The planetarium is an air conditioned room with an 8 metre dome-shaped ceiling, fitted out with approximately 45 specially designed reclining chairs. At the centre of the room is a 1960's Zeiss ZKP-1 Jena star projector. It's one of the few left in the world that is still operated manually.
During the presentation, the night sky is projected onto the ceiling and your experienced space guide will explain the sky as seen from the Southern Hemisphere. You'll see and hear about the stars and planets, the Magellanic Clouds, the Milky Way and lots more.
I'm not an avid astronomer and would never have been able to tell a star from a planet before going to the Planetarium. Martin Lewicki, a UniSA Astronomy Educator, was our guide for the session and he explained everything so easily and clearly. We were given maps of the night sky and there was a lot of interaction between Martin and the audience. I found the information extremely interesting and very easy to understand.
Martin Lewicki, Astronomy Education, Adelaide Planetarium, UniSA Mawson Lakes