Planetarium Nights



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

On Friday nights the Planetarium will reawaken after hours 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 Planetarium showcase of films on the dome. 

Each show features What’s In The Sky Tonight (WITST), a presenter-led tour through the night sky curated by Museums Victoria astronomer, Dr Tanya Hill, plus two screenings: the first at 7.30pm focusing on astronomy, and at 9pm a full-dome art film. So whether you are into science or art – or even both – we’ve got you covered.

Stick around after the show and enjoy a drink from the bar in planetary surroundings. Planetarium Nights are suitable for adults (18+) and booking in advance is highly recommended.


Friday 13, 20 & 27 October

Session one: 7.30pm Starlight and WITST

Session two: 9.00pm Coral Redkindling

Friday 3, 10, 17 & 24 November

Session one: 7.30pm Capturing the Cosmos and WITST

Session two: 9.00pm Chaos & Order 

Friday 1, 8, 15, 23 & 29 December

Session one: 7.30pm Black Holes and WITST

Session two: 9.00pm Alien Action

Film Descriptions


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.

Coral Rekindling Venus

Under the full dome of the Planetarium, take an extraordinary journey into the mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and rare marine life. There you will find a complex community under threat and an understanding of how our fate, and the fate of the coral community are intimately connected.

Capturing the Cosmos

This 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.

Black Holes – Journey into the Unknown

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.

Chaos & Order: A Mathematic Symphony

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.

Alien Action

Alien Action is the story of an invasion of extraterrestrial fighting robots on earth who are in search of new space for living - followed by a bitter fight for survival. In other words - the classic theme as known from decades of science-fiction literature and film history. By a combination of 360°-music-video-clips, animations, radioplay elements and interactive parts ALIEN ACTION merges this classic theme of space invasion with the history of human expansion, design, music and visual effects. In best tradition of pop-art the show combines the classic science fiction theme with irony and humour and its music-clip-structured dramaturgy to a completely new chapter of digital entertainment.



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  • Friday, 13 October, 2017

  • Friday, 20 October, 2017

  • Friday, 27 October, 2017

  • Friday, 03 November, 2017

  • Friday, 10 November, 2017

  • Friday, 17 November, 2017

  • Friday, 24 November, 2017

  • Friday, 01 December, 2017

  • Friday, 08 December, 2017

  • Friday, 15 December, 2017

  • Friday, 22 December, 2017

  • Friday, 29 December, 2017