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Space Place at Carter Observatory

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40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
04 910 3140 www.museumswellington.org.nz

Space Place is housed in Carter Observatory, New Zealand’s longest-serving national observatory. The Observatory is named after Charles Rooking Carter, an English immigrant who gifted £2,240 from his estate to the Royal Society of New Zealand. It was his wish that the money be used to establish an astronomical observatory in Wellington for the benefit of the people of New Zealand. Parliament established Carter Observatory in 1937 and it opened its doors in 1941. Carter became a base for astronomical research in New Zealand. Work began with solar investigations and when new staff joined during the 1970s, it expanded to include variable stars, galaxies and asteroids. Carter Observatory became New Zealand’s National Observatory in 1977. In 2005, a government report recommended that Carter Observatory be transformed into a world-class visitor attraction, paving the way for Space Place.

September 2019

Sci Fi Sundays: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15
Sci Fi Sundays: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

A remake of a bona fide sci-fi classic from the 1950’s that updates the premise for a more savvy and cynical 1970’s audience this is a jewel of a science-fiction thriller that ranks among the very best. Possessed with a strong allegorical layer, famously read as capitalism vs. communism, this version can be equally savoured through the elegance of its production and paranoiafueled suspense. Space Place | Sunday 29 September | 7pm | Tickets $15 | Bookings Recommended

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October 2019

Astronomy on Tap – October 1

October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$39
Astronomy on Tap

The first Tuesday of every month, Space Place invites you for evening drinks and discourse about the universe with Senior Science Communicator Haritina Mogosanu. From updates on what's happening in the night sky to the newest discoveries in our solar system, Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a relaxing evening learning the secrets of the universe  with a community of space-minded aficionados.   Space Place/ 8PM/ Each Event: $39--ticket price includes refreshments and one drink upon arrival/ Cash…

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Space Place School Holiday Programme – Monday 7 October

October 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$30
Space Place Spring School Holidays

This is an opportunity to engage your children with the skies above and what lies beyond Earth. With a little knowledge and the stars above they will no longer have any reason to be bored and can take their new knowledge to play outside. Let us take them into space like they have never experienced before! Suitable for 7-12 year olds. Kids should bring their own morning tea and drink bottle. We do not recommend booking for both sessions as…

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Space Place School Holiday Programme – Tuesday 8 October

October 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$30
Space Place Spring School Holidays

This is an opportunity to engage your children with the skies above and what lies beyond Earth. With a little knowledge and the stars above they will no longer have any reason to be bored and can take their new knowledge to play outside. Let us take them into space like they have never experienced before! Suitable for 7-12 year olds. Kids should bring their own morning tea and drink bottle. We do not recommend booking for both sessions as…

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Sci Fi Sundays: Night of the Comet (1984)

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15
Night of the Comet

A 1980’s artifact with a capital A, this tongue-in-cheek apocalyptic romp is a hidden gem from the year of Orwellian prophecy. As a retro-fun primer for Halloween, it ticks all the boxes: Plucky female hero with a perm? Tick. Mulletpop Soundtrack? Check. Influence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer? You betcha. So don’t wait for the dubious remake that is apparently in the works! Presented in partnership with Aro Video. Space Place | Sunday 27 October | 7pm | Tickets $15…

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November 2019

Stargazing 101

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - December 2 @ 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$125
Stargazing 101

Wellington as a capital city has a remarkably low level of light pollution meaning we can see plenty (but not too much) in our night skies. We would like to become the capital city which knows its skies. This five week course supports participants to learn and understand the night sky they are seeing, and get basic orientation skills. No experience necessary. Sessions stand alone. Suitable for age 12 and up. Space Place | Mondays from 4 November - 2…

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Astronomy on Tap – November 5

November 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$39
Astronomy on Tap

The first Tuesday of every month, Space Place invites you for evening drinks and discourse about the universe with Senior Science Communicator Haritina Mogosanu. From updates on what's happening in the night sky to the newest discoveries in our solar system, Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a relaxing evening learning the secrets of the universe  with a community of space-minded aficionados.   Space Place/ 8PM/ Each Event: $39--ticket price includes refreshments and one drink upon arrival/ Cash…

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Sci Fi Sundays: Tremors (1990)

November 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15
Sci Fi Sundays: Tremors

Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward star in this pitchperfect Creature Feature that finds that sweet spot between comedy and horror with a character-driven script and first-rate special FX. Family-friendly, and better for it, this was monster hit on VHS video back in the day, but here’s a rare chance to see, hear and feel the earth move on the big screen. Space Place | Sunday 24 November | 7pm | Tickets $15 | Bookings Recommended

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December 2019

Astronomy on Tap – December 3

December 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$39
Astronomy on Tap

The first Tuesday of every month, Space Place invites you for evening drinks and discourse about the universe with Senior Science Communicator Haritina Mogosanu. From updates on what's happening in the night sky to the newest discoveries in our solar system, Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a relaxing evening learning the secrets of the universe  with a community of space-minded aficionados.   Space Place/ 8PM/ Each Event: $39--ticket price includes refreshments and one drink upon arrival/ Cash…

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