/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory/Photo Op - Ontario Science Centre to celebrate 40 years as a world-class leader and pioneer of interactive science/

    Toronto Astronomy Festival one of many special events taking place in

    TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Forty years after opening its doors as one of the
world's first interactive science museums, the Ontario Science Centre is
celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of Ontario's most visited cultural
attractions and a leading model for interactive science centres around the
    To launch this 40th anniversary year, the Ontario Science Centre is
hosting the Toronto Astronomy Festival, celebrating the International Year of
Astronomy (IYA) and the 400th anniversary of the use of the telescope by
Galileo Galilei for astronomical discovery.
    The Science Centre will host many activities throughout 2009 in
conjunction with IYA, including a speakers' series, introductory astronomy
courses, free star parties, CONTACT astrophotography exhibition, and many more
special events. The City of Toronto will declare January 10th, 2009 as
"International Year of Astronomy Kick-Off Day in Toronto".


    -   The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Ontario Minister of Culture
    -   Mark Cohon, Chair, Board of Trustees, Ontario Science Centre
    -   Lesley Lewis, CEO, Ontario Science Centre
    -   John Percy, University of Toronto, Department of Astronomy, Member
        International Year of Astronomy (IYA) Canada Organizing Committee


    -   Launch of Ontario Science Centre 40th anniversary year long
    -   official proclamation by the city of Toronto
    -   appearance by "Galileo Galilei"
    -   astrophotography exhibition
    -   announcement of three new exhibitions coming to the Science Centre
        this year
    -   The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Ontario Minister of Culture, to
        announce new funding in support of Ontario Science Centre's
        remarkable lineup of exhibitions during its 40th Anniversary year


    Friday, January 9, 2009 @ 10:00 am


    Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
    Imperial Oil Auditorium, level B
    Free Parking

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Christine Crosbie, Media
Relations Officer, Ontario Science Centre, Desk: (416) 696-3191, Day of event
cell: (416) 895-5482, christine.crosbie@osc.on.ca; Tricia Soltys, Narrative
Advocacy Media, (416) 922-2211 x 3278, tricia.soltys@narrativeadvocacy.com

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