Planetarium

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Macquarie University's Planetarium

Our state of the art Digitarium Epsilon planetarium projector system and portable 7-m GoDome is available, by arrangement, for groups of up to 50 people per session. The planetarium simulates the night sky exactly as it appears from Sydney, including special events such as the transit of Venus or an eclipse of the Sun. Come and be amazed by an up-close look at the motions of celestial objects, the surfaces of planets, deep sky objects, constellations and much more! You can take a tour of the local Solar System, peer into the depths of the galaxy, or watch amazing new planetarium movies. Presentations can be tailored to the interests and age of your group.

If you are a teacher or principal and interested in the planetarium coming to your school, please contact us at starinfo@mq.edu.au for a quote. The planetarium is a fantastic way to engage and interest students in science. We can also organise talks from our staff on topics of your choice.


Thursday Night Public Sessions

Public planetarium sessions are held on the first Thursday of every month, from March to November inclusive. We also run shows during the Summer break. These sessions will seat up to 50 people (a limited number of chairs will be available for those who are unable to sit on the carpeted floor). Unlike our on-campus Astronomical Observatory, these public planetarium sessions are not dependent on the weather, so will go ahead rain, hail or shine.

Bookings are essential. Please note that all tickets for admission are sold online prior to the session start; we do not accept cash at the door and cannot sells tickets at the event. Please visit our Eventbrite page to purchase a ticket. Tickets are available for Adults ($15), Children/Concession ($10), Children Under 5 (free), and Families ($45). All prices are inclusive of GST and valid as at July 2018.

You can find tickets and session times at macquarieplanetarium2018.eventbrite.com.au


MQ PlanetariumPresenters

Each show will be presented by an experienced member of the Association for Astronomy at Macquarie University.


How To Get Here

The portable Planetarium is located in the E7B Courtyard (click here for a map), on the Macquarie University campus.

Free parking is available in the N3 car park, where it is a short walk down the hill to building E7B. You must get a parking ticket, which is free for 2 hours and after 8pm.


Bookings for School and Scout Groups

We offer group rates for privately booked sessions for school and Scout groups, including free admission for up to three Scout leaders. We are able to tailor events so that Scouts of all levels and ages can learn what they need for their astronomy and space badges, and to capture the interest of school students of all ages. For more information, please visit our School and Scout page.

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