Brisbane Planetarium

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Forming part of Brisbane Botanic Gardens in Mt Coot-tha, the Sir Thomas Brisbane planetarium is a mind-opening experience for young and old alike.

The planetarium has many facilities, including a cosmic skydome, display zone, mini theatre, observatory, and, for those who want a memento of their recent exploration, a planetarium shop. Opened in 1978, the planetarium was Queensland’s first.

It was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, who was governor of New South Wales during the 1820s and played an important role in Queensland’s link to astronomy by establishing the first notable observatory and producing the Brisbane Catalogue of (7,385) Stars. The skydome will suck its audience into the cosmos with its educational and thoroughly entertaining shows.

Brisbane Planetarium

Brisbane Planetarium located at Mt Coot-tha

With Australia’s first digital, high-resolution full-dome projection system recently installed in early 2010, the planetarium treats you to a state of the art experience. Visit the display zone for a chance to see images from the Hubble space telescope as well as the chance to immerse yourself in the fascinating displays. From here, you can see outer-space artefacts, including fragments from asteroids—truly awe-inspiring for the hidden want-to-be-astronaut within.

Your new found information can be supplemented with the feature shows shown in the mini theatre. Contact the planetarium to arrange a visit to the observatory for a demonstration of its telescopes, available on selected Saturday evenings, subject to weather conditions. This is a magical experience, but note that visitors must be 150cm in height in order to utilise the telescope. As with most planetariums, there is a regularly changing schedule of events covering a range of age interests.

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