Planetarium Nights



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

On Friday nights 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 also features 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 2, 9, 16 & 23 February

7.30pm Dark and WITST
9.00pm Loco-Dyna-Morphics

Friday 2, 9, 16 & 23 March

7.30pm To Space and Back and WITST
9.00pm Jules Verne Voyages

Friday 6, 13, 20 & 27 April

7.30pm Ticket to the Universe
9.00pm Dawn of the Space Age



Dark is a fulldome movie that explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe.

Presented by Dr Alan Duffy, an astronomer now at Swinburne University, who creates simulations of dark matter evolution inside supercomputers. Alan introduces us to the idea of dark matter, why astronomers think it exists, and explains why radio astronomy is so well-suited to its discovery.

Loco Dyna Morphics

Loco Dyna Morphics is a beautiful musical fulldome show that explores the physical unfolding of the 9 dimensions of space, time and form. Dedicated to the scientific-art pioneers of the space age, the show uses the dome space as one integrated electro-optic & acoustic instrument. Presented as a compilation of 3D-sound compositions by Stefan Berke, audiences are taken on a journey through the realms of universal number harmonics. 

Loco Dyna Morphics contains sequences which may not be suitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy.

To Space and Back

Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. From discovering a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, to reaching down into our world and influencing the way in which we live.

Narrated by Top Gear’s James May, see the impact space technology has on our day-to-day lives.

Produced by the Franklin Institute in association with Sky-Skan.

Jules Verne Voyages

The fantastic adventures of Jules Verne have fascinated generations ever since they were written. So it was time to bring his world of inventions and science fiction to the dome!

Inspired by the novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, three independent fulldome artists – Ralph Heinsohn, Rocco Helmchen and Tobias Wiethoff – joined forces to create this artistic music show, bringing the ideas and the spirit of Jules Verne to life.

Ticket to the Universe (45min)

The session makes full use of the Planetarium’s distinctive technology to present scientific data from astronomical organisations around the world. The result is a journey through the most complete and accurate 3D atlas of the universe ever made.

These datasets, which have been compiled by the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium with support from NASA, clearly show the different scales and structures of the Universe.

As well as travelling to the outer edge of the universe and back, the presentation also includes a look at the night sky. Discover which planets, stars and constellations are easily seen from a Melbourne backyard and how our view of the sky changes, night by night.

Ticket to the Universe poster
Ticket to the Universe


Dawn of the Space Age (41 min)

From the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights.

Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man's first steps into space. Who were these Men and Women that took part in these death defying endeavours? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in Dawn of the Space Age.



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