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 6, 13, 20 & 27 April

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

Friday 4, 11, 18 & 25 May

7.30pm Stories in the Stars
9.00pm Cosmic Dance

Friday 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 June

7.30pm Phantom of the Universe
9.00pm Space Opera


Ticket to the Universe

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

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.

Stories in the Stars

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.

Stories in the Stars
Stories in the Stars


Cosmic Dance

Cosmic Dance is a feast for your eye and an inspiration for your mind: the show features the parallels between modern quantum physics, astrophysics and ages-old spiritual wisdom.

On an adventurous dance through India, the young Canadian physics student Leela discovers in a discourse with international scientists that the entire Universe and all life are connected; matter and spirit are not separated, and divine energy reigns in all of us.

Phantom of the Universe (28 min)

Phantom of the Universe is a new planetarium show that showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show is offered to planetariums worldwide free of charge.

The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.

From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.

Space Opera (40 min)

Space Opera is a virtual interplanetary journey realized with CG spherical rendering technology and presented in a 360° hemispherical view, applying the famous orchestral suite The Planets by Gustav Holst.

 The discovery of a flying disc beneath the earth allows passengers to take off from Earth and visit the entire solar system: the visual setup of the opera is absolutely experimental and unedited. The ambient recreates the interior of an alien spaceship where a voice facilitates the journey and provides information on each stop. Space Opera is therefore an artistic, philosophic, scientific and cinematic experience all at the same time and indeed a unique experience of its kind.



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  • Friday, 27 April, 2018

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  • Friday, 11 May, 2018

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  • Friday, 29 June, 2018