Planetarium

Planetarium

A view into space

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 40 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.

School holiday public sessions

Public planetarium sessions are often held during the January and July school holidays. These sessions seat up to 40 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 are unable to accept cash at the door and cannot sells tickets at the event. A link will be included here when tickets and session times are released.

Bookings for school holiday and scout groups

The planetarium is a fantastic way to engage and interest students in science. We can organise talks from our staff on topics of your choice and offer a range of standard sessions for school and scout groups.

We can also tailor events so scouts of all levels and ages can learn what they need for their astronomy and space badges.

So if you are a teacher or principal and interested in the planetarium coming to your school or scout group, or for private bookings, off-site visits and tailored observatory, telescope and/or planetarium sessions, please complete this online form and a member of staff from the AfA will respond to your enquiry once they have had a chance to review the request.

For general enquiries you can contact us at starinfo@mq.edu.au for a quote. Note that costs for any private session will be determined based on complexity, duration, group size, equipment and staff required.

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