Media Advisory/Photo-Op - Kick off the International Year of Astronomy at the ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE

    TORONTO, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - In celebration of the International Year of
Astronomy the Ontario Science Centre will be hosting a FREE(*) Astronomy
Festival, filled with activities, demonstrations, and lectures.

    WHAT:   -  Solar observation through safely-filtered solar telescopes(*).
            -  An appearance by the Father of Observational Astronomy,
               Galileo Galilei
            -  An exhibitors' hall featuring local and national astronomy
            -  Space-themed music, films and art
            -  Astronomy workshops, displays, demonstrations and free
            -  Breathtaking images by Canadian astronomers
            -  Renowned speakers in astronomy and space sciences

            (*) weather permitting.

    WHEN:   Saturday January 10, 2009
            10 am to 5 pm

    WHERE:  Ontario Science Centre
            770 Don Mills Road
            Great Hall, Level B

    WHO:    Sara Poirier, Staff Astronomer, Ontario Science Centre
            Ivan Semeniuk, Science Journalist
            Michael Hiltz, MDA
            Ray Jayawardhana, University of Toronto
            Peter McMahon, Discovery Channel

    (*) Applies to ASTRONOMY FESTIVAL events ONLY. A separate admission
        ticket is required to access Ontario Science Centre exhibition halls,
        Shoppers Drug Mart(R) OMNIMAX(R) Theatre and Science Centre parking.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Christine Crosbie, Media
Relations Officer,, OR (416) 696-3191, Day of
Event CELL: (416) 895-5482; Anna Relyea, Associate Director of Communications,, OR (416) 696-3273, Day of Event CELL: (416) 668-1967

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