The First People were scientists and innovators, carefully tracking and moving with the seasons and creating inventions that allowed them to survive in the northern forests of our country.
With this close connection to the natural world, the Indigenous People of Canada developed a strong culture, rooted in respect for the environment. "Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin" aims to give visitors a chance to learn about the Indigenous worldview and sit at the fire with two people who are connected to the traditional ways.
Visitors will leave the planetarium with an understanding of common constellations visible in the night sky and the Anishinaabe stories that define them. Minwaadiziwin is an Ojibwe term which refers to the hope for all living things to lead a good life. As we are all on this planet together and sit under the same stars, we hope for a good life for all.
What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. With expert input from leading scientists to leading cosmologists, astrophysicists, astro-chemists, planetary scientists and astro-biologists we present humanity's current understanding of where everything, including us, came from.
With state-of the-art digital technology, Science North’s Planetarium is the first planetarium of its kind in Northern Ontario. Feature films about astronomy and other space topics are projected on an 8.4 metre dome. The digital technologies, surround sound and special dome screen immerse audiences, taking them through the galaxies and right to the outer extremities of the known universe, billions of light years away.
Visitors will learn about the stars, planets and galaxies through live presentations presented by Science North Staff Scientists who have access to a comprehensive library of scientific data and ready-to-use educational materials, as well as advanced real time show production tools.