Our Living Climate

Our Living Climate
Our Living Climate
Source: Museum Victoria

Explore the science of Earth’s amazing climate.

Come face to face with the upheavals that have shaped our planet. Extinction events and ice ages of the past, give way to the industrial revolution and man-made climate change of today, in this dramatic exploration of Earth’s climate history.

Documentary for ages 10 and up.

Produced by Melbourne Planetarium.


Event Type: Planetarium Show

Melbourne Planetarium

Planetarium only
Adults, Concession and Children (3 - 16 years) $6.00
Museum Members $4.00

Planetarium + Lightning Room
Adults, Concession and Children (3 - 16 years) $10.00
Museum Members $6.00

Bookings recommended especially on weekends, school holidays and public holidays. Phone 13 11 02

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Jasmine 17 October, 2010 17:06
hi my name is Jasmine. Today I went to Science Works. It was great. After I looked at everything I went to the Planetarium to see 'Our Living Climate.' that was ineresting. From Jasmine
Sandra 27 October, 2010 15:57
Are you able to provide catering for a group of children?I am wondering whether I can have my daughter's birthday party at scienceworks/ the planetarium, where we can watch the show and visit scienceworks and the children can have something to eat as well. This would be a much more educative way to spend a 6 year old's birthday. Can you advise?
Discovery Centre 30 October, 2010 11:52

Hi Sandra,

Scienceworks can offer catering for an hour in a private room, but does not offer a supervised party within the museum space - when the guests are in the museum they are treated as normal visitors.

Check our online venue hire & events at Scienceworks information.

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lawrie 15 January, 2011 12:41
I have lived through a cooling phase and a warming phase and am a keen student of past climate changes. Current conditions don't appear much different from past occurrences. How can you be so sure current conditions are not part of the natural cycle which has controlled our climate for four billion years?
Discovery Centre 31 January, 2011 16:27

It is true that climate has always changed. Over the long term (and by that we mean thousands or millions of years) the climate on Earth has changed dramatically. We know that over millions of years the global position of the continents and oceans has influenced the climate by changing ocean circulation and the build up of ice at the poles. Other natural variations in climate occur due to variations in how much energy is emitted by the sun, the earth’s wobble (Milankovitch cycles)and major volcanic eruptions that throw up dust. The past million years have generally seen a series of changes from ice ages to warm periods about every 100 000 years.

But there is no record of temperature ever having increased as rapidly as it has over the past 100 years. Climate change due to human activities is working on top of the natural fluctuations. On an annual scale, human-induced climate change is beginning to dwarf the natural variations.

For a summary of the observations of climate scientists around the world please refer to the IPCC website.


Malcolm 5 August, 2011 16:38
Oh Lawrie. Must we? The absurd squabbling over the science of climate change will be considered one of contemporary society's great failings — not just to itself, but to the future societies who observe us through the lens of history. And possibly from a very polluted, very depleted world. Your comment has a certain 'common sense' tone, so let me ask you: does it seem like common sense that we, six billion humans and growing, can continue to incinerate and/or bury all our non-recycled (as distinct from non-recyclable - such a small proportion makes it back into the loop) waste, burning oil to propel machines 10 times heavier than our own bodies around our cities and countries, using electricity without regard for its generation (which typically happens through the burning of coal) and generally creating, buying and disposing of far more than we actually need?
shierly 28 February, 2011 01:20
hi, i'm thinking about bring my 2.5 y.o. daughter to the planetarium, since she seem to be really fascinated with the stars and moon. is the show set like going to the movies, or just like museum exhibit where people can come and go at anytime? can you recommend it for under children under 3? thank you.
Discovery Centre 8 March, 2011 12:30
Hi Shierly, thanks for the question. We have fixed times for our different 45minute shows in the planetarium. Each includes a recorded movie plus a live night sky talk showing what’s visible in the evening. We also have some exhibits to enjoy in the foyer. We recommend “Tycho to the Moon” for very young families. It’s available at weekends on Saturdays 1pm and Sundays 12noon. Planetarium shows are extra to Scienceworks admission. You can buy in advance on-line via our website, or as you arrive although we suggest you arrive early to avoid missing out as shows can sometimes sell out.
Kieran 27 September, 2011 08:51
Great documentary, gave a lot of perspective to the whole climate change debate. While a lot of the data was not new to me, the way it was presented was quite excellent. Thanks for the show, first time in MP, but I was very impressed with the projection system.
Elizabeth Harvey 4 October, 2011 20:24
Very informative, thought provoking, excellent images. very well presented.
Olivia 7 October, 2011 16:30
Hi, i was wonering if you could tell me when Jupiter is going to come out at night, could you please let me know the date, time and the day. thank-you for all of your help Olivia
Discovery Centre 9 October, 2011 12:32

Hi Olivia - information like this is published in our monthly online newletter called Skynotes which will give a summary of the planets, constellations and other astronomical details specific to Victoria for the coming month. For detailed, specific planetary information, use the link on this page to go to the Heavens Above website, which can be set us to provide very specific information on the planets and contellations as well as satellites and the like.

Hope this helps

ALLY 20 October, 2011 12:53
Alannah 20 October, 2011 13:13
YAY i am so happy i am going to the planetariun
Kerry 30 March, 2012 11:46
I have a small group of 15 yr old students who would like to see a presentation on the night sky,especially the moon. Does this exist any more/ Also what will be happening in Term 2?
Discovery Centre 4 April, 2012 14:30

Hi Kerry, the next "Discover the Night Sky" series will be in August, it occurs every Thursday evening and bookings will open in June/July 2012. For information about the education programs available, please contact the Scienceworks Bookings and Enquiries Team who will be able to assist you with school bookings.

Jess 26 April, 2013 16:47
Hi, just wondering if you have any shows or programs on other planets in the solar system and future human exploration in space? Thanks!
Discovery Centre 27 April, 2013 11:09

Hi Jess,

Our Living Climate is one of four shows currently running at the Planetarium - the others are called Tilt, Tycho to the Moon, and Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown.

You might also be interested in our Discover the Night Sky program that will be running in August 2013.

Milly 28 March, 2014 22:45
just wondering is this will continue to be shown throughout the holidays? thanks
MV Customer Contact Centre 29 March, 2014 12:24

Hi Milly,

Our Living Climate will be screening daily at 3pm during the upcoming autumn school holidays (5 April - 21 April 2014). We recommend pre-purchasing your tickets online here or by calling 13 11 02.