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New show takes residents to the moon and back

11 December, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging residents to come see the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium’s latest show ‘Moons: Worlds of Mystery’ which premieres this Saturday.

The Lord Mayor said the Planetarium was one of Brisbane’s favourite, family-friendly venues and this school holidays wanted to encourage residents to visit and enjoy a great value show.

“The Planetarium offers families the opportunity to sit back and take in the wonders of the Universe with breathtaking night sky tours projected on the 12.5 metre diameter Cosmic Skydome, all in air conditioned comfort,” Cr Quirk said.

“Located in the beautiful Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Toowong, a visit to the Planetarium would make for a great day out with the kids this school holidays.

“The planetarium continues to be one of Brisbane’s most popular venues, reaching its highest annual attendance ever in 2013-14, with more than 120,000 visitors and almost 70,000 seeing a show.

“The venue reopened following a $1.063 million upgrade in March 2013, which involved installing a new optical star projector to replace the original projector from when it opened in 1978. The upgrade also included re-upholstering seating, carpet and a new digital system.”

He said the new planetarium show would take audiences on a journey through the Solar System to learn about the amazing variety of moons, particularly around the planets Jupiter and Saturn.

“Moons: Worlds of Mystery is suitable for audiences aged six years and over and explores the influence and surprising aspects of the many moons within our solar system,” Cr Quirk said.

“Visitors can learn about the diverse features of moons from volcanoes and geysers to ice-covered oceans and methane rain in this entertaining and educational show.

“Narrated by American actor Ed Helms, and developed by the Museum of Science in Boston, this fulldome show is followed by a night sky tour in the Skydome theatre.”

Cr Quirk said Moons: Worlds of Mystery joins a popular list of programs that are currently showing at the planetarium.

“Visitors to the Planetarium can learn about black holes, cosmic collisions, the search for life in space as well as a number of shows on offer for our young astronauts,” Cr Quirk said.

Bookings are strongly recommended and can be made through the Planetarium Booking Office on 3403 2578. Show admission prices are $15 for adults, $9.20 for children aged 3-4 years old, and $12.80 for concession cards. There’s also family pass and 3 show pass tickets options.

The Planetarium is closed on Mondays, as well as the upcoming Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year public holidays. [Ends] DECEMBER 10, 2014

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