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Heads Up, The Melbourne Planetarium Extended Its After-Hours, Adults-Only Stargazing Sessions

By Ioana Dragnef
4th Sep 2019

Has there ever been a better excuse to visit Melbourne Planetarium than an adults-only, after-hours stargazing session? We think not.

Every Friday night until 27 December, the Melbourne Planetarium reawakens after hours with a stellar line-up of film screenings on their huge domed ceiling. There will be two screenings: one at 7:30 pm and one at 9 pm, but don’t get too confident in your last-minute planning abilities, because they tend to sell out pretty quickly—you'll want to get in on that star-gazing action as soon as possible.

The 7:30 pm session focuses on astronomy and also features a presenter-led tour through the night sky called What’s In The Sky Tonight? Stare down dark matter, check in with the Milky Way and keep an eye out for any asteroids Bruce Willis might want to drill through.

The 9 pm session features an art film offering an immersive voyage into unseen worlds, aka we’re going to talk about aliens and all that fun “are we alone in the universe” stuff. Plus, there will be booze, and no screaming children, so it sounds like a win-win.

Plus in December, you can expect a mind-melting explosion of psychedelic visuals inspired by Pink Floyd, featuring the entire 1973 'Dark Side of the Moon' album in glorious 5.1 surround sound, with retro abstract projections on the full dome enveloping the entire audience to create a truly astounding experience.

The whole pondering-the-universe-with-a-drink-in-hand thing will only set you back $25 per person, per session ($22 concession), which is totally worth it considering you might score a fun epiphany or hit a brick wall of existential dread. Whatever floats your boat, really. 

And while it is unlikely that aliens will abduct you during these sessions, we suggest you keep a sharp eye out just in case.

The Details

What: Planetarium Nights
When: Every Friday until 27 December 2019
Where: Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood
For more info, click

Image credit: Scienceworks

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