Space centre bringing travelling program

Some entertaining and informative space is being filled in Prince George.

One of Canada's great celestial bodies, the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre (HRMSC), is coming on Tuesday as a special guest of The Exploration Place.

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The Vancouver-based facility has a travelling program that will touch down at Prince George's premier museum and science centre.

"Budding young astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts alike will get the opportunity to immerse themselves amongst the stars," said Trish Pattison, outreach programmer with the HRMSC.

The event is free of charge and is designed to promote interest in the STEAM subjects: science, technology, arts, engineering and math.

"The Space Centre is also setting up the star of their outreach program: their portable planetarium," said Pattison. "Event attendees can crawl inside this inflatable planetarium and go on a journey to the far corners of the Universe where they can see planets, constellations and other celestial bodies that are only a blur from here on Earth."

The Two Rivers Gallery will have some family-friendly crafts and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Prince George branch will bring their collection of telescopes for display and viewing the night sky.

The space centre is stopping into Prince George as part of the free programming it does year-round to boost province-wide STEAM education for kids, teacher training, family knowledge and more. Their unique field trips come with a number of professional development and take-home support materials for added information and entertainment. Since most of B.C. cannot easily drop in to see the planetarium, the planetarium can come to B.C.

This event runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Exploration Place on Tuesday night.

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