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Planetarium

Mobile Planetarium Shows

We have regular Monday shows At the Pier Cairns, when we are not booked for Major events.

The Planetarium is available for hire from 1/2 day to a full week. We conduct educational & entertaining shows suitable from Pre-School to Primary, High School, University.

Our shows are popular with Schools, shopping centres and as a unique attraction for special events. 

Night sky Secrets now has a brand new show "Phantom of the Universe" a spectacular show from the US National Laboratory in Berkley California on the Mysterious but all pervasive Dark Matter.

Contact Us if you would be interested in having the Mobile Planetarium at your Location

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The Mobile Planetarium is a 6 metre inflatable air-conditioned dome that is a travelling digital theatre that offers a Stellarium Show and digital theatre in surround vision and sound. The Dream Dome expands the planetarium principle into a totally new approach as a visual entertainment and mobile learning centre. The digital film covers the dome interior totally immersing you in the picture. With spectacular and amazing images zooming across the dome. The Dream Dome brings the excitement of a major theatre to almost any location. The films are Astronomy presentations which are both educational and entertaining with shows suitable for children and adults.

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Our Astronomy & Science Movies

Earths Wild Ride

"Across the Reaches of Space and Time"

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Imagine Earth were a distant place you once called home but could never visit again? What would you remember most about the planet, and how would you describe it to your grandchildren?

It is this scenario that sets the stage for "Earth's Wild Ride," a new movie that immerses audiences in a 3-D tour of Earth's history and natural wonders. Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, the movie opens with a grandfather and his grandchildren gazing out into space. As they watch the Moon's shadow move across Earth, the grandfather tells stories of crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. While learning about eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and differences between the Earth and Moon, the audience is taken on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava. Suitable for years 2+

Oasis In Space

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Oasis in Space, takes you on a startling and beautiful Journey through our Solar System and beyond, in search of water and waterworlds like Earth. Incorporating the latest astronomical research and exploration. Including data from robotic explorers.

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Capturing The Cosmos

Capturing the Cosmos is a marvellous visual piece that showcases cutting edge astronomical technology and highlights Australia’s contribution to unravelling the mysteries of the Universe. Having the show being distributed amongst the APS (fixed dome and portable) members enables a greater engagement and opportunity for the public to experience. It is surely going to be a hit!” says APS President Shane Hengst.

CAASTRO has a “big sky” approach to astronomy. It tackles the big questions in astronomy that can only be answered by observing as much of the southern sky as possible. It’s a wonderful fit for the planetarium, as we can immerse audiences into the grandness of the night sky and the richness of the data collected by CAASTRO astronomers.

SkyMapper, an automated telescope in northern New South Wales, is building a vast new catalogue of stars and galaxies that are millions of times fainter than the eye can see. Credit: Melbourne Planetarium/Alex Cherney

SkyMapper, an automated telescope in northern New South Wales, is building a vast new catalogue of stars and galaxies that are millions of times fainter than the eye can see. Credit: Melbourne Planetarium/Alex Cherney

The show focuses on two new and innovative Australian telescopes. One is the SkyMappertelescope in Siding Spring Observatory, NSW. This automated telescope is continually scanning the sky, detecting changes as distant objects rapidly brighten or fade away. The sky is a lot more dynamic than we can ever experience for ourselves. The show focuses on SkyMapper’s search for Type 1a supernovae that can help us better understand the mystery of dark energy.

The other telescope is the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a radio telescope located in Western Australia. Capturing the Cosmos reveals to the audience the radio sky that the MWA sees. Gone are the usual stars that fill the night sky and instead we see the Milky Way as a bright thin band of hot hydrogen gas, and the tiny dots scattered randomly across the sky are not stars, but distant galaxies. Their bright radio emission is a consequence of each galaxy’s central black hole. The MWA is one of the first telescopes that can peer into the very distant past and help us understand how the first stars and galaxies lit up the universe.

The Murchison Widefield Array beneath the radio sky that the MWA records, this radio telescope detects radio waves that are invisible to our eyes. Credit: Melbourne Planetarium / MWA GLEAM Team / Alex Cherney

The Murchison Widefield Array beneath the radio sky that the MWA records, this radio telescope detects radio waves that are invisible to our eyes.
Credit: Melbourne Planetarium / MWA GLEAM Team / Alex Cherney

Capturing the Cosmos shares the amazing developments that are happening within Australia as astronomers explore the universe from our beautiful southern sky. There are known mysteries that astronomers are working to solve, but these telescopes also have the potential to discover things that will lead to even further questions and mysteries. All-sky astrophysics is leading us towards discovering the true nature of the cosmos.

Stellarium

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Stellarium offers a curriculum-based Astronomy program that shows a realistic sky in 3D. Just like you would see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

These shows can be customised to meet you curriculum requirements.

* Minimum Requirements for Planetarium Setup:

  • Covered area, preferably a hall.
  • 10m Long x 7m Wide x 4.2m High (absolute minimums)
  • Air Conditioned Space Preferable
  • Sole use of the area to maintain show Audio & not unduly interfere with other activities.

If you are looking for an entertaining and educational activity for your School, Event or Function. Then the Mobile Planetarium from NightSkySecrets is just what you need.

Contact Us if you would be interested in having the Mobile Planetarium at your Location

Supporters:

BFI_200x200The British Fulldome Institute.

NightSkySecrets appreciates the support of the British Fulldome Institute & their promotion for a greater understanding of and access to fulldome (360˚) immersive film, this is a great addition to developing STEM outreach here in Australia.