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School Holidays

Mission to the Moon - Winter School Holiday Fun

5 - 12 years

It’s been 50 years since astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history in July 1969 by being the first humans on the Moon. Now 50 years later,...

Next session: Friday 19 July - 10:00am

Winter Stories in the Sky

Recommended 6+

Narrated by Lucy Lawless and John Rhys-Davies, join us for an adventure as our stellar navigators explore the night sky and delve into the myths and...

Next session: Friday 19 July - 4:00pm
The Little Star that Could

The Little Star that Could

Recommended 3+

Children can follow one little star’s journey to find a name and family of its own in the new animated space show, The Little Star That Could. Little...

Tilt

Tilt

Recommended 4-8 years

Sometimes crazy days are just what you need to discover something new. Join Annie and Max for a whirlwind adventure as they find out how the seasons work....

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Recommended 4-8 years

Take a visit to the Sun, the eight planets and Pluto, soar past Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and discover something new about each of these planetary bodies...

Planetarium Show We Are Stars

We are Stars

Recommended 6+

What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the...

Apollo 11 50th Open Night - Moon Marathon

Our special-edition The Moon Milestone show will screen on the hour throughout the evening at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm & 10pm. In 360-degree immersive detail,...

Winter Stories in the Sky: Matariki Edition

Recommended 6+

Join Lucy Lawless and John-Rhys Davies in a stellar adventure as they navigate through the night sky and delve into the myths and legends behind the...

Next session: Sunday 21 July - 6:00pm
Apollo 11

The Moon Milestone

Recommended 6+

Delve into the significance of the event that rewrote the history books and paved the way for future space exploration, in this special-edition Stardome...

Next session: Sunday 21 July - 7:00pm

Our Night Sky

Recommended 8+

In this live 360-degree experience, your planetarium presenter will take you on an extraordinary tour of the stars, planets and constellations visible on...

Next session: Sunday 21 July - 8:00pm

Music & Lasers - Pink Floyd WYWH & The Wall

Recommended 18+

Relive two of the greatest rock albums of all time Wish You Were Here and The Wall in our 360-degree planetarium theatre. Start your night with a glass of...

Next session: Tuesday 23 July - 8:00pm
Beyond the Solar System

Beyond the Solar System

Recommended 8+

Head away from the familiarity of Earth and the other planets of our Solar System and cruise among the millions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy. You’ll...

Next session: Friday 26 July - 9:30pm

Celestial Navigation

Recommended 18+

Astro-navigation is still used today in space exploration; it was used to guide Mars missions through the Solar System. It uses the same principles as...

Next session: Tuesday 30 July - 8:00pm
Courtyard telescopes

Courtyard Telescopes

There is nothing like seeing a deep-space object, or one of the planets in our Solar System with your own eyes through a telescope. Viewing the rings of Saturn, the red fuzzy Mars or the shadowy craters on the Moon is an unforgettable experience for kids and adults alike.

The Stardome telescopes are out Wednesday-Sunday evening to both the public and those attending shows, subject to suitable sky conditions. Tuesday night telescopes are only available to those attending the show. The courtyard telescopes are operated by the experienced telescope team who can locate the gems deep in the night sky for you – beautiful stars, planets, star clusters and nebulae. Bring along your smartphone and take a photo of what you can see through the telescopes to share online – #astronomyrules! 

The courtyard telescope experience is complimentary after the 7pm, 8pm and 9pm shows during winter and autumn, and after the 8pm show in summer and spring. If you aren’t coming to the show, but would still like to experience the telescopes, entry is included with the normal Space Gallery fee. 

Don’t forget to wrap up in a warm coat, looking up at the stars and planets through telescopes can be very chilly, so we advise wearing warm clothes.

Space Gallery and Exhibits

Space Gallery & Exhibits

Stardome’s space gallery & exhibits is an engaging experience to browse either before or after your planetarium show. 

  • Learn more about the History of Spacecraft in the interactive toy brick display.
  • Take a look at New Zealand’s most diverse display of meteorites including pieces of the Moon and Mars. .
  • Find out how telescopes work.
  • Check out the Space Tracker display and keep up with the latest space exploration missions. 
  • Climb onto our weighing machine to find out how much you would weigh on other planets.
  • Take a close look at the two replica NASA spacesuits and then take a photo as “Buzz” the astronaut.

Thank you to our supporters, Regional Facilities Auckland, Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, Sir Po-shing Woo, the Lion Foundation, Foundation North and the Chisholm Whitney Family Trust for funding the development of the new displays

The Zeiss telescope

Zeiss Telescope

PLEASE NOTE: As of September 15th, the Zeiss is undergoing a major upgrade and will be out of action for the foreseeable future. Please check back for updates. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. 

For an extra special experience, take a closer look at some stunning deep space objects through Stardome’s largest telescope, the Zeiss, in the beautiful, historic observatory dome. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday subject to suitable sky conditions, for individuals and groups of up to 15 people.

On a clear night, you can expect to see four or five deep-space objects, accompanied by engaging commentary from a Stardome team member. An unforgettable experience for adults and children. This experience is best suited for those aged 8 and over.

Zeiss telescope viewings are available as an optional extra after evening planetarium shows for just $10 per person. Included in the ticket price is a special booklet about the history of telescopes at Stardome. Call the team on 09 624 1246 to add the Zeiss experience on to your trip to Stardome.

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