Planetarium Nights

Planetarium Nights

What
PLANETARIUM
When
General information
Adults 18+
Check schedule below

$10 per Carriberrie ticket will go to the AAAC and $10 per Voyager ticket will go to EAA’s Ukraine Appeal
Tickets
Price range $20–$45
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.

In July to celebrate NAIDOC Week, Planetarium Nights will be screening Carriberrie – a stunning fulldome show featuring Indigenous dance and song from around Australia. $10 from every Carriberrie ticket sold will go to our partner organisation Australian Association for Astronomy in Culture which works closely with Indigenous communities and elders to capture, preserve, and share Indigenous astronomical knowledge and heritage.

In August, celebrate National Science Week at Planetarium Nights! We’re exploring rare and rarely seen astronomical events such as a total solar eclipse, supernovae, and gravitational waves.  Astronomers have a strange relationship to the idea of ‘rare’; something we seldom see on Earth may be commonplace at a universal scale.

Enjoy a drink from the bar in planetary surroundings.

Planetarium Nights is for adults 18 years and over. 

Schedule

Friday 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 July

7.30pm: Voyager – the Never Ending Journey + WITST
9.00pm: Carriberrie (special screenings for NAIDOC Week)

Friday 5, 12, 19 & 26 August 2022

7.30pm: Ticket to the Universe
9.00pm: Particle/Wave

Pricing

Tickets One session Two sessions
Adult $25 $45
Concession $22 $40
Museum Member $20 $35

Films

Voyager – the Never Ending Journey (27 min)

Ukrainian filmmaker Yuriy Gapon tells a thrilling story of the most remarkable space mission in human history. In 1977 two space probes were launched to explore the farthest planets of the Solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune along with their moons. These spacecrafts greatly enriched our knowledge of the distant worlds. Now, after four decades, they explore the interstellar space. Like two bottles launched into the cosmic ocean, both probes carry an interstellar message – the Golden Record, intended for any alien civilisation.

These screenings of Voyager – the Never Ending Journey are brought to you in partnership with Emergency Action Alliance (EAA). EAA is made up of 15 Australian-based member charities who use their reach and resources to save lives around the world. $10 from every Voyager ticket sold will go to the EAA’s Ukraine Appeal.

A short message from the director of Voyager – The Never Ending Journey

Carriberrie (43 min)

Beginning in the heart of the country, performer David Gulpilil sends us across Australia on a concentric, snake-like journey through time and space. 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 before culminating in a contemporary dance performance from Australia’s Indigenous performing company, Bangarra Dance.

These special NAIDOC Week screenings are brought to you in partnership with the Australian Association for Astronomy in Culture (AAAC). AAAC works closely with Indigenous communities and elders to capture, preserve, and share Indigenous astronomical knowledge and heritage.

Ticket to the Universe (45 min)

Planet in space
Ticket to the Universe

MV astronomer Dr Tanya Hill has curated a special selection of rare (or maybe not-so-rare) astronomical events in 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 and allow us to visualise rare astronomical phenomena.

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.

Particle/Wave

Come on a journey into the rarely detected phenomena of gravitational waves with fulldome feature Particle/Wave. This immersive multimedia exploration is at the intersection of poetry, video art, music and science.

First observed in 2015, gravitational waves are ripples in space-time, traveling away from exploding stars, merging black holes and other cosmological phenomena. Physicist Stephen Hawking called them ‘a completely new way of looking at the universe.’ A mind-expanding collaboration of artists and internationally renowned scientists, Particle/Wave offers a unique lens into this incredible discovery.

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