Brisbane City Council's planetarium officially opened its doors in May 24th 1978. It was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, a Scottish astronomer and also the appointed governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825. In 1822, he established the first significant observatory at Parramatta for mapping the southern skies.

You can find Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium’s gleaming white building which was designed by architect William Job, Queensland’s 2001 architect of the year in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. Brisbane City Council's Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium hosts a variety of shows that are both entertaining and informative which is held in their Cosmic Skydome, a 12.5-metre-diameter projection dome.

So if you want to learn and discover more about astronomy, plan your visit and catch the following shows.

  • Perfect Little Planet: What better way to learn about the solar system than through the eyes of a family of aliens on vacation? This concept will surely grab the little ones’ attention.
  • The Little Star that Could: Are your kids fascinated by the stars? Then this show will help them understand through the story of Little Star, an average yellow star searching for planets of his own.

These two programs are perfect for children of all ages but the following are not recommended for children under six.

  • Capturing the Cosmos: Produced by Melbourne Planetarium narrated by Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, this presentation explores the early Universe and the forces that shaped it.
  • Cosmic Collisions: Collision also called impact is destructive. But in the cosmos, collision is quite fascinating as it releases energy driving the growth and evolution of the Universe. This presentation is produced by the American Museum of Natural History narrated by Robert Redford.
  • Dark Universe: Produced by the American Museum of Natural History and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, this show tackles the dark matter, dark energy, and the future of cosmology.
  • Moons: Worlds of Mystery: The moon is a pretty spectacular celestial body as its gravitational pull affects tides on Earth. Understand and learn more about it in through this presentation produced by the Boston Museum of Science.
  • Passport to the Universe: Want to journey through the Solar System? Then you will enjoy this presentation which is narrated by Tom Hanks.
  • Saturday Night 'Live': Are you ready for a live full-dome space-flight? Don’t miss this show.
  • Starlight: Constellations, ancient cultures and the lives of stars? You will learn everything about these in this show.
  • Tales of a Time Traveler: Journey back in time to the birth of the universe narrated by David Tennant.
  • We Are Aliens!: Is Earth the only planet with life? Hunt for evidence of alien life narrated by Rupert Grint.

Besides these, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium also features new shows such as Edge of Darkness and Experience the Aurora. Take note, all these shows run for approximately 45 minutes and include a night sky tour.

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