Dome Under Festival

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The Melbourne Planetarium is excited to announce the Dome Under Festival, the first ever Fulldome Film Festival in Australia. The festival will take place at the Melbourne Planetarium, February 8-9, 2020.

The two-day film festival will be a celebration of the fulldome film format and it will promote the medium to a wider audience. The festival is independent and open to contributions from all around the world.

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4m iDome

There is a 4m diameter iDome available in the Singleton area. Let me know if you are interested. Note, this is 1m wider than the more usual iDome, suited to standing applications rather than seated.

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Planets High 5

We now have Venus and Jupiter  in the evening sky and soon three more will be added.

Mars is rapidly moving towards it’s closest Opposition for 15 years by the end of July at 57.6Mkm.

Find an Observatory or Planetarium near you, rug up for the snow and get outside to view  our stunning neighbours, with the centre of Our Milky Way Galaxy reaching best viewing in the depths of winter.

Coming up at Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum:




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APS2018 | Dunedin, New Zealand

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The conference is over for another year, and just how quickly the time flew.  It was fantastic to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.  A huge thank you to Oana Jones for organizing the conference and all the team at the Perpetual Gardens Planetarium at the Otago Museum.  We would also like to thank all of our sponsors for making this another great conference.

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Total Lunar Eclipse – January 31, 2018


A total lunar eclipse will be visible across Australia and parts of New Zealand on the evening of January 31. A number of planetariums and observatories will be hosting events, providing a great opportunity to share this grand experience with others.


Late night astronomy: Lunar Eclipse, Sydney Observatory

Visit Sydney Observatory and use our telescopes to catch the best view of the upcoming lunar eclipse during a special late night tour.

Enjoy an evening of astronomy with telescope viewings* and stargazing. Discover the science of lunar eclipses and take a stroll through the Observatory after hours. Pack a late-night snack to bring with you and enjoy the view of the Southern Sky over the harbour.

TIME: 10:30pm January 31 – 1:30am February 1

COST: $40 adults, $32 concession, $32 child, $32 MAAS member, $28 MAAS member child


River Murray Dark Sky Reserve

Bring a picnic dinner and hear from a special guest speaker as you enjoy the total eclipse of the Moon under a superb dark sky away from the light pollution of the city.

TIME: 7:30pm

COST: free


Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum

Come along for a special evening under the beautiful eclipsed Moon. The 3rd Rock Cafe will be open for dinner.

TIME: 9pm to late

COST: $10 adults, $8 concession, $5 student (under 18), $25 family 4 (2 adults + 2 children), $30 family 5 (2 adults + 3 children)

Midnight Moon, Melbourne Planetarium

Stay up late to share in the wonder of watching Earth’s shadow engulf the Moon. Marvel at the vivid reminder that we are part of a much larger Universe with your expert guide – astronomer Dr Tanya Hill. Enjoy live Moon-inspired music from leading Melbourne Jazz identity Steve Sedergreen and be immersed in Moonwalk a fulldome artistic show about the history and cultural influence of the Moon.

TIME: 9.15pm January 31 – 12:30am February 1

COST: $40 adults


Lunar Eclipse Special Sighting, Stardome Observatory and Planetarium

See a planetarium show, look through the telescopes, watch live streams, learn how to take your own astrophotography images of the Moon, grab something to eat at the food trucks on site and wander through our special ‘Lunar Exhibition’ in the Matariki Room.

In the early hours of the morning, witness the lunar eclipse alongside fellow lunar-enthusiasts! Get into your PJ’s (we won’t judge!) and bring the kids for this special event.

TIME: 8pm January 31 – 3am February 1

COST: $5


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Casual Planetarium Program Officer Positions

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is looking to add one or two casual Planetarium Program Officer positions to present sessions in the facility’s Cosmic Skydome, conduct observatory sessions and carry out other duties. The roles are available to supplement permanent staff as needed.

Information is available via ‘Seek‘ and applications close on 10 November 2017.

Mark Rigby
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

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Sir Thomas Brisbane’s Stars

If you missed it, below is a link to a recent four-minute ‘The Great Day Out’ segment on the SEVEN TV Network about Sir Thomas Brisbane and his astronomical associations. The second half was filmed at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.

There were a couple of errors, e.g. the presenter referenced Brisbane’s observatory as the first in Australia. William Dawes had his setup from 1788 to 1791.

Still, is was good publicity for us and it reflected in attendances following it. Likewise my previous post with the TODAY show crosses earlier this week on the National NINE Newtork.

Featured in the SEVEN TV segment is the bronze of Sir Thomas Brisbane created by Peter Doran, shown here at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium last year. The bust is now in Brisbane’s City Hall.


Mark Rigby
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

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National TODAY show at Brisbane Planetarium

It definitely wasn’t astronomy-friendly weather in Brisbane, Australia today, but we still had five national weather segment crosses from the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium on the Nine Network’s TODAY Show.

Because of Daylight Savings Time in some other states, it meant being at the Planetarium to meet the TV crew around 4am Brisbane time.

We couldn’t do a cross from outside because of the weather, so we did the first cross from next to one of the Apollo exhibits featuring the replica of Neil Armstrong’s lunar spacesuit and the 1/48th scale Saturn V.

The second cross was from some of the space exploration exhibits and the retired Zeiss Spacemaster projector.

The third cross was a challenge with real-time content on the dome in our Cosmic Skydome. Low light levels made it a challenge for the camera man and being too busy “flying” I was unable to get any photographs.

The fourth cross was with some meteorites and the weather presenter Natalia Cooper handling some meteorites and standing beside a 43.5kg Henbury meteorite.

The rain had stopped near the end of the TODAY show, so we were able to do the fifth and final cross from the Observatory.

It was all done at short notice, but it went well and we appreciate the national publicity.

Mark Rigby
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

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APS2017 | Wollongong Science Centre & Planetarium

Great day of full dome shows and fun!

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Earth Hour – Starry Autumn Nights

Saturday March 25th 2017 – 10th Earth Hour

The night sky – beautiful, mysterious and “infinite”. The band of the Milky Way made up of numerous twinkling points of light. Over the years the night sky has “disappeared” and its wonders lay hidden behind the glow of light pollution from growing towns and cities.

Ballarat still has good views of the Night Sky. Overseas visitors from Germany, Japan, China, England and elsewhere, are amazed at the amount of stars they can see. As Ballarat grows, good planning is required to keep our night sky dark. By preserving our forests and green corridors, by addressing the growing electricity bill that Councils have and by being inventive in how this can be done with regard to reduced street lighting in environmentally friendly new developments and refurbishment of old suburbs, funds can be diverted into other areas for use by the community.

6.00pm Star-be-cue – Bring your own picnic or have something from the 3rd Rock Cafe.

7.00pm:  Kinja- Ron Murray and Sarah James -The Kinja sound is an ethereal blend of Indigenous Australian and Celtic inspired moods.

Sarah and Ron feel that Kinja’s music unites their heritage. “People tend to be touched by hearing two musical cultures coming together and it seems to move people on that level “. Their haunting partnership of violin and didgeridoo transcends cultural differences.







The stunning back drop for the music is be provided by Alex Cherney, with time lapse photography of the Australian Landscape, Ocean Beaches, ASKAP Telescope and Parkes Radio Telescope, the night sky at it’s best.

Alex Cherney is a keen astronomer and photographer at night, with a particular passion in wide-field astrophotography. Alex loves the challenge of time-lapse imaging of night sky because it shows the motion of celestial bodies in relation to the landscape and helps connect viewers with the night sky. Spending the night under the stars and then sharing it with the world is one of the biggest rewards for him.

Alex Cherney

Alex Cherney travels throughout Australia to photograph the most beautiful landscapes under the stars of the Milky Way and loves to connect ocean, land and sky in his work. His images and videos have been published in well-known astronomy magazines and books, and won prestigious Australian and international awards. Alex is an active member of Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society. He enjoys helping get people involved with astronomy at public and school viewing nights.







8.30pm: Join us  at 8:30pm when the lights are switched off, to witness the beauty of the night sky.

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