Brisbane experiences

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is located in the Toowong suburb of Brisbane and situated among the grounds of the Botanic Gardens. Opening its doors in 1978, the Planetarium was named after the astronomer and governor of New South Wales in the 1820s. Today the Planetarium offers an upgraded cosmic sky dome that provides state of the art equipment and digital imaging that allows visitors to observe the night sky.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Regular shows are run by the Planetarium for groups and schools. Informative programs are run for adults and children. Various components of the Planetarium include mini-theatres, observatory viewings, the display zone and the cosmic sky dome. Some of the shows and mini-theatre shows include Black Holes, Passport to the Universe and Space Shuttle launches and orbits.

One of the most popular showings is the Hubble Space telescope digital images that are features in the display zone. Images of asteroids and spacecraft are displayed for the public’s viewing pleasure.

The Planetarium is open every Tuesday through Sunday with entrance closing in the late evening each night. The booking office may be contacted via telephone to schedule group tours. The sky dome offers the country’s first high resolution and digital full dome system found in a planetarium.

Planetarium, Mt. Coot-tha Road, Toowong, Brisbane

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