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Planet Party

September 12th, 2020 – 8PM EDT on YouTube

The Dunlap Institute and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada are throwing a Planet Party and we’re so excited to celebrate Astronomy with you! We’ve created this guide to help you get the most from the evening’s event.

How to prepare: 

  1. Get ready to use Stellarium!  You can access the web version of Stellarium from your computer/tablet/smartphone at: You can also download it as an app from either Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  2. Print out your very own Starfinder!
  3. Download and print our Planet Party 2020 Sky Maps to take outdoors and find Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and some constellations.
  4. Get ready to play real time games with us at to win great prizes!  Watch for the special code on the stream to get in on the fun.  *Contest rules are listed below.
  5. Tag any Astronomy-related photos you may take throughout the evening with the hashtag #PlanetParty2020 and we will select posts to award a prize to!


Schedule of Events (all times are listed in EDT)

Note: Schedule order is subject to change based on shifting weather conditions which may affect live telescope views.

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8:30 Welcome and Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
8:35 Introduction to Stargazing
8:45 Outdoor Planet Gazing (Jupiter and Saturn) – Come Outside with Us!
9:00 Planet Gazing Live From Our Telescopes
9:10 Let’s Talk About Jupiter
9:15 Let’s Talk About Supermassive Black Holes
9:20 Play Real-time Games With Us to Win Great Prizes!
9:30 Learn an Indigenous Constellation
9:45 Learn About the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and Astrophotography!
9:55 Ask Our Astronomers Anything
10:10 Play Real-time Games With Us to Win Great Prizes!
10:20 Let’s Talk About Mars
10:25 Let’s Talk About How the Moons of Uranus Got Their Names
10:30 Follow Us Outside to Stargaze With Us
10:50 Planet Gazing (Mars) Live From Our Telescopes
11:00 Ask Us Anything About Telescopes
11:15 Play Real-time Games With Us to Win Great Prizes!
11:25 End of Program


Contest Rules and Regulations 

Kahoot Games are open to participants from any part of the world to play, however we are only able to ship prizes to winners within Canada (excluding Quebec).  If a winner is located internationally, we reserve the right to award the prize to the player with the next highest score located in Canada (excluding Quebec).  We will offer a virtual prize (ie a Skype chat with an Astronomer) to any international viewer in lieu of a material prize if they are among our top scorers.  If a viewer wins a prize in one round of of the games, they are able to play in subsequent rounds but not permitted to win an additional prize.

Prizes available to our Canadian viewers (excluding Quebec) with the highest scores during Kahoot Games:

Round 1 Prizes

First Prize: PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope

Second Prize: CHIME LEGO Set

Third Prize: Dunlap T-shirt

Round 2 Prizes

First Prize: Celestron Skymaster 15×70 binoculars

Second Prize: Celestron FirstScope

Third Prize: Dunlap T-shirt

Round 3 Prizes

First Prize: CHIME Lego Set

Second Prize: Moon Globe Lamp

Third Prize: Dunlap Institute T-shirt


Prizes for tagging your Planet Party photos with the hashtag #PlanetParty2020

Two winners will be randomly selected from among those who enter. To enter, take a photo of the night sky on September 12, 2020 and share it on social media using the hashtag #PlanetParty2020. Prize winners from the games conducted during the live stream are excluded from eligibility.

Moon Globe Lamp

Star Projector


Prize for one random game participant:

Moon Globe