Stories in the Stars


Years 5-10
Term 4 Monday–Friday
Other terms by request for groups 90+

Minimum 15 students
Maximum 150 students

Science, The Humanities

School programs and resources

Planetarium closure 10 February-9 March 2019: We are excited to announce the Melbourne Planetarium will be upgrading its state-of-the-art visual system to one that is brighter and three times the resolution of the current system. The upgraded system will give you an even better, immersive and awe-inspiring astronomical experience. The Planetarium will be closed during this period.

European night sky stories are familiar to many people. However the stories indigenous to the southern skies are less well known. Although different Australian Aboriginal groups have different astronomical traditions, there are some broad similarities between many traditions which are often very different to more familiar astronomy.

Explore Indigenous Australian astronomy in this 40-minute Planetarium show and the way Indigenous culture describes constellations that cannot be seen from northern latitudes. Even constellations that can be seen from Europe appear a different way in the sky in the southern hemisphere.

All Planetarium shows conclude with a staff guided ‘What’s in the sky tonight’ presentation.

Curriculum links

  • Biological Sciences
  • Science as a Human Endeavour