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. 
 

Schedule

October 4, 11, 18, 25

7.30pm Europe to the Stars + What's in the Sky Tonight
9.00pm Chaos and Order

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

7.30pm Ticket to the Universe
9.00pm Biosphere + INITI

December 6, 13, 20, 27

7.30pm Capcom GO! + What's in the Sky Tonight
9.00pm Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon + Waiting Far Away

Pink Floyd, December 6 & 13 SOLD OUT
 

Pricing

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

 

Films

October: Europe to the Stars (31 min)

Europe to the Stars takes the viewer on an epic journey behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory in the world, revealing the science, the history, the technology and the people.

Discover the European Southern Observatory in a story of cosmic curiosity, courage and perseverance; a story of observing a Universe of deep mysteries and hidden secrets; and a story of designing, building and operating the most powerful ground-based telescopes on the planet.

The movie focuses on the essential aspects of an astronomical observatory, while offering a broader view of how astronomy is done. From site-testing to locate the best places in the world for observing the sky, to how telescopes are built and what mysteries of the Universe astronomers are revealing.

October: Chaos and Order (50 min)

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.

November: Ticket to the Universe

The 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

 

November: Biosphere + INITI (48 min)

Geometrical and mathematical shapes bend and warp until they resemble an organic mass. Set to the music of the legendary ambient musician “Biosphere” (Geir Jenssen), visual artists Dan Gregor and Dalibor Cée take the audience into imaginary worlds. The music and visual components merge into an immersive experience.

Dan Gregor and Dalibor Cée (INITI) work with new forms of audio-visual media. Together, they explore and create complex audio-visual projects. Geir Jenssen has been creating electronic ambient music under the name “Biosphere” since 1991.

December: CAPCOM GO! (26 min) + What's in the Sky Tonight

On July 20th 1969, 600 million people around the world gathered to witness a historic moment of human achievement broadcast live from the Moon.

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” Neil Armstrong.

The world celebrated as the astronauts took their first steps on the Moon. But few people were aware of just how huge an effort it had taken to get them there. These Apollo 11 astronauts were just 2 of nearly 400,000 people who had worked over ten years towards this goal. But how did they do it? What did it take to put humans on the Moon?

December: Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (43 min) + Waiting Far Away (11 min)

A mind-melting explosion of psychedelic visuals, inspired by the music of Pink Floyd, featuring the entire 1973, 'Dark Side of the Moon' album in glorious 5.1 surround sound, with retro abstract projections on the full dome enveloping the entire audience to create a truly astounding experience.


 

Availability

Dates

  • Su
  • Mo
  • Tu
  • We
  • Th
  • Fr
  • Sa
  • Friday, 18 October, 2019

  • Friday, 25 October, 2019

  • Friday, 01 November, 2019

  • Friday, 08 November, 2019

  • Friday, 15 November, 2019

  • Friday, 22 November, 2019

  • Friday, 29 November, 2019

  • Friday, 06 December, 2019

  • Friday, 13 December, 2019

  • Friday, 20 December, 2019

  • Friday, 27 December, 2019

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