Each Planetarium show is followed by a live tour of the current night sky.
The Planetarium uses a Zeiss ZKP3 star projector in conjunction with a fulldome digital system to offer an immersive simulation of the night sky.
The projector can display stars that are 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 feels like you're outside under the stars.
Choose a show:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Natural Selection is an exciting 40-minute planetarium show that is a departure from mainstream astronomy programmes.
The show examines Charles Darwin's famous theory of evolution by natural selection, often called the greatest scientific theory of all time.
It was inspired by his 1831-36 global voyage of exploration, and explained the diversity of species as well as the 'branching pattern' of evolution from common ancestors.
Natural Selection was produced by Mirage 3D in the Netherlands.
As part of every show, the Planetarium's Zeiss projector is used to explain the sights of Tasmania's night sky.
Nga Tohunga Whakatere—The Navigators
This immersive planetarium film tells the story of Māori/Pasifika, and European Navigation towards Aotearoa New Zealand through the eyes of an intrepid teenager, Moko.
The budding navigator transports herself into the world of her Pacific ancestors and onto the decks of their voyaging canoes. As a scientist and explorer, she takes in the view of Earth from space and crosses cultures to witness the worlds of Captain Cook and the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman.
With Moko, we stand alongside the navigators, explore their traditions, uncover their science, and wrap it all up in the space knowledge we have today. The film encompasses the experiences of historical and present-day voyagers. Every storm, latitude, star path and sunrise has been lived.
Our Living Climate
Our Living Climate looks at how the Earth's climate has evolved over time, alternating between periods of relative stability and sudden and dramatic change.
The Earth's climate is a complex and interconnected system. Our Living Climate investigates some of the factors that contribute to climate change, including those made by life in general, and our own human contribution. It offers a spectacular look at what is arguably the greatest challenge of our time.
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket*
When children build a toy rocket made of cardboard, they find that it can take them on an amazing journey through the Solar System. Their astronomy book, borrowed from the library, comes alive and tells them more about the exciting things they are seeing including the different planets.
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.
Two Small Pieces of Glass
Two Small Pieces of Glass – The Amazing Telescope fulldome show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.
Tycho to the Moon*
Blast off on an amazing ride with Tycho the dog and his young friends.
Learn about night and day, space travel, phases of the Moon, and features of the lunar surface. Take a close-up look at the Sun, see Tycho play in zero gravity, witness Earth from space, and watch meteors shoot across the night sky.Blast off on an amazing ride with Tycho the dog and his young friends.
Learn about night and day, space travel, phases of the Moon, and features of the lunar surface. Take a close-up look at the Sun, see Tycho play in zero gravity, witness Earth from space, and watch meteors shoot across the night sky.
Tycho Goes to Mars*
In our brand-new planetarium show, Tycho Goes to Mars, Tycho, our favourite cheeky dog with a knack for getting into trouble, is finally blasting off to discover the red planet, Mars!
Join Tycho on an adventure in what’s set to be 2021’s most exciting animated children’s film in a unique family cinema experience.
We’ll learn all about the major features of Mars, including the ancient volcano Olympus Mons and the canyons of the Valles Marineris.
Tycho is in search of water to fly his steam-powered space kennel back home. But how will he find water on Mars, when it looks so cold, dusty and dry?
Luckily, he discovers a new friend, Oppy, who is all too eager to help. Oppy – the NASA rover, Opportunity – has lots of experience exploring Mars and hunting for water. She is thrilled to share her knowledge of the red planet with a fellow space explorer.
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.
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.
3, 2, 1 Lift Off *
3, 2, 1 Lift Off follows the story of an inquisitive hamster and an unlikely friendship with a robot from outer space who has crash landed on Earth. The story follows the duo as they work to find a way to re-connect the robot with their family in outer space, and the science required to achieve that.
The story is fun, adventurous and educational, and will offer a brilliant story for visitors looking for a weekend activity, or classrooms looking for their next school excursion.
Following each show we share a viewing of what you'll be able to see in the night sky that same evening. This is a great way to engage viewers with what's happening in space, what you can see here from Earth, and where we fit into the universe.
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*Suitable for young children