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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 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 JUNE
7.30pm Phantom of the Universe
9.00pm Space Opera

FRIDAY 6, 13, 20 & 27 JULY
7.30pm Out there the Quest for Extrasolar Worlds + WITST
9.00pm Darwin and his Fabulous Orchids

FRIDAY 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 AUGUST
7.30pm Our Living Climate + WITST
9.00pm Voices in the Dark


Phantom of the Universe (28 min)

Phantom of the Universe is a new planetarium show that showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show is offered to planetariums worldwide free of charge.

The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.

From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.


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.


Out there the Quest for Extrasolar Worlds (30 min)

For thousands of years, mankind thought that the Earth was the centre of the Universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination and urge to explore, we now know that planets like our Earth are nothing special in the cosmos. The Sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy, the Milky Way.

With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are able to explore more and more of the Universe. What we have found so far has surpassed even the wildest expectations of scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Most stars have planets — it turns out they are more common than we thought.

A huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.


Darwin and his Fabulous Orchids (42 min)

Aesthetic, unique, impressive - this introduction to the largest and most varied family of plants and to the research carried out by Charles Darwin will be an optically intense, but at the same time elegant experience. Lose yourself in a sea of colours, let yourself be carried away and intoxicated.

Orchids are amazingly seductive and full of tricks when it comes to attracting insects and ensuring pollination, which in turn means securing their own survival. Their creativity amazed Charles Darwin who carried out intensive research on this family of plants.


Our Living Climate (28 min)
This show presents a dramatic and different way of looking at climate and climate change. A visually spectacular story unfolds on a global scale, revealing how the climate first evolved and how it has been endlessly transformed by weather patterns, Ice Ages and the appearance of new life forms.

Recent, man-made climate change will be seen in the context of changes in climate that have occurred throughout the Earth's history and by looking closely at our planet’s place in the Solar System.

Floods or droughts, rain or shine, hot or cold; it all occurs within the remarkably thin veneer spanning the Earth – the Atmosphere.

Climate: the phenomenon that makes Life on Earth possible.


Voices in the Dark

Enter a magical world. Dare to believe your eyes. Nothing here is just what it seems at first glance: a postcard is a portal to a lost city, tarot cards which come to life or floating ballet dancers in virtual worlds. A symphony of sounds, pictures and emotions takes you away to a mysterious universe.

Now, Mike Batt, has, together with Terry Rudat and Mindgames Productions, gathered a team of superb, creative 3D designers, illustrators, dancers and video artists to visualise his epic musical work in spectacular visual worlds. The spectator sets out on a breathtaking journey through a magic, audiovisual universe which is created in and through Mike Batt's music. Voices in the Dark takes you to completely new audiovisual dimensions and surprises the spectator to the very last.