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 full-dome 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.
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.
Known as the Pleiades in many parts of the world, Māori knew this open star cluster as Matariki. Our planetarium show ‘Matariki Dawn’ tells three traditional Māori stories – The Creation Story, the story of Rona and Marama, story of Te Waka o Tama-rereti, and more!
Suitable for General Audience.
Phantom of the Universe
All we can see in the universe only makes up 5% of what exists; the remaining 95% is made up of Dark Matter. From the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery, Phantom of the Universe takes audiences on the Hunt for Dark Matter, from early discoveries by Fritz Zwicky and Vera Rubina, 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+
Dawn of the Space Age
Experience the exciting beginnings of space travel, from the start of Sputnik 1 to the landings on the Moon, and from the assembly of the International Space Station to the first private space flights.
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. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this award-winning historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps into space.
Produced by Mirage 3D.
Suitable for ages 9+
With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this multi-award-winning cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. A new planetary-wide perspective on climate change, discover the inner workings of Earth’s life support systems. From volcanoes to wind and ocean currents, learn about the carbon cycle and Earth’s natural defence systems to maintain balance and life as we know it.
Produced by Spitz Creative Media. Narrated by Liam Neeson.
Suitable for ages 11+
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 Rhian Sheehan.
Suitable for ages 7+
We are Astronomers
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. We are Astronomers 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.
Produced by NSC Creative. Narrated by David Tennant
Suitable for ages 9+
The exploration of space is the greatest endeavour that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut?
Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to manoeuvring through microscopic regions of the human body.
Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.
Narrated by Ewan McGregor.
When the seasons go crazy, it’s up to Annie and Max to set things right. But fixing this will take something extraordinary, and a little help. Come on a whirlwind adventure as the siblings learn just how the seasons work, and discover that sometimes, all we need is a new angle on the world.
Produced by Melbourne Planetarium Scienceworks, Museum Victoria.
Einstein’s Gravity Playlist
Einstein’s Gravity Playlist is an original planetarium show that explores the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves. Follow Lucia, a PhD student in physics, on an exploration of how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them. Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916, and a century later, scientists detected these waves using incredibly precise laser technology here on Earth.
The Sun, Our Living Star
The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. Discover the secrets of our star and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in this visually striking immersive full-dome format.
Suitable for General Audience.
Current Planetarium Schedule
Monday 20th July – Sunday 23rd August.
|10:15am||Family of the Sun||Family of the Sun|
|11am||Astronaut||We are Aliens|
|12pm||CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story||Tilt|
|1pm||Matariki Dawn||Dynamic Earth|
|2pm||Einstein’s Gravity Playlist||We are Astronomers|
|3pm||We are Aliens||Astronaut|
|4pm||Matariki Dawn||We are Astronomers||Mandarin Show: Astronaut|
|5pm||CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story|
|7pm||We are Astronomers|
|8pm||Phantom of the Universe|
|9pm||Mandarin Show: Dawn of the Space Age|