Planetarium Shows

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Each Planetarium 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.

 

Birth of Planet Earth

Birth of Planet Earth is a show that tells the twisted tale of Earth’s origins.  Our planet formed four and a half billion years ago, and scientists now think that our galaxy is filled with planetary systems, including planets roughly the size of our own.

An important question is how the Moon formed. According to a major hypothesis, it came into being as a result of a catastrophic collision, which is depicted realistically on our planetarium dome.

The show examines the questions of how Earth become a living planet in the wake of our Solar System’s violent birth, and what its history tells us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like.

From Earth to the Universe

From Earth to the Universe is a 30-minute voyage through time and space.  It shows, through a fascinating combination of sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science.  It takes audiences a journey of celestial discovery, from the early theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to a look at today’s most impressive telescopes.  The show was produced by the European Southern Observatory.  

 

CAPCOM GO!

As part of our program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first footsteps on the Moon, the Planetarium presents the show CAPCOM GO! 

Apollo 11, in 1969, was the mission during which the first men walked on the Moon: Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin.  The moonwalk took place on 21 July 1969 (Australian time).

The show describes how the United States space agency NASA began its human spaceflight program with the launch of the first American into space in the early 1960s.  NASA gradually built up its expertise until it was ready to attempt the July 1969 lunar landing.

The show's title, CAPCOM GO!, relates to the person in the mission control centre who was given the title CAPCOM, short for 'Capsule Communicator'.  It was CAPCOM's role to be the only person speaking with the astronauts.

We Are Stars

We Are Stars, was produced by NSC Creative in the United Kingdom, who also produced our very popular show We Are Aliens.

The show takes a light-hearted look at the way stars burn, producing the range of elements with which we are so familiar.  Indeed, most of the material in our bodies, and in everything we use each day, was formed deep inside the stars! 

We Are Stars includes many other interesting facts about the stars.

 

The Sun: Our Living Star

This exciting program about the Sun was produced by the European Southern Observatory.  It made its world debut at the International Planetarium Society Conference in France in July 2018. 

The Sun is the only star that we can study from relatively close range, and learning more about our Sun helps astronomers to understand more about other stars.

The Sun: Our Living Star presents a wealth of information about the Sun in an easily understandable way. It includes spectacular graphics showing how the Sun generates its energy, and that it reveals many of its secrets to astronomers, who observe it in different wavelengths of light.  

The program is suitable for ages 5 and up. 

 

Black Holes

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 that 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.

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.

 

 

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