Monthly Archives: December 2013

Upgrading Horizon – the Planetarium

Well, we are finally here. After being closed for months we are once again open for business. Funded by a $1.3m grant from Lotterywest, Horizon – the Planetarium has undergone some major renovations. We have had a complete gutting of … Continue reading

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ASTEN in Wollongong

Being a Science Centre with a planetarium is not unique in Australia. This is also the situation in Bendigo (Discovery), Perth (SciTech) and Melbourne (Scienceworks). In November Wollongong hosted the Australasian Science Centre and Technology Exhibitors Network -ASTEN- conference. And … Continue reading

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APS2014 conference – Preliminary Program

The APS2014 conference is now only two months away and is shaping up to be our biggest yet. While many details are still to be finalised I have already received several requests for the program. And so here is the … Continue reading

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APS2014 conference – Hidden Universe 3D

I am pleased to announce that the forthcoming APS2014 conference will include a screening of the IMAX film Hidden Universe 3D. Hidden Universe 3D takes audiences on a breathtaking journey deep into space in the cinematic medium that transports audiences … Continue reading

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Queensland Premier Visits Brisbane Planetarium

This afternoon, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman enjoyed a relaxed holiday visit with one of his daughters to the upgraded Brisbane Planetarium and saw one of the fulldome shows. The Premier (left) is with Planetarium Curator Mark Rigby and the Zeiss … Continue reading

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Correction

Excuse my lapse in typing ‘Copernicus’ in the original posting about ‘A Bat Salutes First Full Moon With Chinese Lander’. I’ve corrected it on the blog – a case of the mind not in gear as I posted it. — … Continue reading

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A Bat Salutes First Full Moon With Chinese Lander

I just shot a handheld camera image of the Full Moon tonight – the first Full Moon with a Chinese spacecraft operating on it. A bat flew past in salute! A fraction of a second later and I would have … Continue reading

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Chang’e-3 Landing Site

I’ve marked the actual landing site for the Chinese Chang’e-3 lander and Yutu rover based on a handheld camera shot I took on Friday, 13 December, that best shows the original target location and the final landing site. I also … Continue reading

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WISH: World Innovation Summit for Health

Fancy using your planetarium for immersive remote surgery? Just spent a week in Doha at the World Innovation Summit for Health. Besides being an amazing event I was commissioned to set up an iDome in the innovation hall. While I put … Continue reading

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A Night in the Museum

On my way to and from Gabon for the November 3rd total solar eclipse (successful), I went to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) several times, including their special night to launch the Hayden Planetarium’s latest show ‘Dark Universe’ … Continue reading

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