Planetarium Nights | Every Friday night until June 2018

On Friday nights the Melbourne Planetarium reawakens afterhours 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.

Suitable for adults 18+ (bookings recommended)


FRIDAY 3, 10, 17 & 24 NOVEMBER
7.30pm Capturing the Cosmos and WITST
9pm Chaos & Order

FRIDAY 1, 8, 15, 23 & 29 DECEMBER
7.30pm Black Holes and WITST
9pm Alien Action

FRIDAY 5, 12, 19, & 26 JANUARY
7.30pm Back to the Moon for Good and WITST
9pm The Wall

FRIDAY 2, 9, 16 & 23 FEBRUARY
7.30pm Dark and WITST
9pm Loco-Dyna-Morphics

Capturing the Cosmos

This 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.

Chaos & Order: A Mathematic Symphony

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.

Black Holes – Journey into the Unknown

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

Alien Action is the story of an invasion of extraterrestrial fighting robots on earth who are in search of new space for living - followed by a bitter fight for survival. In other words - the classic theme as known from decades of science-fiction literature and film history. By a combination of 360°-music-video-clips, animations, radioplay elements and interactive parts ALIEN ACTION merges this classic theme of space invasion with the history of human expansion, design, music and visual effects. In best tradition of pop-art the show combines the classic science fiction theme with irony and humour and its music-clip-structured dramaturgy to a completely new chapter of digital entertainment.

Back to the Moon for Good

In case you haven't heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they're going back to the moon for good. The award-winning 24-minute Google Lunar XPRIZE fulldome planetarium show, Back To The Moon For Good, chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest international incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon.

The Wall

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'll enjoy the album in its entirety with the Planetarium's incredible 5.1 surround sound.
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