Cosmic Nights: The Sun

Grab a friend and join us for Cosmic Nights: The Sun. Learn more about current missions and hot topics in astronomy and space exploration in this fun evening of science and socializing. We’ll have a custom planetarium show, guest lecturer, music, drinks, science demonstrations and games at this 19+ event.

Learn new insights from the Parker Solar Probe, as it approaches the outer corona, making it the closest spacecraft to ever approach the Sun. We will also delve into how the Sun works, how it compares to other stars in the galaxy and how stars evolve.

7:30 ticket holder schedule:
6:30 - check-in
7:00 - “Colour of Fire” show (GroundStation Canada Theatre)
7:30 - 8:30 - “A Star is Born” show (Planetarium Star Theatre)
9:00 - 9:30 - “Ten Things You Don’t Know About The Sun” lecture (Auditorium)

9:00 ticket holder schedule:
6:30 - check-in
7:00 - 9:00 -  (running every 30 mins) “Colour of Fire” show (GroundStation Canada Theatre)
8:00 - 8:30 -  “Ten Things You Don’t Know About The Sun” lecture (Auditorium)
9:00 - 10:00 -  “A Star is Born” show (Planetarium Star Theatre)

The bar will be open from 6:30 – 10:00pm in the Cosmic Courtyard.


7:00pm - 9:00pm – “Colour of Fire” - GroundStation Canada Theatre
This live show explores the astronomer’s toolkit to answer some burning questions! What are stars made of? How do astronomers get information about stars when they are so far away? Why is learning about these vast objects so important? We’ll light a variety of gases on fire, so you’ll see the various colours of fire for yourself.

8:00pm and 9:00pm  “A Journey Through the Life of the Sun”,  lecture by Demet Kirmizibayrak
In the heart of our Solar System lies the giant ball of glowing gas that we call the Sun. It is only one of billions of stars that form our galaxy, amongst billions of other galaxies, yet it is unique to our existence. So how special is our Sun? How did it form? What will happen when it dies? In this talk we will address the lifetime of our Sun, and some cool features you may have never heard of, like Sun spots, or what the Sun sounds like (yes, it makes its own music!). Join us for a journey to the birth of the Sun, its place in the universe, and a tale of its future.

Demet is PhD student at UBC working in astrophysics. She works on neutron stars, black holes and white dwarfs, and any extremely dense dead star. She’s currently simulating black hole and neutron star emission for a concept study of the first Canadian-led high energy, high time resolution X-ray telescope Colibrì.  Colibrì will enable us to actually map the accretion onto a black hole and neutron star and test general relativity! Previously, she created a burst database of extremely magnetic neutron stars called magnetars using NASA’s RXTE satellite at Sabanci University, Turkey. It showed insight into what the bursting region should look like, and how bursts will travel in extreme (~1015  times of Earth!) magnetic fields. The course of her work in astrophysics, data mining and biophysics spanned various other places across the globe like the University of Miami, University of California, Irvine, Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Strasbourg, Koc University, Istanbul and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC. 

7:30pm and 9:30pm  “A Star is Born” - Planetarium Star Theatre
How was our Sun born and how does it compare to other stars in the galaxy? Our astronomer will lead this custom planetarium show and take a look at stellar evolution and check in on the latest news from the Parker Solar Probe that is currently en route to probe the outer corona of the Sun.

*Choose between either the 7:30pm or 9:00pm planetarium show when purchasing your ticket.*


TICKETS: $20 early bird tickets until May 9th, $25 after.

Tickets available online through Eventbrite until 12:00pm on May 23rd.

Beer from Red Truck Beer Company, wine from Hester Creek Estate Winery will be available for purchase. 

This is a 19+ event. All attendees will be required to provide photo ID upon entry.

Event Details

May 23, 2019 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm