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.
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Capcom Go! (26 min)
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?
Dawn of the Space Age (41 min)
From the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights.
Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps into space.
Who were these Men and Women that took part in these death defying endeavours? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in Dawn of the Space Age.
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.
Waiting Far Away (11 min)
An explorer of the cosmos has traveled too far… And can’t find home. Follow in the footsteps of a cosmic traveler as he shares a wild story. Find out what grand mysteries he has uncovered while journeying deep into intergalactic space, searching…
Space Opera (40 min)
Space Opera is a virtual interplanetary journey realized with CG spherical rendering technology and presented in a 360° hemispherical view, applying the famous orchestral suite The Planets by Gustav Holst. The discovery of a flying disc beneath the earth allows passengers to take off from Earth and visit the entire solar system: the visual setup of the opera is absolutely experimental and unedited. The ambient recreates the interior of an alien spaceship where a voice facilitates the journey and provides information on each stop. Space Opera is therefore an artistic, philosophic, scientific and cinematic experience all at the same time and indeed a unique experience of its kind.