There's nothing like watching a film at the planetarium, but it's something most of us don't do all that often. Daytime sessions cater to school groups, and the Melbourne International Film Festival's fulldome program only comes around once a year. Thankfully, Scienceworks' new late-night series is about to change that.
Every Friday evening, once the planetarium's usual working day is done, adults can have fun in its impressive space. That means sitting in the reclining chairs, looking up at the 16-metre domed ceiling, listening to the 7.1 surround sound system and soaking in the best the full-dome video projection system has to offer, including a journey through bright coral reefs in Coral Redkindling Venus, peering into the cosmos thanks to Starlight, and watching a symphonic combination of images and music in Chaos & Order.
Alien invasions, dives through black holes and more are also on the Planetarium Nights bill, as is a What's In The Sky Tonight tour through the night sky by Museums Victoria astronomer Dr Tanya Hill. The latter forms part of the 7.30pm sessions, which focus on astronomy, while the 9pm timeslot is all about mind-bending blends of science and art. Making things even better is the fact that the whole thing is booze-friendly, so you can grab a drink from the bar, take it into the auditorium and sip while you watch.