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.
Note: On 14 February, we're hosting a special Valentine's Day edition of Planetarium Nights.
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All-sky astronomy is a new way of looking at the sky to better understand our Universe.
Produced in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), this planetarium show highlights current research being carried out by astronomers within Australia.
New and innovative telescopes such as SkyMapper in NSW and the Murchison Wide-field Array in WA, have been designed to survey large sections of the sky. They are finding things we’ve never seen before and will help us to better understand our Universe.
With graphics inspired by Pink Floyd's seminal 1979 album, The Wall: The Fulldome Experience immerses you in the world of Roger Waters' epic rock opera. As it tells its story of isolation and human emotion, you will enjoy the album in its entirety with the Planetarium's incredible 5.1 surround sound.
For thousands of years we have looked to the stars at night in wonder and awe.
Their mysteries have inspired curiosity across all cultures and civilisations.
Narrated by multi-award-winning Australian actress Sigrid Thornton, Starlight is told through the eyes of Margaret, as she steps back in time to relive childhood fears of the dark that awoke her curiosity about the night sky. Join Margaret as she takes you on an out-of-this-world journey to discover constellations and ancient cultures, the birth and death of a star and the inner workings of our Sun.
Starlight features stunning fulldome visualisations of being inside a supernova explosion and drifting through a stellar nursery, a rich gaseous nebula that is collapsing into stars.
Particle/Wave is an immersive multimedia exploration of gravitational waves at the point where poetry, video art, music and science intersect.
First observed in 2015, gravitational waves are ripples in space-time, traveling away from exploding stars, merging black holes and other cosmological phenomena.
Physicist Stephen Hawking called them ‘a completely new way of looking at the universe.’ A mind-expanding collaboration of artists and internationally renowned scientists, Particle/Wave offers a unique lens into this incredible discovery.