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Capturing the Cosmos

In a first for the APS, the new Australian planetarium show Capturing the Cosmos, will be released nationally in fixed planetarium domes around Australia, from Monday, March 21. This has been made possible through a partnership between Melbourne Planetarium and … Continue reading

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Dazzled by the bright Southern Lights

The past week saw a fantastic treat for aurora watchers. Generally it is the southern part of the country, Tasmania in particular, that sees the most impressive displays. But this aurora has been so intense that it was even seen … Continue reading

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Dawn eases into orbit around Ceres

When NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is captured into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday, March 6, there will be no fanfare in mission control. In fact, the spacecraft won’t even be in radio contact. There’s no need, because Dawn’s … Continue reading

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Total Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse will be visible from across Australia on October 8. The eclipse occurs during the early evening and a number of planetariums and observatories around the country will be hosting events. It’s a great chance to share … Continue reading

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ESO’s Director General visits Australia

This week, Australia welcomes Professor Tim de Zeeuw, Director General of the European Southern Observatory, who will visit various astronomy centres around the country to speak to research astronomers regarding ESO’s current research program and consider perspectives for the coming … Continue reading

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APS – Make an alien competition

Members of APS have arrived in Melbourne and are enjoying getting together to share ideas and network. A highlight already, is the inaugral APS competition – inspired by the British Association of Planetariums conference. Our President, Warik Lawrance, tasked teams … Continue reading

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APS 2014 – Grigoryan Brothers perform Natural Satellite

As a special treat to open APS 2014, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are back at the Melbourne Planetarium for an encore performance of the astronomy-inspired guitar duet Natural Satellite. The event will be held at the Melbourne Planetarium at 8pm, … Continue reading

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Imiloa Film Festival – Best of Awards

The Imiloa Film Festival has just finished – three great days of planetarium shows and fantastic conversations. Twenty-six shows were screened in total and the following four shows were awarded the best of the best. Best Visuals – The Life … Continue reading

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DigitalSky Academy – Imiloa, Hawaii

Earlier this week, I attended a fantastic two day DigitialSky Academy, here in beautiful Hawaii. It was just a small group of us, led by Martin Ratcliffe from Skyskan and consisting of the team from Fiske Planetarium – Matt, Chris, … Continue reading

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Wambelong Fire (Coonabarabran)

Like me, I’m sure many of you have also been following the fire that went through Siding Spring Observatory and surrounds. It was particularly tough knowing it was almost 10 years ago to the day, that fires destroyed the Mt … Continue reading

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