Imagine a place where time stand stills and the known laws of physics don’t apply.
Imagine a place where the universal order breaks down and where the unimaginable becomes reality; welcome to the world of Black Holes.
Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Geoffrey Rush, this Planetarium show brings to life all that is fascinating and extreme in the world of black holes. What makes a black hole? How do we find them? Would you survive falling into one?
Discover what science has taught us about these most bizarre creations. Follow their story from an extraordinary idea of the late 18th century through to their unexpected detection almost 200 years later.
Black holes - no longer the stuff of science fiction, their discovery has been a triumph of modern science. An incredible journey from imagination to reality.
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Hi Kiki, Black Holes is not running for Autumn Holidays, which start end of this week, but it will return as a weekend show from Sat 30 April and run every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm until the Winter Holidays that begin Saturday 2 July.
Hi Matt, the book is called “Gateway” by Frederik Pohl.
Hi Amali, Black Holes is not scheduled again until the Summer Holidays (starting Boxing Day) when it will run every day at 3pm until the holidays ends and schools resume for 2012. Incidentally, the new animated show Tilt is scheduled for the summer holidays as well. It replaces Spinning Out which is being retired.
Hi Kathryn, Black Holes will be on every day for the Summer Holidays (starting Boxing day). Escape From Andraxus, is suitable for adults and is on every day of the spring school holidays. It covers the life cycle of stars. A new show, called Tilt, which covers seasons, is expected to open this summer. Our award-winning show Our Living Climate, examines the relationship between climate and life on Earth and is on every day of the week.
In March we'll be running our very popular Discover the Night Sky sessions: five topics over five Thursdays evenings with astronomer Dr Tanya Hill, plus telescope viewing (weather permitting). Phone or on-line bookings will open in February 2012.
Yes, Black Holes is showing with Tempus.ruhr on Feb 10th and 24th both at 7:30pm. Check the following : http://museumvictoria.com.au/planetarium/whatson/fulldome-fridays/
Hi Wayne, the novel was “Gateway” written by Frederick Pohl in 1976 and still in print. Most recently published by Gollancz UK in 2010 as part of their Science Fiction Masterworks series.
We are sorry that you had this experience. If you visited on the long weekend, an extra show was put on however this also sold out. The Scienceworks website does have a 'Check Latest Availability' function where ticket sales are shown as available, selling or sold out for the Planetarium, Lightning Room and the Wallace & Gromit exhibition. Hopefully this will be of assistance to visitors for future shows.
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Hi Jeremy, Thanks for your enquiry. If you'd like to give the Scienceworks Bookings & Enquiries team a call on 9392 4819 and they'd be happy to give you some more information about the age ranges for each Planetarium show.
Hi Elisha, Perhaps “Escape from Andraxus” would interest your children if they’ve not seen it? It’s semi-documentary and covers the life cycle of stars and stellar evolution. It currently runs Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.
An alternative is Swinburne University’s public astronomy shows in their virtual reality theatre at their Hawthorn Campus. They run during school holidays. See this link for details: http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/outreach/?topic=public
To find the upcoming shows for the Planetarium, please click here.
Select ‘Planetarium’ - (Please note that if you are interested in visiting the Carnival of Science or the Lightning Room, you need to select the appropriate combination tickets at this step)
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Then select the day you are interested in.
If you are interested in booking your ticket, follow the rest of the prompts on the ticket buying web application.
'Black Holes – Journey into the Unknown' will be returning to the Planetarium every weekend from the 17th April to 28th June. Session times will be available close to the dates.
For older children and adults we would suggest Starlight or Our Living Climate in the lead up to Christmas. You can check session times and book online or by calling 13 11 02. Both shows include 'What's In The Sky Tonight' and run for approximately 45 minutes.
Black Holes is not scheduled for the foreseeable future. Our What's On page indicates which Planetarium shows are running for the time period specified.
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