars, with the latest images of and discoveries from the Red Planet. We’ll take a look at your Mars Lander creations, and issue a challenge to all of you wanna-be astronauts. In our “Connect the Dots” segment, we’ll feature Auriga the Charioteer, a strange constellation with some interesting stories. Plus, a rundown of the interesting things you can see in the sky for the coming week.
[email protected]: Episode 8
February 25 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll look at one of the more popular astronomical references on the internet – the Super Moon – and find out what’s so super about it anyway? In our “Connect the Dots” segment we’ll find two dogs that follow Orion the Hunter around the sky, and build an adjustable star map that is good all year long.
[email protected] January 2021 Episodes
[email protected]: Episode 1
January 7 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll explore the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, three of the planets visible to the unaided eye. Learn the latest about these mysterious worlds, including the possibilities of life on their surfaces, in their atmospheres, or on their nearby moons. Plus, make a sky shield to help you see the real stars better, and learn to tell time by the stars.
[email protected]: Episode 2
January 14 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll explore our nearest neighbour in space: the Moon. Discover the pattern behind the moon’s changing appearance, and explore the craters of the moon up close through a telescope. Plus, find constellations and planets in the night sky.
[email protected]: Episode 3
January 21 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll focus on the planet with the most unfortunate name in the solar system: Uranus. Dimly visible to the unaided eye, this week it is close to Mars in the sky, making it the best time to try and spot it. This week is also the 35th anniversary of the first robotic flyby of Uranus. What do we know about this strange planet that is the butt of so many jokes? Plus, we’ll start creating our solar system scale model, and listen to the conclusion of our epic constellation story from the last two episodes.
[email protected]: Episode 4
January 28 | 7 PM CST
In this week’s episode, we’ll explore some of the best-known constellations of winter, including Orion the Hunter. Discover Orion’s strange red star Betelgeuse, and learn how it (and other stars) get their names. Plus, our weekly star maps, watching the Space Station pass overhead, and tracking down the elusive planet Mercury. We’ll also work on the second part of our solar system model!
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