The Astronomy of Shakespeare

"O, swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable."

Throughout his work, Shakespeare makes consistent use of the heavens to help convey everything from the feelings and thoughts of his characters to simply the passage of time. Shakespeare not only had a firm grasp on the behaviour of the cosmos, but appeared to have a keen interest in it as well! As part of our tour through the Solar System and beyond, we will compare various references to the night sky in the works of Shakespeare to their real-world counterparts in attempts to decipher their meaning. We will also explore how the scientific beliefs of Shakespeare's time influenced his writing, and how they have evolved over time.

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This is a private showing for our group! $10/person Feel free to invite your friends! The theatre seats 35 people. The more, the merrier! After the show, those interested will be relocating to Boston Pizza for food and drinks and conversation (around 8pm).

Parking on campus is $7 flat rate after 4pm on main campus, but just as close is the "off campus" lot which is $3 flat rate after 4pm. There is also a shuttle bus between the parking lot and main campus that lets you off 1 minute from the planetarium. Directions can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/saHKO 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic

    September 24

    • Tom C.

      Is that facetious or do you really what to know how? Drive a stake in the ground (1 m would be great).At ground level sight from the star to the top of the stake. Place a reference at that point

      September 25

    • Tom C.

      The line between the 2 points is solar south

      September 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first time out. I enjoyed both the talk and meeting the members.

    September 24

    • Tom C.

      We got cut off in our discussion about Mother Teresa. Go to YouTube and search for "hitchens mother teresa" to see the opinion of a person that wrote a book on her. Christopher Hitchens is a lot of fun to listen to on almost any subject.

      2 · September 24

  • Alan d.

    I just learned that the North Star doesn't move in the sky (or appears to not move as its being pointed at by our current axis). Cool.

    September 23

    • Tom C.

      You can use it to find solar south to point a solar panel.

      1 · September 24

  • Tom C.

    See you there.

    1 · September 18

  • Alan d.

    OH OH, I'm going... (Said Shakespeare like never...)

    1 · September 11

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