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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.

November 2019

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 1 ticket left
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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Kuki Koori | Inner Solar System Tour | Earth leg

December 8 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15
Kuki Koori

Kuki Koori is the brainchild of Iain Gordon (Fat Freddys Drop) and Mick Finn. Each performance is uniquely collaborative, with a visible and high-pressure creative process. Iain and his electronic instruments lay down a trail of hypnotic notes to be chased by Mick’s swirling and ephemeral dashes of painted light are projected large onto the circular theatre screen of the planetarium.   Space Place | Sunday 8th December | Doors open 8pm | 8:30PM - 10PM | Tickets $15 |…

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A Christmas Story (1983)

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15
A Christmas Story. Image of Santa and Ralphie Parker

Make no mistake, Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story is the coolest Christmas movie ever made. Though a seasonal staple on North American TV since its release in 1983, it is still hardly known down under for distribution reasons unknown. It’s set back when America was great - when all a 9-year-old innocent wants for Christmas is an air rifle! From this premise, the ho-ho-ho’s come thick and fast while it’s refreshingly free of customary Hallmark card sentiment.   Space Place…

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January 2020

Astronomy on Tap – January 7

January 7, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$42
Astronomy On Tap

Tuesday night out! There are so many puns we could put together on why you could have a drink and nibbles at Space Place...are there stars in your eyes, come join a stellar audience, what's written in the stars...OK we'll stop now. Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a night out getting amongst the stars with a date, mate, or flying solo. Enjoy a drink on arrival as part of entry and then sit back and relax…

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Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

January 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15
Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Pee Wee on the side of the road hitch hiking

Made just two years later than ‘A Christmas Story’, this is the sensational debut splash from fledgling genius Tim Burton. Also not widely in circulation in this part of the world since the VHS days, there may be a whole generation that has overlooked one of the celebrated director’s comic masterpieces, to say nothing of the hilarious adult wunderkind creation of Pee-Wee Herman himself.   Space Place | Sunday 26th January | 6.30 PM doors | 7PM start | $15…

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February 2020

Astronomy on Tap – February 4

February 4, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$42
Astronomy On Tap

Tuesday night out! There are so many puns we could put together on why you could have a drink and nibbles at Space Place...are there stars in your eyes, come join a stellar audience, what's written in the stars...OK we'll stop now. Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a night out getting amongst the stars with a date, mate, or flying solo. Enjoy a drink on arrival as part of entry and then sit back and relax…

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The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet (2013)

February 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$15
The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet

French visual virtuoso Jean-Pierre Jeunet (City of Lost Children, Amelie) directs this more recent English-language tale of a scientific wunderkind in the USA where it undeservingly fell through the commercial cracks. Time to discover this under seen gem – an extraordinary, unpredictable road movie that embellishes its rites-of-passage tale with enough dazzling visual flourishes to make ‘Hugo’ blush.   Space Place | Sunday 23rd February | 6.30 PM doors | 7PM start | $15 | Bookings recommended 

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March 2020

Astronomy on Tap – March 3

March 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$42
Astronomy On Tap

Tuesday night out! There are so many puns we could put together on why you could have a drink and nibbles at Space Place...are there stars in your eyes, come join a stellar audience, what's written in the stars...OK we'll stop now. Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a night out getting amongst the stars with a date, mate, or flying solo. Enjoy a drink on arrival as part of entry and then sit back and relax…

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April 2020

Astronomy on Tap – April 7

April 7, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$42
Astronomy On Tap

Tuesday night out! There are so many puns we could put together on why you could have a drink and nibbles at Space Place...are there stars in your eyes, come join a stellar audience, what's written in the stars...OK we'll stop now. Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a night out getting amongst the stars with a date, mate, or flying solo. Enjoy a drink on arrival as part of entry and then sit back and relax…

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May 2020

Astronomy on Tap – May 5

May 5, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$42
Astronomy On Tap

Tuesday night out! There are so many puns we could put together on why you could have a drink and nibbles at Space Place...are there stars in your eyes, come join a stellar audience, what's written in the stars...OK we'll stop now. Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a night out getting amongst the stars with a date, mate, or flying solo. Enjoy a drink on arrival as part of entry and then sit back and relax…

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June 2020

Astronomy on Tap – June 2

June 2, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road, Botanic Gardens
Wellington, New Zealand
$42
Astronomy on Tap

Tuesday night out! There are so many puns we could put together on why you could have a drink and nibbles at Space Place...are there stars in your eyes, come join a stellar audience, what's written in the stars...OK we'll stop now. Astronomy on Tap is the perfect way to spend a night out getting amongst the stars with a date, mate, or flying solo. Enjoy a drink on arrival as part of entry and then sit back and relax…

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