Poster for 'Starlight'
Poster for 'Starlight'
Source: Museum Victoria

Uncover the mysteries of the stars in this planetarium show.

For thousands of years we have looked to the stars at night in wonder and awe. Their mysteries have inspired curiosity across all cultures and civilisations.

Narrated by multi-award winning Australian actress, Sigrid Thornton, Starlight is told through the eyes of Margaret, as she steps back in time to relive childhood fears of the dark that awoke her curiosity about the night sky. Join Margaret as she takes you on an out-of-this-world journey to discover constellations and ancient cultures, the birth and death of a star and the inner workings of our Sun.



Starlight features stunning fulldome visualisations of being inside a supernova explosion and drifting through a stellar nursery, a rich gaseous nebula that is collapsing into stars.

Documentary for ages 8 and up.

Produced by Melbourne Planetarium.

All planetarium shows conclude with a staff-guided presentation of What's in the sky tonight?

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


Event Type: Planetarium Show

Weekdays, Until 11 Mar 2016
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Weekends, Until 20 Mar 2016
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Monday 14 Mar 2016
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Weekdays, 15 Mar - 18 Mar 2016
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Melbourne Planetarium

See description above.

Museum Members receive discounted entry to the Planetarium and FREE general entry.

To book, call 13 11 02 or

Comments (15)

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Anna and Frank Smoes 13 September, 2014 19:41
The teacher preview of Starlight was fantastic. Thanks for the opportunity to attend. Trish was welcoming and informative. It was a great introduction to the study of stars.
zoey 28 September, 2014 00:45
Omg this show is absolutly amazing, I had pure happiness watching it even tears from just how amazing and beautiful it was. My daughter is 6 yrs old just like in the story and has a extreme love passion of stars and space so we are coming on Monday to see it again. Tonight she saw a "shooting star" or a piece rock enter the astomsphere plus the Milky Way in all its glory for the first time. Can't wait to see the show again and again. Trish was so fantastic and informative.
Bloom 15 October, 2014 20:54
Best place to go to in Melbourne
Ali Norozi 2 December, 2014 12:13
I am pretty excited to visit there and will be coming up there on Thursday. We have excursion to there and hopefully will learn as much as possible and enjoy much more. Thanks for letting us visit there
Beth Allen 27 May, 2015 11:06
What will be on during our Melbourne visit, 19 - 24th July? Thanks
mvbookings 28 May, 2015 14:32

Hi Beth,

We have a lot on every day. The best way to see what is on each day is through the "What's On" link on our website. It has a calender at the top, just choose the day you want and you get a lists of all the intertesting activities available on that day. As new activities are announced the What's On calendar is updated. 

The following link will take you to "What's On" for 19th July  

Mel 30 May, 2015 19:02
Hi there, What shows will be on during our Melbourne visit between 23rd June - 26th June. Have two children absolutely fascinated by the heavens! Thankyou!
VJ 24 June, 2015 21:55
Does this show or any other Planetarium Shows suits toddler 2.5yr old ?
Discovery Centre 28 June, 2015 14:37

Hi VJ,

Most of Scienceworks’ content is geared towards children ages 3 and up. Having said that, the Planetarium show most suited to younger children is Tycho to the Moon, which is running at 11am and 12pm throughout the school holidays. Starlight is definitely not suited to children under the age of 8.

We hope you enjoy your visit!

Sil 29 June, 2015 16:40
Hi there. Do you organize tours to watch the stars during school holidays for kids aged 10 years? Thank you.
Discovery Centre 1 July, 2015 09:52
Hi Sil - We don't have night-time star-gazing programs specifically for children, just the Discover the Night Sky events, which are aimed at an adult audience. You might like to ask the Melbourne Observatory if the Astronomical Society of Victoria have any events planned for the school holidays.

Of course, the Planetarium technically actually do simulated star watching (during the day) as we fast forward the night sky to when it’s dark and show visitors what they might see if it was clear that night, in addition to our educational films. All in the warm Planetarium while reclining in a comfortable seat!
Shuri 3 July, 2015 08:43
Hello - Can I bring an 8 month old to any of the shows? If so, which one would be best? (We're going to be in Melbourne mid Oct.) He loves staring at the stars in a projection we have. We are of course prepared to leave quickly if he fusses!
mvbookings 3 July, 2015 14:08

Hi Shuri,

The experience in the Planetarium is aimed at many ages however we do recommend 3 years & over as we feel they would be able to sit through the 45 minute experience. Please note that the main part of the experience is a feature movie, aimed at different ages, then followed by “Whats in the Sky tonight” which is presenter led talking about some constellations and anything that may be appearing in the night sky. This part of the session is approximately 10-15 minutes.

Peach 10 December, 2015 23:33
Hello, Are there translations of the narration during the show at all? My father is an admirer of astronomy and is of Arabic tongue who knows conversational English. If not, is he likely to enjoy the show?
Discovery Centre 14 December, 2015 13:20
Hi Peach, 

Unfortunately, none of our shows have translations or subtitles. However, all our shows cater to visitors with varying levels of knowledge and language ability, and visually they convey a lot of course. Anyone with conversational English should still get a great deal out of our shows and enjoy the experience.

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Sigrid Thornton recording the narration for Starlight.