Planetarium Nights at Scienceworks is an immersive, other-worldly experience unlike any other. On Friday nights, running until June 8 2018, the Melbourne Planetarium reawakens after hours for adults only with an interstellar line-up of fulldome film screenings.
Featuring two screenings per night, the 7:30pm screening focuses on astronomy and features “What’s in the Sky Tonight?”, a presenter-led tour through the night sky. The 9pm screening features a fulldome art film, offering an immersive voyage into unseen worlds.
Whether you’re a fan of science, art or both, the Melbourne Planetarium has you covered. Discover the deepest darkest depths of the secrets of the Universe in “Black Holes – Journey into the Unknown”, narrated by Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, bask in the graphic epic rock opera of Pink Floyd’s seminal 1979 album “The Wall” with the Planetarium’s 5.1 surround sound, or wrap your head around the award-winning documentary “Back to the Moon for Good”, which chronicles teams competing in Google’s Lunar XPRIZE competition by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon.
For the catastrophe-buffs out there, “Alien Action” is the story of an invasion of extra-terrestrial fighting robots on Earth who, in their search for a new space to live, engage in a fight for survival. By a combination of 360º music video clips, animations, radio-play elements and interactive parts, “Alien Action” merges this classic theme of space invasion with the history of human expansion, design, music and visual effects.
“Dark” is a presentation that seeks to explain and explore the nature of Dark Matter which makes up 80% of the mass of the Universe. In what has been described as our most pressing astrophysical problem of our time, this film explains its importance in understanding why the Universe is as it is, where it came from and how it has evolved over billions of years.
“Loco Dyna Morphics” is a beautiful musical fulldome show that explores the physical unfolding of the nine dimensions of space, time and form. Dedicated to the scientific-art pioneers of the space age, the show uses the dome space as one integrated electro-optic and acoustic instrument.
Be sure to free up a Friday night soon and book a ticket to the most encapsulating view of the universe Melbourne has to offer. Grab a drink from the well-appointed bar, get comfy and enjoy the galactic show.
Planetarium Nights is for adults 18 years and over. Tickets range from $25 – $45.
Written by Daniel Jubb