Discover the Night Sky Astronomy Classes

Carina Nebula in infrared light from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope
Carina Nebula in infrared light from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope
ESO/T. Preibisch

Over for 2014. Class will be available again 2015

Join the Planetarium’s Astronomer and discover some of the wonders of the universe. Explore a feature of Melbourne's night sky each evening, stargaze through telescopes (weather permitting) and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with cheese.

Evenings start promptly at 7:30pm. Bookings required. Book early to avoid missing out - last season sold out.

Thursday 31 July: Backyard Astronomy
It’s surprising how much there is to see in the night sky - planets, stars, comets, shooting stars and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look.

Thursday 7 August: Solar System Discoveries
Catch up on the latest news and discoveries from the spacecraft that are out and about exploring our Solar System.

Thursday 14 August: Colours of the Universe
The Universe is full of colours we can’t see. Peer through the eyes of the remarkable telescopes that help us discover the true depth of the Universe.

Thursday 21 August: Starlight - Premiere screening of the new planetarium show
We have watched the stars for thousands of years but how did we discover what they are? How they work? Why they change? The same stars we see shining in the night sky have inspired curiosity and wonder across all cultures and civilizations.


Dr Tanya Hill, Curator of Astronomy, Museum Victoria

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Deirdre Haberli 15 August, 2013 18:39
Hi, why I am hearing about August events starting in the beginning of August, being told they sell out quickly on the 15 August? A little heads up, some earlier knowledge would be appreciated. Not in the middle of the month.
Rod walker 26 August, 2013 19:10
Hi There, do you hold these night sessions in September?
MV Bookings 29 August, 2013 11:21


Discover the night sky is held twice yearly.

Generally dates are in March and August of every year.


Paula McLoughlin 2 March, 2014 11:49
will you be doing the discover the night sky astronomy classes again later in the year - really interested but can't make the Thursday's in March
MV Enquiries 4 March, 2014 13:41

Hi Paula, we try to offer Discover the Night Sky astronomy classes two times a year (March and August). Keep an eye on this page and we'll release the next set of dates nearer the time!

Lesley Smith 5 March, 2014 16:00
Can you please please please run a second "Travel the Universe" class. Absolutely gutted to have missed out!
Sarah 12 March, 2014 14:23
Me too! I'd have loved to have gone!
Zeena 12 March, 2014 14:28
I received this email today (12 March) and would have loved to see all the classes. Its ridiculous to send out the notice in the middle of the month!
nathan Black 13 March, 2014 20:36
To whom it may concern! I live on the Mornington Peninsula and would love to know the details and contacts of The Astronomy Society down their instead of going all the way to Museum Victoria. Thank You for Your time and hope to hear from You soon and have a great week ahead. Cheers and regards Nathan.
Rob F 20 March, 2014 18:49
Hi This looks like a decent series of lectures. But why are they run just twice per year? There is obviously demand for them. Why not run them more often? If like to go but just found out more. Also I've been to programmes here before and the facilities are great. But the shows can be a bit dumbed down (I mean the ones that are not aimed at kids). Why not have a serious of advanced lectures,for people who know a bit about space but don't have access to a telescope? I'd go!
Discovery Centre 19 April, 2014 14:37

Hi Rob,

Thanks for your feedback. We are continuously developing and tweaking our programming for people of all ages at Scienceworks – is fantastic to hear your feedback and incorporate into our review process.

Sabina lokic 26 March, 2014 15:01
Yeah u email us when they have already started. You should run them more often ad they sell out. Also mv members pay the same amount as non members for the 4 visit pass!
Dar 27 March, 2014 11:40
I would like more notice of events happening too. It's quite concerning that there is a demand for more & no explanation of why? I hope someone could enlighten us on this important enquiry.
Mad 29 April, 2014 09:12
Will there be any more night classes held in April/May/June?
MVBookings 29 April, 2014 15:06

Hi there,

Thanks for your enquiry.

We offer after-hours, adult events on Thursday nights in March and August.

For cub scout groups, we're offering two after-hours sessions on Friday 13th June. For more information about this event, please contact the Scienceworks Bookings & Enquiries Office on 9392 4819, 9am tp 5pm, seven days a week.


Noosha 15 May, 2014 00:20
Hi there, I have been to these classes and they are unbelievable! Loved every minute. As mentioned earlier by others, I would love if there were classes for adults more frequently - maybe once to twice a month? Considering most sessions you run in march & August sell out - there seems to be a need & want for it. Just a suggestion, I look forward to it but really wish there was something more regular I could sign up for. And some new topics between August and March would be great - these ones are repeated identically. Overall, love your work and want more! :)
a.j.t 16 May, 2014 16:22
I am going with my school to science works grade 4 on Monday 19 of may 2014 YAY
Zeljka 19 May, 2014 16:53
Is Thursday 13 March: Solar System Discoveries ok for children, my son is 4 & has just be introduced to the solar system & loves it what do you recommend ?
MV Enquiries 20 May, 2014 13:58

Hi Zeljka,

Solar System Discoveries will most likely be running again in August as we try to offer Discover the Night Sky classes two times a year. Discover the Night Sky classes are more adult orientated but we offer a range of planetarium shows during the day that are aimed at younger audiences. We would recommend Tycho to the Moon as the most suitable show for your 4 year old. Further information about costs and session times can be found at the following link:

Scott Richmond 26 May, 2014 18:10
Are the August Discover the Night Sky sessions still going to happen? I would also like to voice my disappointance at the lack of information about such an amazing sounding experience. Is there a mailing list or anything we can sign up to get news on this as it comes?
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Anusha 16 July, 2014 12:46
My daughter is six years old, what kind of shows will be interesting/suitable at her age? And would they be available during next school holidays
Luc 20 July, 2014 15:57
Car parking is available at $2 per day. What time does the car park close? Is parking available for evening sessions? E.g until after 10.30 pm on 31/7?
MVBookings 23 July, 2014 10:21

Hi Luc,

The $2 flat rate applies for use of the car park between the hours of 9am and 5pm. At any other time you should be able to park there free of charge.


James 21 July, 2014 09:39
Is this this same program from the past couple of years?
MVBookings 23 July, 2014 09:36

Hi James,

Colours of the Universe on 14th August debuted last year and the final show, Starlight, on 21st August is brand new.

We hope to see you at Discover the Night Sky.

Peter Wylie 29 July, 2014 16:05
Thankyou for offering these programs :) Looking forward to the experience.
Rachel Kennedy 31 July, 2014 22:50
Thanks Tanya and team for a great night at the Backyard Astronomy session tonight. What a great insight into our skies and the amazing world beyond them. Wine and cheese was a great way to finish off the evening! Looking forward to experiencing more sessions within the series.
Monika 4 August, 2014 10:55
Will the Thursday 21 August: Starlight - Premiere screening of the new planetarium show only be the show or will there be a lecture too ?
Michael 24 December, 2014 03:54
By the fact that you only make night viewing available twice a year you have ensured inaccessibility of astronomy to the general public. Im on holidays noe, not in March or August when its convenient to the Museum.
Denise 9 January, 2015 20:12
Hi there, I'd love to attend the next Discover the Night Sky course - do you have the 2015 dates yet?
MVBookings 12 January, 2015 10:40

Hi Denise,

The next Discover the night sky season is planned to be August.  Please visit our website in July (or sign up to Museum Victoria E-News - It's free!) for updates on exact dates.

Effie 20 January, 2015 13:52
Hi, just wondering if you have any films on auroras planned for near future?

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