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Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium re-opens with star power

27 March, 2013

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium re-opens with star power

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is welcoming visitors to the new Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium following a $1.063 million upgrade, including a new ‘Megastar’ optical star projector.

The Lord Mayor said the venue would re-open on Saturday, March 30 and visitors could expect to find a modern, refreshed Planetarium that offered an out-of-this-world experience.

“The Planetarium has been entertaining and educating people since 1978 and this refurbishment will refresh and relaunch the venue,” Cr Quirk said.

“We closed the Planetarium in January to allow for state-of-the-art technology to be installed with the hero of the project the new Megastar optical star projector that recreates the night sky on an advanced technology 12.5-metre diameter dome.”

Cr Quirk said the upgrades would attract even more visitors to the popular attraction in Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, improving the tourism offering for visitors and reinvigorating the experience for residents.

The Planetarium journey begins with a new Apollo wall mural at the entry, and new displays installed about the 1960’s race to the Moon, lunar and planetary exploration, and rocketry. The gallery has been completely redone to highlight the history of astronomy and discoveries in the Solar System and beyond.

Large monitors have been added, including a touch screen to explore a variety of astronomical topics which people can enjoy before entering the enhanced Cosmic Skydome. The Skydome has re-upholstered seating and fresh carpet. It is now home to new optical star projector with an upgraded digital system, making for amazing shows.

The Planetarium is reopening with two new shows on offer. ‘Perfect Little Planet’ is about our solar system through the eyes of a family of aliens on vacation from another star system.

Designed for adults and children over six, ‘Dynamic Earth’ is narrated by actor Liam Neeson and explores the inner workings of planet Earth’s climatic system, the relationship of the Sun and Earth, as well as contrasting our planet with the hothouse planet Venus.

Most of the Planetarium’s other favourite shows will continue though, including ‘Cosmic Collisions’ and ‘Tycho to the Moon’.

For more information about the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/Planetarium or for show bookings phone 07 3403 2578.

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