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
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
Saturday 1 & 6pm
Explore the spectacular star cluster known as Matariki, and learn about its importance to our culture, our calendar, and our astronomical knowledge of the night sky. Includes two animated Māori stories – the tale of Rangi and Papa and the legend of Rona and the Moon.
Tuesdays & Fridays 6pm
Saturdays 12pm & 5pm
Phantom of the Universe
Phantom of the Universe takes audiences on an immersive journey to join scientists in the hunt for Dark Matter.
Narrated by Tilda Swinton.
We are Stars
Do you ever wonder how the universe was created? Roll up and experience the Big Bang, find out how atoms are made and discover the shared origin between planets, stars and you!
A Production of NSC Creative
*On the first Tuesday of each month we host Astronomy on Tap, therefore our regular show is unavailable.
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.
Dynamic Earth Produced by Spitz Creative Media
Explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. Ride along on a swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face to face with sharks and gigantic whales and fly into erupting volcanoes.
*On the first Tuesday of each month we host Astronomy on Tap, therefore this show is unavailable.
Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, Bella Gaia is a stunning journey through dance and music, accompanied by breath-taking NASA images of our beautiful planet.
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. Recommended for our youngest visitors/under 6s.*
Produced by Space Place at Carter Observatory
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. Narrated by Rupert Grint, We are Aliens! is from the creators of the award-winning “We Are Astronomers” and “Astronaut” with music by Rhian Sheehan.
Friday 10pm (In Mandarin)
Dinosaurs at Dusk
Travel back in time with Lucy and her father to discover the origins of flights and experience first-hand the cataclysmic “last day” of the dinosaurs. Recommended for our younger visitors. View trailer
Produced by Mirage 3D
We are Astronomers
We Are Astronomers A Production of NSC Creative
Today’s astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. Learn about the global collaboration, technology and dedication required in astronomy today, and how astronomers work together to answer some of the biggest questions in the Universe.
Sunday 5pm (In Mandarin)
Current Planetarium Schedule
|10:15am||Family of the Sun||Family of the Sun|
|11am||We Are Stars||We Are Aliens|
|12pm||Matariki Dawn||CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story|
|1pm||CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story||Dinosaurs at Dusk|
|2pm||Dinosaurs at Dusk||Matariki Dawn|
|3pm||We Are Aliens||We Are Stars|
|4pm||Dynamic Earth||Phantom of the Universe|
|5pm||We Are Astronomers||CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story||Matariki Dawn||《追星先锋》 We Are Astronomers, Mandarin show|
|6pm||Matariki Dawn||Matariki Dawn||CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story|
|7pm||CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story||We Are Stars||Bella Gaia|
|8pm||We Are Stars*||Phantom of the Universe||We Are Astronomers|
|9pm||Dynamic Earth*||Dawn of the Space Age||Phantom of the Universe|
|10pm||《我们都是外星人！》 We Are Aliens, Mandarin Show|