The Planetarium at Mawson Lakes is the only planetarium in Adelaide and gives the whole family a fun and informative learning experience.
The Adelaide Planetarium houses a Zeiss Jena ZPK1 star projector that displays an artificial night sky onto the eight-metre diameter domed ceiling and can show the position of constellations, stars and planets. The projector displays the relative position and brightness of about 5,000 stars that are visible from the Southern Hemisphere.
Within the dome-shaped theatre, you will be immersed in a realistic simulation showing the position of constellations, stars and planets. Feeling as if the earth is moving, you’ll learn about the earth’s rotation during the course of the night.
Public sessions are held at 1pm & 2:45pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, during school holidays and throughout the year with children and adult education courses and one-night events. Group bookings can be made 7 days a week from 10am through to early evening by arrangement.
After a trip through the solar system, sit back and experience one of our full dome movies, such as Tilt, Tycho to the Moon, Wildest Weather in the Solar System, Astronaut, or Journey to the centre of the Milky Way.
Plenty is on all year round at the Planetarium. Whether you are a school group, a family or an astronomy buff
- Night Sky: Journey into outer space with a highly qualified guide. Find out more about the solar system, stars and constellations, including indigenous and traditional star lore and mythology. Presentations are 50 minutes to an hour.
- Movies: There are currently six exciting movies to choose from. Sessions can combine a movie and a presentation.
- Short courses: The Planetarium offers a range of special courses for those with an interest in astronomy. Courses range from beginner to advanced.
- Special events: Keep an eye out for special events throughout the year, including at festival time and school holidays. Some school holiday sessions are also available and include extra activities, such as Terrarium making or a SciWorld Liquid Nitrogen Show.