Invitation - Launch of the new multimedia show - The Quest for Galactium

                        Date    December 1, 2007

                        Time    10 : 30 a.m.

                        Where   Montréal Planetarium
                                1000, rue Saint-Jacques
                                Bonaventure metro station

                           The Quest for Galactium
               New multimedia show at the Montréal Planetarium
                         Starting November 24, 2007

    MONTREAL, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Hey kids! Do you like fantastic,
futuristic adventures? Join Jeb and Mia as they seek a mysterious crystal that
just might meet all the Earth's energy needs. Now you can head off with them
on their adventure through the Milky Way at the Montréal Planetarium.
    The two 12-year olds go to a very special school - there are no classes,
no walls and no school yard. Every day they study on their own, coached by
their teacher, a robot named Oops. That's just what school is like ... in
2307! Oops guides Jeb and Mia through our galaxy, the Milky Way, as part of
their studies.
    One day, Jeb picks up a strange message recorded in 2026 by someone named
Bob Bright, talking about a crystal called galactium that contains an infinite
quantity of energy - it could be enough to meet humanity's ever-growing needs!
Quick as a flash, Jeb and Mia set off in search of the mysterious substance.
But the directions for locating the crystal contained in the message seem to
be incomplete. No problem! On their jet-propelled skateboards, our two heroes
search the Milky Way from one end to the other, bound and determined to bring
home the invaluable crystal!
    Along the way they get help from a gallery of virtual characters:
Galileo, the inventor of the telescope; Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, the British
astronomer who discovered pulsars, and William and Caroline Herschel, who
devoted thirty years of their lives to counting the stars in the Milky Way.
    Our two dauntless explorers will finally discover galactium, but bringing
it home won't be as easy as all that. For the crystal is actually in orbit
around an enormous black hole at the centre of the Galaxy! Will they manage to
collect the galactium before it gets swallowed up by the black hole? Can they
even survive the black hole's tremendous pull of gravity? It could
"spaghettify" them if they get too close!
    The Quest for Galactium, scripted by Josée Plourde and produced by Pierre
Chastenay, will lead young audiences (ages 7 and up) from one discovery to
another. They'll pick up all kinds of fascinating facts about the Milky Way
and the strange and exotic phenomena it holds. They'll also learn whether Jeb
and Mia get home safe and sound ... but you'll have to follow them across the
skies of the Montréal Planetarium if you want to find out for yourself!

    November 24 to December 16, 2007:           Saturday and Sunday: French:
                                                11 a.m., English: noon
    December 22, 2007 to January 6, 2008:       Daily: French: 11 a.m.,
                                                English: noon
                                                CLOSED on December 25 and
                                                January 1
    Starting January 24:                        Saturday and Sunday: French:
                                                11 a.m., English: noon
    General information
    Montréal Planetarium: 1000, rue Saint-Jacques (Bonaventure
    metro station). - Tel.: 514 872-4530 -

    Regular admission (*)
    Adults: $8 - Seniors/Students: $6 - Ages 5-17: $4 -
    Ages 4 and under, free.
    (*) Discounts for Accès Montréal cardholders.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Nadine Fortin, Communications
Co-ordinator, (514) 868-3053,; Evelyne
Girard, Communications Assistant, (514) 868-3123,; Visual available on request

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