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 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August

7.30pm Our Living Climate + WITST
9.00pm Voices in the Dark

September 7, 14, 21, 28

7.30pm Starlight + WITST             
9.00pm Visualiszt

October 5, 12, 19, 26

7.30pm From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA
9.00pm To Be Advised

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

7.30pm Ticket to the Universe
9.00pm Elemental


Our Living Climate (28 min)

This show presents a dramatic and different way of looking at climate and climate change. A visually spectacular story unfolds on a global scale, revealing how the climate first evolved and how it has been endlessly transformed by weather patterns, Ice Ages and the appearance of new life forms.

Recent, man-made climate change will be seen in the context of changes in climate that have occurred throughout the Earth's history and by looking closely at our planet’s place in the Solar System.

Floods or droughts, rain or shine, hot or cold; it all occurs within the remarkably thin veneer spanning the Earth – the Atmosphere.

Climate: the phenomenon that makes Life on Earth possible.

Voices in the Dark

Enter a magical world. Dare to believe your eyes. Nothing here is just what it seems at first glance: a postcard is a portal to a lost city, tarot cards which come to life or floating ballet dancers in virtual worlds. A symphony of sounds, pictures and emotions takes you away to a mysterious universe.

Now, Mike Batt, has, together with Terry Rudat and Mindgames Productions, gathered a team of superb, creative 3D designers, illustrators, dancers and video artists to visualise his epic musical work in spectacular visual worlds. The spectator sets out on a breathtaking journey through a magic, audiovisual universe which is created in and through Mike Batt's music. Voices in the Dark takes you to completely new audiovisual dimensions and surprises the spectator to the very last.

Starlight (28 min)

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.

Visualiszt (43 min)

Famed as a child prodigy, piano virtuoso, heartthrob and enchanter of Europe’s concert halls, Franz Liszt was one of the most dazzling musical personalities of his era. In 1844 the hysterical reactions to Liszt and his concerts was labelled ‘Lisztomania’ and he has been described as the first superstar in music history.  To celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth the Fulldome Film Festival in Jena created the ‘Visualiszt Awards’.  The challenge open to students, professionals and freelance producers was to create works that showed how Liszt’s artistic ideas and compositions could be translated into the fulldome format.  The resulting films vary extraordinarily both musically and visually while paying tribute to the genius of Liszt.

From Dream to Discovery (30 min)

In From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA, experience the excitement of today’s space missions as you journey from NASA’s test facilities all the way to Pluto. Immerse yourself in the adventure and extremes of spacecraft engineering—from the design of missions like the James Webb Space Telescope and New Horizons, to the rigors of testing, launch, and space operations.

When humans dare to dream, we create truly amazing things.

Carriberrie (43 min)

An exhilarating and visceral film that tells the expansive story of Carriberrie-dance, song and music in Aboriginal culture. Beginning in the heart of the country at Uluru, actor and performer David Gulpilil guides us across Australia in a concentric, snake-like journey through time and space. We journey through traditional ceremonial dance and song, towards intrinsically contemporary and modern expressions. Intimate, immersive and breath-taking, this documentary showcases a stunning range of Australian locations and performances. From iconic ceremonial traditional dance in Uluru, through rain making and funeral songs in the desert, and out into modern hip-hop in the alleys of Sydney’s thriving urban scene before culminating in a contemporary dance performance from Australia’s Indigenous performing company, Bangarra Dance.



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  • Friday, 24 August, 2018

  • Friday, 31 August, 2018

  • Friday, 07 September, 2018

  • Friday, 14 September, 2018

  • Friday, 21 September, 2018

  • Friday, 28 September, 2018