Space Place is home to a state of the art Sky-Skan digital fulldome planetarium system hosting a range of planetarium movies for every age.
Space Place is home to a state of the art Sky-Skan digital fulldome planetarium system hosting a range of planetarium movies for every age. Each film (except Matariki Dawn and Family of the Sun) also has a 15 minute live Night’s Sky presentation, so visitors can get to know their night skies.
Scroll down for our current planetarium show schedule.
Click the plus sign (+) next to the movie title for summaries and trailers.
CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story
From the creators of ‘We Are Stars’ comes an award-winning immersive full-dome documentary experience that showcases mankind’s evolution in space exploration. 50 Years ago, the Apollo 11 astronauts risked everything to set foot on the moon. Discover the story of bravery, determination, ingenuity and hope which will inspire the next generation of explorers and dreamers to overcome obstacles and reach for the stars. Produced NSC Creative. Music by acclaimed New Zealand composer Rhian Sheehan. Suitable for General Audience.
Known as the Pleiades in many parts of the world, this spectacular star cluster is called Matariki in New Zealand and marks the New Year on the Māori calendar. Matariki Dawn tells Māori myths of Tāwhirimātea, the legend of Rona and the Moon, and the story of Te Waka o Tamarēreti, in three animated stories.
Suitable for General Audience.
Phantom of the Universe
Phantom of the Universe takes audiences on the Hunt for Dark Matter, from early discoveries by Fritz Zwicky and Vera Rubin, to recent experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The show journeys across space, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound; and plummets deep underground on Earth to see the most sensitive Dark Matter detector. Narrated by Tilda Swinton, Phantom of the Universe is an exciting exploration of Dark Matter. Suitable for ages 13+.
We are Stars
“We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself” – Carl Sagan
Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins in this immersive science documentary. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of atoms to the synthesis of the molecules for life. Complex scientific concepts are made accessible to all ages by using stylised and fun visualisations. Produced by NSC Creative. Narrated by Andy Serkis, with music by Wellington’s Rhian Sheehan. Suitable for ages 6+.
Dawn of the Space Age
From Sputnik to the Apollo missions, Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit of Earth to Neil Armstrong’s ‘one giant leap,’ Dawn of the Space Age tells the story of bravery, risk, ingenuity, and the indomitable human spirit that propelled humanity to reach for the stars and dream of the future.
Suitable for ages 9+.
With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this multi-award-winning cutting-edge production looks at the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and a gigantic whale, and fly into roiling volcanoes. The film explains climate for what it is – an exchange of energy – and puts climate change into a planetary context.
Produced by Spitz Creative Media. Narrated by Liam Neeson.
Suitable for ages 11+.
Bella Gaia is an unprecedented NASA-powered immersive experience, inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space. Illuminating the beauty of the planet both natural and cultural (Bella), and the interconnectedness of all things on Earth (Gaia), this poetic musical journey features astounding NASA visualizations of science data and enveloping scenery from around the world, including ancient Egyptian tombs, Indian rituals, cherry blossoms, and Tokyo and New York city scenes. Music composed by Kenji Williams. Suitable for General Audience.
Family of The Sun
Space Place’s very own sing-along Planetarium show in both English and Te Reo Māori is a mix of science and Māori storytelling. Come see how the Moon orbits the Earth, and follow Pluto through the Solar System as she tries to find her way back home. Produced by Space Place at Carter Observatory. Suitable for under 6s
We are Aliens
If there really are aliens out there, why haven’t we met any yet? Take a fascinating journey to find evidence of alien life in our galaxy and understand the latest research into this fast-evolving area of science, guided by UK scientists. From the creators of the award-winning, ‘We Are Astronomers’, We Are Aliens! takes viewers on an epic ride in the hunt for evidence of alien life. Produced by NSC Creative. Narrated by Rupert Grint, with music by acclaimed New Zealand composer Rhian Sheehan.
Suitable for ages 7+.
Dinosaurs at Dusk
Dinosaurs at Dusk is a film about the history of flight told in a whirlwind time travel adventure back to the epoch of the Dinosaurs. Join Lucy and her father as they journey back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. As they navigate from continent to continent, they soar through wide-open canyons, sail over tumultuous oceans, hike through tropical rain forests, climb large ice cliffs, parachute into vast sinkholes; all the while chasing – and sometimes running away from – all manner of Dinosaurs. And when time runs out, they experience first-hand the cataclysmic “last day” of the dinosaurs.
Learn about the phenomenon of continental drift, proper motion of stars, asteroids and impacts, extinctions and the convergent development of flight among species. Produced by Mirage 3D. Soundtrack composed by Mark Slater.
Suitable for ages 9+
We are Astronomers
Today’s astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. We are Astronomers is an award-winning documentary that reveals the global collaboration and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe using technologies such as the Large Hadron Collider, the observatories of Chile, and the Hubble Space Telescope. From the makers of “We Are Stars” and “We Are Aliens!”.
Produced by NSC Creative. Narrated by David Tennant.
Suitable for ages 9+.
Current Planetarium Schedule
|10:15am||Family of the Sun||Family of the Sun|
|11am||CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story||We Are Stars|
|12pm||We are Stars||Matariki Daw|
|1pm||Dynamic Earth||Dinosaurs at Dusk|
|2pm||Dinosaurs at Dusk||We are Aliens|
|3pm||Dawn of the Space Age||CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story|
|4pm||Matariki Dawn||We are Astronomers|
|5pm||Matariki Dawn||Bella Gaia||Dinosaurs at Dusk, Mandarin Show|
|6pm||We are Aliens|
|7pm||We Are Stars|
|8pm||Phantom of the Universe|
|9pm||Dynamic Earth, Mandarin Show|