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. Planetarium Nights will not run on Good Friday, the 19 April 2019
 

Due to Planetarium upgrade works, Planetarium Nights will not run in February. The program will return bigger and better than ever in March 2019.

Schedule

March 8, 15, 22, 29

7.30pm Capturing the Cosmos + WITST
9.00pm Moon: Worlds of Mystery + The Sun Our Living Star

April 5, 12, 26

7.30pm Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way + DARK + WITST
9.00pm Distant Worlds – Alien Life

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

7.30pm To Space and Back + WITST
9.00pm Phantom of the Universe + Einstein's Gravity Playlist
  

Pricing

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

 

Films

Capturing the Cosmos (26 min)

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 new 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.

Moons: Worlds of Mystery (35 min)

Moons: Worlds of Mystery immerses you in the amazing diversity of moons and the important roles they play in shaping our solar system.

Follow in the footsteps of astronauts to our silvery Moon, then venture beyond to unfamiliar and exotic worlds.

Journey to the outer planets and their moons, returning home with newfound wonder about the dynamic and intricate solar system in which we all live.

The Sun Our Living Star (24 min)

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.

The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.

Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way (7 min)

What lies at the heart of our galaxy? For twenty years, ESO's Very Large Telescope and the Keck telescopes have observed the centre of the galaxy, looking at the motion of more than a hundred stars and identifying the position of an otherwise invisible object - the super-massive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. Embark on a Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way and during seven minutes travel faster than light, from the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile right to the centre of our own galaxy, where a black hole is consuming anything that strays into its path.

Detail of promotion poster for Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way
Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way

Dark (22 min)

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

The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years – the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant. But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity and, through science, we can attempt to understand it.

The movie is presented by Dr Alan Duffy, a brilliant young astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia – 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.

Distant Worlds: Alien Life? (52 min)

Distant Worlds — Alien Life? is a beautiful planetarium film exploring one of the most enduring questions of humankind — are we alone? For millennia our ancestors watched the stars, questioning the origin and nature of what they saw. Still today we ask these questions, knowing that the Universe is a vast place filled with billions and billions of stars and planets — but yet, Earth is the only planet we know for sure to be inhabited.

Availability

Dates

  • Su
  • Mo
  • Tu
  • We
  • Th
  • Fr
  • Sa
  • Friday, 08 March, 2019

  • Friday, 15 March, 2019

  • Friday, 22 March, 2019

  • Friday, 29 March, 2019

  • Friday, 05 April, 2019

  • Friday, 12 April, 2019

  • Friday, 26 April, 2019

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