The Bendigo Planetarium is situated inside the Discovery Science and Technology Centre and is a 7m dome using a mirrordome system.
2013 saw us try a few different things in the planetarium. We started the year by screening ‘DARK – The Movie’, a short film looking at the search for dark matter which was partly funded by Scitech. The film tied in nicely with ‘Whodunit?’, a travelling murder mystery exhibition. In October we also began showing ‘The Earth Wins’, an environmental documentary produced by two locals and filmed entirely from the air. We also hosted a ‘No Lights, No Lycra’ dance event in the planetarium, as well as the Centre staging the Dr Who 50th anniversary celebrations, organised by the local library. We are planning to host more of these ‘non – traditional’ planetarium events over the next 12 months.
We have also (finally!) purchased some lovely reclining camping chairs, to replace our somewhat upright red chairs.Five new beanbags are coming soon too, making a grand total of ten! This may reduce the capacity of the planetarium slightly, however, it will mean that those watching will be much more comfortable.
Hope to see you all in February!
Craig Kendal (Planetarium Coordinator)
Pic below: Staff member James testing out the new chairs.