Best of the Fest

PLANETARIUM

Where

Scienceworks
2 Booker Street
Spotswood, Victoria, 3015
What's On

Dome Under Film Festival

Did you miss Australia's first ever full dome film festival, Dome Under Festival? Here is your chance to catch a selection of the best films from the festival.

Find something you love among powerful films by recognised film-makers, and shorts that push the boundaries.

Unless otherwise stated, each show will be followed by a live presentation of the current night sky and the major astronomical objects that can be seen.

For multiple session bookings please call our Bookings and Enquiries Team on 13 11 02.

Birth of Planet Earth

Wed 12 Feb 2.30pm | Fri 21 Feb 2.30pm | Sun 23 Feb 2.00pm

Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

Voyager: The Never-Ending Journey

Thu 13 Feb 2.30pm | Sun 16 Feb 2.00pm | Sat 22 Feb 3.00pm

The movie tells a thrilling story of the most remarkable space mission in human history. In 1977 two space probes were launched to explore the farthest planets of the Solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune along with their moons. These spacecraft greatly enriched our knowledge of the distant worlds. Now after four decades they explore the interstellar space. Like two bottles launched into the cosmic ocean, both probes carry an interstellar message – the Golden Record, intended for any alien civilisation.

Capcom GO!

Fri 14 Feb 2.30pm | Mon 24 Feb 2.30pm | Sun 1 Mar 3.00pm

CAPCOM GO! celebrates the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon almost 50 years ago. It will introduce a new generation to the immense challenges they overcame and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future.

Khrumka and the Magic Rocket

Sat 15 Feb 12.00pm | Sun 1 Mar 12.00pm

Khrumka and his friend Kippy learn about the space in little school forest and then, with cute robot go on a journey through the Solar System in a magic rocket.

Whale Super Highway (no live presentation)

Sat 15 Feb 1.00pm | Sat 22 Feb 2.00pm

A breathtaking journey on one of the world’s greatest whale migration routes as a team of experts attempt to unlock the secrets behind one of the greatest environmental comebacks ever - the humpback whale. An extraordinary journey from the top of Western Australia to Antarctica. If they can discover why the humpbacks are so successful on this super highway, it may help in the fight to save another mighty mammal, the largest animal ever to have lived - the endangered blue whale.

Unseen Universe

Sat 15 Feb 2.00pm | Wed 26 Feb 2.30pm

Made in association with ESO and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Unseen Universe explores the cosmos far beyond our human senses. For millions of years our view of the heavens has been limited by our eyes; allowing us to only see a narrow band of electromagnetic radiation we call visible light.
Unseen Universe provides a stunning visual treat as we explore the latest splendours of the heavens with a stirring score performed by the Utah Film Orchestra. It is an uplifting look at the new era of astronomy and what has yet to come.

Destination Mars: The New Frontier

Sat 15 Feb 3.00pm | Saturday 29 February 3.00pm

Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA – and others – have their sights set on the Red Planet and they’re building the technology to get us there. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon, and one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey.

Autumn Stories in the Sky

Sun 16 Feb 12.00pm | Thur 27 Feb 2.30pm

Narrated by Lucy Lawless and John Rhys-Davies, join us for an adventure as our stellar navigators explore our night sky and delve into the legends behind the constellations we see through the seasons. Discover how constellations can be used to find nebulae, galaxies, star clusters, planets, and John’s personal favourites, dwarf planets; while Lucy introduces you to fantastic figures from Greek mythology and Māori pakiwaitara with celestial stories in a way they've never been told before.

Ningaloo: Australia’s Other Great Reef (no live presentation)

Sun 16 Feb 1.00pm | Sat 29 Feb 1.00pm

Young marine scientist, Anna Cresswell, takes an extraordinary submarine voyage in search of the key to life on Australia’s iconic Ningaloo Reef. Anna is on a mission to witness the annual, synchronised, mass coral spawning, one of nature’s most spectacular and mysterious reproductive events. If scientists can come to understand how it works, it may well offer them solutions to protecting coral reefs from the ravages of climate change. Along the way, Anna navigates through a maze of spectacular coral structures, inhabited by an abundance of exotic marine life, in one of the most diverse and complex eco systems ever discovered.

Mars 1001 (no live presentation)

Sun 16 Feb 3.00pm | Tue 18 Feb 2.30pm | Sun 23 Feb 3.00pm

An international crew of astronauts is about to embark on the first interplanetary journey in history, the first manned mission to the surface of Mars. Reporter Miles O’Brien is reporting live from his space headquarters TV studio in New York, while events unfold for the crew in their 1001 day long mission.

Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries

Mon 17 Feb 2.30pm | Tue 25 Feb 2.30pm | Sat 29 Feb 2.00pm

It takes a team of people with diverse backgrounds, talents and skills, working under unique sky conditions, to make a world-class observatory succeed. Big Astronomy, the newest planetarium show from the California Academy of Sciences, will introduce you to cutting-edge telescopes in the remote mountains of Chile and to the people who make sure these instruments operate day and night, unlocking the secrets of the universe.

NASA Explorations: Touching the Sun

Thu 20 Feb 2.30pm | Sun 23 Feb 1.00pm | Sun 1 Mar 2.00pm

Parker Solar Probe

Explorations is a series of short films covering a wide variety of NASA Science Missions. We distribute these films free to all planetariums. In this episode, we investigate the Parker Solar Probe, as it dives into the Sun’s corona, using slingshots around Venus, as it becomes the fastest spacecraft ever sent into space.

Áróra

An immersive experience about the beauty of Auroras. Take a journey across time and space to understand the science behind the phenomena and to experience the stories of our ancestors. Guided by the lullaby of the Dawn Goddess. This cinematic adventure invites the audience to join the dance of these eerie lights over remote Icelandic landscapes.

Night of Falling Stars – Revealing the secrets of meteor shower

Sat 22 Feb 12.00pm | Sun 1 Mar 1.00pm

Shooting stars, they emit light and fade away in an instant. What are they? Most shooting stars appear on certain days each year, a phenomenon we call meteor showers. Why so these special nights happen? What is the connection that links shooting stars and our solar system? Come take a journey through time and space to discover the secret of meteor showers.

Beyond the Sun – In search of a new Earth

Sat 22 Feb 1.00pm |  Fri 28 Feb 2.30pm

Celeste is fighting off sleep by reading a book on astronomy when, through her bedroom window, she receives a visit from Moon and his mischievous helpers. With the aid of his helpers, Moon leads Celeste on a journey through the universe to discover what an exoplanet is and how it can be detected.

Solarians + How it was Told to Me

Sun 23 Feb 12.00pm | Sat 29 Feb 12:00pm

Solarians

A group of strange interstellar travellers will go out in search of new planets on which to begin life.

How it was Told to Me

How it was told to me: Māori Legends from New Zealand is a collection of three New Zealand Māori stories of the southern skies. The first, The Creation Story tells of Ranginui the Sky Father and Papatūanuku the Earth Mother and how their children rebelled against them to bring light into our world. The following piece, Rona and the Moon tells of how Marama, the Moon came to look the way it does in our southern skies today. And The Great Waka tells of how a fisherman, Tamareriti created the Milky Way with all its constellations, and for the first time brought light to our Southern night skies.

Availability

Dates

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Session time/s

    • Saturday, 22 February, 2020

    • Sunday, 23 February, 2020

    • Monday, 24 February, 2020

    • Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

    • Wednesday, 26 February, 2020

    • Thursday, 27 February, 2020

    • Friday, 28 February, 2020

    • Saturday, 29 February, 2020

    • Sunday, 01 March, 2020

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