The QVMAG Planetarium is pleased to bring you a special Sky-Skan production brought to you by National Geographic and Lockheed Martin.
Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the fascinating idea that asteroids could be stepping stones to other worlds – veritable way stations in space – enabling us to cross the Solar System.
The challenges are enormous, but a mission so extreme could ultimately lead us to protect our planet and inhabit others. Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and how such an adventure could benefit humankind.
What is a black hole? How do we find them? A black hole is one of the strangest types of objects in the Universe.
Imagine a region of space from which even light cannot escape. That is what many scientists, including Einstein, imagined long before we showed that they actually exist. There is even a huge one right in the centre of our Milky Way galaxy.
In this amazing program, produced by the Melbourne Planetarium, we take a look at what black holes really are, how they form, and how the wonderful physics of how black holes distort space and time. We even take a look at what would happen if we got too close to one - and it's something that we don't recommend!
Capturing the Cosmos
Astronomers today are exploring the Universe on a grand scale. But knowing what's out there is just the first step. Putting the pieces together to unlock the mysteries of the Universe is the ultimate goal.
Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Geoffrey Rush, you can discover the new astronomy being carried out under the breathtaking skies of the Australian outback. What new things shall we learn about the Cosmos?
Capturing the Cosmos was produced by Melbourne Planetarium in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), a consortium of seven universities across Australia.
This show explores the current research being carried out by CAASTRO astronomers as they search the sky in ways never before possible. New and innovative telescopes such as SkyMapper in New South Wales and the Murchison Widefield Array in Western Australia, have been designed to survey large sections of the sky.
The SkyMapper telescope, led by Nobel Laureate and CAASTRO astronomer, Professor Brian Schmidt, is helping to solve the mystery of Dark Energy.
The Murchison Widefield Array is a radio telescope that is investigating the moment when the first stars and galaxies lit up the Universe. They are finding things we’ve never seen before, and will help us to better understand our Universe.
Dawn of the Space Age
A show which provides a fascinating look at space history from the launch of the first artificial satellite in 1957 to the construction of the International Space Station and beyond. The show includes the exciting first footsteps on the Moon and the development of huge space stations.
The show is followed by a live description of the current night sky. The projector is capable of displaying the stars visible to the unaided eye from anywhere in the world, and simulates the apparent motion of the stars as the Earth rotates. The effect is so realistic it is like being out under the stars.
We Are Aliens
Earth is now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before, but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas, or is Earth the only planet with life?
From the National Space Centre in the UK, this show will take you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life. It's a show that balances science, education and family entertainment.
Check out Planetarium Show times here.