Midnight Moon



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

Total Lunar Eclipse viewing

Stay up late to share in the wonder of watching Earth's shadow engulf the Moon. Marvel at the vivid reminder that we are part of a much larger Universe with your expert guide – astronomer Dr Tanya Hill. Enjoy live Moon-inspired music from leading Melbourne Jazz identity Steve Sedergreen. Scienceworks will be the perfect vantage point for watching the eclipse occur as the Moon rises over Melbourne.

At this special midnight event you will:

  • hear expert commentary guiding you through the stages of the eclipse – commencement, partial, and totality
  • be immersed in a fulldome show on the Moon in the Planetarium
  • take part in outdoor telescope viewing (weather permitting)
  • enjoy live music from the Steve Sedergreen Trio
  • view live feeds from national and international observatories

Scrumptious snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at Elements café on site.

Please note this after-hours event is for adults only.

Book by Thursday 25 January for discounted $30 early bird tickets (normally $40)!

Evening schedule


Times Activity
9.15pm Doors open
9.30pm Welcome and eclipse introduction from astronomer Dr Tanya Hill
10pm Fulldome screening in the Planetarium – session 1
10.30pm Move to the arena for eclipse viewing and commentary (weather permitting).
Live music from the Steve Sedergreen Trio begins.
Opportunity to purchase supper at Elements café.
10.48pm Partial Eclipse begins
11.15pm Fulldome screening in the Planetarium – session 2 (repeat)
11.52pm Total Eclipse begins
12.30am Event finishes

What if there is rain or clouds?

It is the fate of the astronomer to be at the mercy of the weather and unfortunately we are unable to control the rain and clouds. The event will go ahead and in the case of inclement weather, you will still hear Dr Hill's commentary and see the eclipse through the live stream inside. We will monitor the weather throughout the evening and take advantage of any gap in the clouds to go outside and observe the eclipse directly.

Presenters and performers

Dr Tanya Hill is Senior Curator of Astronomy at Museums Victoria. She develops new astronomy productions for the Melbourne Planetarium and creates opportunities for the general public to find out about astronomical events and discoveries. Tanya is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and writes an astronomy column for the Conversation called 'Look Up'.

Steve Sedergreen Trio
One of Melbourne’s leading Jazz identities, pianist Steve Sedergreen has a well-earned reputation as one of the most exciting yet accessible jazz players around. Together with long-time collaborators James Clark on double bass and Andrew Swann on drums, they will deliver a spectacular set of Moon-inspired music to celebrate the lunar eclipse.