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Published March 12th 2018
The Brisbane Planetarium Turns 40
By Nemti - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Hands up who remembers going on a school excursion or family outing to discover the wonders of the solar system at the Brisbane Planetarium. The large white dome at the base on Mount Cootha has long been a favourite destination where the young and young at heart can experience what lies beyond in our solar system.

This year, the Planetarium turns 40, having opened on 24 May 1978 and was named after astronomer Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane. Since that time, over 2 million curious visitors have walked through the doors and gazed up into the Cosmic Skydome (a hemispherical planetarium theatre).

Relieve those memories, create new ones or introduce a whole new generation to the Planetarium during its birthday year. The skydome runs regular shows (where admission fees apply) in the theatre which holds 133 people.

The foyer also offers free exhibitions an displays, which include the 1969 Moon landing with a replica of Neil Armstrong's space suit and numerous models of spacecraft and astronomical instruments.

Why not take the opportunity to have a horticultural experience and wander through the beautiful botanic gardens before you leave.

The Planetarium is located in Toowong, just 5kms from the CBD and is open Tuesday to Sunday including Friday nights with various shows.
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Why? A Glimpse into the Wonders of Outer Space
When: Tuesday 10am–4pm Wednesday 10am–4pm Thursday 10am–4pm Friday 10am–7:30pm Saturday 10:45am–7:30pm Sunday 10:45am–4pm Monday Closed
Phone: 3403 2578
Where: Mt Cootha Road,Toowong
Cost: Adults: $15.80 children (3-14 years): $9.60 concession card holders: $13 Authorised Companion: free.
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