Statue of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (image by May Cross)
The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium's 40th Anniversary weekend is choc-a-block with family events. The highlights include a free public lecture on Astrovisualisation by Dr Carter Emmart from the American Museum of Natural History on Saturday Night "Live". Visitors can enjoy the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander astronomy exhibition, Skylore. There's also an historical photographic display of the Planetarium's early days to view. And a time-capsule will be sealed and laid beneath a new display until 2037. Why 2037? Because that's when we have our first total solar eclipse in over 200 years.
Not the Red Planet, the Red Planetarium (image by May Cross)
The Planetarium is open Saturday 26 May from 10.00 am to 8.30 pm and on Sunday 27 May from 10.45 am to 4.00 pm. There is a generous 40% off the admission price of the Cosmic Skydome show tickets across the weekend, with a variety of shows available including new shows, The Little Star That Could and Passport to the Universe.
For more information and to view the weekend show schedule, see Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.. Bookings are strongly recommended for shows and can be obtained from the booking office.
(image from BCC website)
Perfect Little Planet Your kids are going to love this show, learning about our solar system through the eyes of a family of aliens on holidays from another solar system. Recommended for children over 5 years old, the show runs for approximately 40 minutes, including the night sky tour.
Another show you may be interested in at the Planetarium in the lead up to the anniversary celebrations is Infinite Skies, which is part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. This performance, presented by Big Fork Theatre, is a cosmic collision (or should that be a comic collision?) of science fiction and improv. Some of Brisbane's young and talented comic improvisers will take you on a sky-high journey with superheroes across the universe.
Rear of Planetarium (image by May Cross)
The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is located at 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Mt Coot-tha. There is free on-site parking at the Botanic Gardens car park, with overflow parking across the road. This includes disabled and bus parking. Alternatively, take the bus. From the city, hop on bus 471 or the Great City Circle Bus 598 or 599 from various suburbs.