Planetarium Nights

Planetarium Nights

General information
Adults 18+
Check schedule below
Price range $20–$45
Information for your visit

The Melbourne Planetarium reawakens after hours for adults only with a stellar line-up of fulldome film screenings.

Journey through fluorescent coral reefs, marvel at the cosmos, dive into black holes and get ready for an alien invasion in the latest Melbourne Planetarium showcase of films on the dome.

There are two screenings a night. The 7.30pm session focuses on astronomy and may feature What’s in the Sky Tonight (WITST), a presenter-led tour through the night sky. The 9pm session features a fulldome art film offering an immersive voyage into unseen worlds. So, whether you are into science or art, or both, we've got you covered.

Enjoy a drink from the bar in planetary surroundings.

Planetarium Nights is for adults 18 years and over. 


Friday 6, 13, 20 & 27 May 

7.30pm:  The Sun Our Living Star + WITST 
9.00pm:  Sphere

Friday 3, 10, 17 & 24 June

7.30pm: The Hot and Energetic Universe + WITST
9.00pm: Loco Dyna-Morphics (Show may trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy)


Tickets One session Two sessions
Adult $25 $45
Concession $22 $40
Museum Member $20 $35


The Sun – Our Living Star (24 min)

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.

The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.

Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

Sphere (45 min)

Award-winning German composer Robot Koch joins forces with French visual artist Mickael Le Goff to present Sphere, an audio visual experience designed especially for planetariums and full dome venues.

The show takes the audience on a trip through space and time, oscillating between deep, synth-driven science-fiction moments and blissful suspension, carried by lush string arrangements.

The Hot and Energetic Universe (29 min)

The Hot and Energetic Universe presents, with the use of Immersive Visualisations and real images the achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.

High Energy Astrophysics plays a key role in understanding the universe. These radiations reveal the processes in the hot and violent universe.

High Energy Astrophysics probes hot gas in clusters of galaxies, which are the most massive objects in the universe. It also probes hot gas accreting around supermassive black holes in the centres of galaxies.

Finally, high energy radiation provides important information about our own galaxy, neutron stars, supernova remnants and stars like our Sun which emit copious amounts of high energy radiation.

Loco Dyna-Morphics (50 min)

A musical fulldome show with complex visualised spatial-audio animations. Dedicated to the scientific-art pioneers, the show used the fulldome space as one intergrated electro-optic and acoustic instrument.

Presented as a complication on 3D-sound compositions by Stefan Berke, audiences are taken on a journey though the realms of universal number harmonics.

Show may trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy


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