Cosmic Skydome Shows at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
Last financial year, over 130,000 people visited the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and it’s easy to see why. With its interesting exhibits, interactive displays, fun and educational shows, observatory and more, the Planetarium is always a hit for families and kids!
One of the most engaging and exciting things to do at the Planetarium is to see a show in the awe-inspiring Cosmic Skydome. Kids and adults alike will be blown away by this unique experience, with a show to suit and entertain everyone!
Cosmic Skydome – General Information
As part of the Brisbane Planetarium’s refurbishment in 2013, a new digital and optical planetarium projection technology was installed along with a new special-purpose projection dome. All of this enables stunning fulldome, immersive space shows and realistic recreations of Brisbane’s night sky. So you can lie back and take in the wonder of the Universe all around you. School groups can also experience a wide range of demonstrations related to the Solar System and beyond, as part of the Australian School Curriculum and the Big History used by some schools.
The Cosmic Skydome also makes for a unique experience, with a range of fascinating shows projected onto the dome so that it seems like you’re immersed in a virtual reality universe.
Now Showing in the Cosmic Skydome
There are Cosmic Skydome shows to suit and interest everyone at the Planetarium. More shows are being added during 2017. These include:
General Admission Shows at the Cosmic Skydome –
(These shows are not recommended for children under six years of age.)
- Capturing the Cosmos (new show) — ‘Capturing the Cosmos’ delves into ‘all-sky’ astronomy by exploring the early universe and the forces that have shaped it over time.
- Cosmic Collisions — ‘Cosmic Collisions’ is a show about cosmic collisions and how they drive the growth and evolution of the Universe.
- Dark Universe — ‘Dark Universe’ will teach you about dark matter and dark energy, as well as other amazing advances in our knowledge of the Universe and its future.
- Moons: Worlds of Mystery — This is a show about the incredible diversity of moons in our solar system. (Watch the Moons: Worlds of Mystery trailer on YouTube.)
- Saturday Night ‘Live’ — A very popular ‘live’, virtual exploration of space led by the Planetarium’s astronomers, which begins on our home planet and then explores parts of the Solar System, the Milky Way galaxy and beyond.
- Starlight — ‘Starlight’ takes you on a journey of discovery about constellations, ancient cultures and the lives of stars.
- The Search for Life: Are We Alone? — Exploring the possibility of the other forms of life existing elsewhere in the universe.
Shows for children in the Cosmic Skydome –
- Perfect Little Planet — Best for kids from 5 years’ old, ‘Perfect Little Planet’ follows a family of aliens visiting our solar system on holiday. (Watch the Perfect Little Planet trailer on YouTube.)
- Tycho to the Moon — Suitable for kids from 3 years’ old, this show is about a dog who gets to blast off into space and bounce around on the moon.
- Secret of the Dragon — Best for kids aged 5 to 8, ‘Secret of the Dragon’ is about two children who take a magical dragon ride to explore the Universe. (Shown during school holidays.)
NOTE: Current shows may vary, so please visit brisbane.qld.gov.au to check what exciting features are currently showing.
What is it like to see a Skydome show?
Going to see a show at the Cosmic Skydome is a unique and fun activity. The shows are usually divided into two parts. First, you watch your chosen immersive, fulldome show. This can be anything from cute animated features for younger kids, to interesting entertaining features on a wide range of subjects for older kids and adults. The shows feature amazing visualisations and are really engaging, especially as you can see the action on the special dome above you!
Each show lasts from 25 minutes (for the shows for younger kids) to 45 minutes for older kids, which is a great length of time to keep kids interested and entertained.
After each main show in the Cosmic Skydome, there is a Night Sky Tour. This is a great presentation in which the stars, constellations and planets are projected onto the huge dome. The presenter helps the audience to identify the major interesting features and helps everyone to appreciate what is above them in the current Brisbane night sky. Then you can go outside that night or on the following evenings and easily spot in real life all the things you have learned about.
How to book a show at the Cosmic Skydome in Brisbane
Presentations in the Cosmic Skydome run from Tuesday to Sunday. It is recommended to book tickets in advance as these shows are very popular, especially during holidays.
You can visit brisbane.qld.gov.au to see all upcoming shows and times and book by phoning the Booking Office on 07 3403 2578.
Other attractions at the Sit Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
As well as the Cosmic Skydome, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium has many other attractions to engage, entertain and educate visitors, including:
- Display Zone
- Mini Theatre
- Galaxy Gift Shop
- Sundial Courtyard
The free Display Zone features many interesting displays all year round, including models of spacecraft, interesting artifacts and even a full-size reproduction of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit. There’s a gallery showing the Solar System and the Milky Way. Many displays are at lower height so that younger children can enjoy them. There’s also a FREE Mini Theatre showing short feature shows. The Observatory is used for demonstrations for most of the year and you can book to attend on certain Saturday evenings. There’s even a great Gift Shop with lots of educational and inspirational gifts and keepsakes.
Located in the Mt Coot-tha Precinct, there are also other great attractions nearby, with the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha and the Mt Coot-tha Lookout being key highlights. There are also eateries at each so you can grab an ice cream or meal and enjoy a full day out!
Visiting the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is located within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong.
The Planetarium is open:
- Tuesday to Friday: 10am-4pm
- Saturday: 11am-8.15pm
- Sunday: 11am-4pm
- (Closed Mondays and most public holidays)