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.


October 5, 12, 19, 26

7.30pm From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA + WITST
9.00pm Carriberrie

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

7.30pm Ticket to the Universe
9.00pm Elemental

December 7, 14, 21, 28

7.30pm Black Holes – Journey into the Unknown
9.00pm Dance films in the Dome


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



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.

Ticket to the Universe (45 min)

This session makes full use of the Planetarium’s distinctive technology to present scientific data from astronomical organisations around the world. The result is a journey through the most complete and accurate 3D atlas of the universe ever made.

These datasets, which have been compiled by the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium with support from NASA, clearly show the different scales and structures of the Universe.

As well as travelling to the outer edge of the universe and back, the presentation also includes a look at the night sky. Discover which planets, stars and constellations are easily seen from a Melbourne backyard and how our view of the sky changes, night by night.

Ticket to the Universe poster
Ticket to the Universe


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.



Black Holes – Journey into the Unknown (28min)

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.

The Dance Dome (43min)

The Dance Dome is a new collaboration between multimedia company 4π Productions and Coreo Cymru, Creative Dance Producer of Wales which promises to take the best of Welsh contemporary dance and present it to its audience in 360°. This stunning collection of short films celebrate dance in the fulldome format.

The Beautiful is an immersive metaphysical journey through some of the landscapes of South Wales. It follows the spiritual journey of a dancer who travels through different chakras until reaching ultimate enlightenment.

The Sublime is a dynamic fulldome dance film featuring site-specific live captured sequences of parkour and break-dance shot within the natural & urban spaces of Wales.

Pal O’ Me Heart is the familiar story of two Irish Boys, set during the Easter Rising. This adaptation was filmed on location on the remote Pembrokeshire coastline with the two dancers, Daniel Connor and Murilo Leite D’Imperio performing in and out of the water.

Liminality is a 360° fulldome dance film produced as a collaboration between Wales and India. The piece explores the influences of both cultures with themes engaging the juxtaposition between spirituality and industry. Filmed in South Wales, Delhi and Goa at coastal and urban locations it is a short immersive work through the contemporary dance aesthetic. Directed by 4Pi Productions the piece has been choreographed by Wales based dance artists Kim Noble and Hugh Stanier and features a cast of over 20 dancers.





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  • Friday, 19 October, 2018

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  • Friday, 02 November, 2018

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  • Friday, 28 December, 2018