Having not been to the Planetarium since the days of school excursions, I decided to check it out recently and was well rewarded for my return.
The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is nestled in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt Cootha and houses a range of activities for people of all ages including walks through the night sky with the Zeiss Star Projector which also shows films on the Cosmic Sky Dome.
The Search for Life: Are we Alone?, commissioned by NASA, is one of the current films being displayed at the planetarium: a preview of which can be viewed at the Planetariumís website.
Narrated by Harrison Ford, the actor for Han Solo from the Star Wars series, the film takes the audience on a spectacular journey through the universe to explain the current ways in which we might find alien life. Projected on the Cosmic Sky Dome, which is a spherical screen, the film appears to be almost in 3D, making the immersion in the feature astounding which includes the most comprehensive view of Marsí surface that any Earthling has ever experienced.
After this, the session is completed with the usual tour of the night sky which shows the audience how to read the stars and a trip a little further up the mountain to spot them makes a wonderful end to the night. The Search for Life: Are We Alone? is one of a series of films showing at the moment that are only available until the 18th of September when a new set of films will arrive.