Planetarium Nights

Planetarium Nights

What
PLANETARIUM
When
General information
Adults 18+
Check schedule below
Tickets
Price range $20–$45
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Information for your visit

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 may feature 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

Fri 10, Fri 17, Thu 23 & Thu 30 December

Please note: the final two sessions of the year will be Thursday evenings.

7.30pm: Capturing the Cosmos + What's in the Sky Tonight

9.00pm: The Wall: The Fulldome Experience

Friday 7, 14, 21 & 28 January

7.30pm: Black Holes – Journey into the Unknown + What's in the Sky Tonight

9.00pm: Alien Action

Friday 4, 11, 18 & 25 February

7.30pm: Ticket to the Universe + What's in the Sky Tonight
9.00pm: Coral

Pricing

Tickets One session Two 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.

The Wall (66 min)

With graphics inspired by Pink Floyd's seminal 1979 album, The Wall: The Fulldome Experience, immerses you in the world of Roger Waters' epic rock opera. As it tells its story of isolation and human emotion, you will enjoy the album in its entirety with the Planetarium's incredible 5.1 surround sound.

Black Holes – Journey into the Unknown (28 min)

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.

Alien Action (45 min)

The crazy German sci-fi cult comedy extravaganza is back!   Way back in 2005 two young graphic designers decided to create their own version of H.G. Well’s classic War of the Worlds on a budget of zero dollars.  The result is a hilarious blend of terrifying giant alien robots, funky graphics, bizarre humour, game shows and a bouncing ball singalong finale. By the end you will either be laughing uproariously or scratching your head in bewilderment.  And just remember if you got no slimy skin, you’re not my brother.

Ticket to the Universe (45 min)

Planet in space
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. This

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.

Coral (45 min)

An extraordinary journey into a mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and rare marine life, revealing a complex community living in the oceans most threatened by climate change.

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