Planetarium Nights

PLANETARIUM

Where

Scienceworks
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. 

Schedule

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

7.30pm Black Holes – Journey into the Unknown + What's in the Sky Tonight
9.00pm Waiting Far Away + Space Opera

September 6, 13, 20 ,27

7.30pm The Hot and Energetic Universe  + What's in the Sky Tonight
9.00pm Elemental

October 4, 11, 18, 25

7.30pm Europe to the Stars + What's in the Sky Tonight
9.00pm Chaos and Order

Pricing

Tickets 1 session 2 sessions
Adult $25 $45
Concession $22 $40
Museum Member $20 $35

Films

August:

Black Holes – Journey into the Unknown (28 min)

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush, this Planetarium show brings to life all that is fascinating and extreme in the world of black holes. Witness what would happen if you got too close to one, and see how a black hole is able to warp time and space.

Waiting Far Away (11 min)

An explorer of the cosmos has traveled too far… And can’t find home. Follow in the footsteps of a cosmic traveler as he shares a wild story. Find out what grand mysteries he has uncovered while journeying deep into intergalactic space, searching…

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.

September:

The Hot and Energetic Universe (29 min)

The planetarium documentary “The Hot and Energetic Universe” presents with the use of Immersive Visualisations and real images the achievements of the 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 centers 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. Europe plays a leading role in high energy astrophysics research.

Elemental (60min)

Since the dawn of time, poets have gazed up at the stars and pondered who we are and what it all means. Elemental is a unique performance that explores the universe through the eyes of artists. Taking place inside a planetarium, this show combines music, poetry, surround sound and video, and the voice of UK scientist John Gribbin to explore the universe and ascribe meaning to our celestial experience.

Elemental is an immersive experience for the mind and body. Lie back in the comfort of a lounger as you lift off into space for your very own guided tour of the galaxy. This visual voyage through the heavens explores four different theories about how the universe began, taking you on a poetic journey through the Big Bang, the theory of everything, M theory and dark matter, accompanied by a soundtrack of music and poetry readings.

October:

Europe to the Stars (31 min)

Europe to the Stars takes the viewer on an epic journey behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory in the world, revealing the science, the history, the technology and the people.

Discover the European Southern Observatory in a story of cosmic curiosity, courage and perseverance; a story of observing a Universe of deep mysteries and hidden secrets; and a story of designing, building and operating the most powerful ground-based telescopes on the planet.

The movie focuses on the essential aspects of an astronomical observatory, while offering a broader view of how astronomy is done. From site-testing to locate the best places in the world for observing the sky, to how telescopes are built and what mysteries of the Universe astronomers are revealing.

Chaos and Order (50 min)

Do maths have a color? Do they have a sound? Media-artist Rocco Helmchen and composer Johannes Kraas try to answer these questions in their latest fulldome edutainment show Chaos and Order – A Mathematic Symphony. The show captivates audiences by taking them on a journey into a fascinating world of sensuous, ever-evolving images and symphonic-electronic music.

 

Availability

Dates

  • Su
  • Mo
  • Tu
  • We
  • Th
  • Fr
  • Sa
  • Friday, 23 August, 2019

  • Friday, 30 August, 2019

  • Friday, 06 September, 2019

  • Friday, 13 September, 2019

  • Friday, 20 September, 2019

  • Friday, 27 September, 2019

  • Friday, 04 October, 2019

  • Friday, 11 October, 2019

  • Friday, 18 October, 2019

  • Friday, 25 October, 2019

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