Space 360º

Cinema 360º

Double Feature

Dark Universe

AMNH, 2013 | Duration – 25 minutes

Dark Universe celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe and our place in it—and to new frontiers for exploration.

Come along on a journey through Jupiter’s atmosphere.  Peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colourful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.  The American Museum of Natural History’s latest space show celebrates a new age of cosmic discovery as well as its deepest mysteries.

With astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide, go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy.

In stunningly detailed scenes based on authentic scientific data—including a NASA probe’s breath-taking plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere and novel visualisations of unobservable dark matter—Dark Universe explores this new age of cosmic discovery and reveals the mysteries that have been brought to light so far.

Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO INC, Tokyo, Japan.


Stories in the Stars

Produced by Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks, Museum Victoria, 2013 | Duration – 28 minutes

Stories in the Stars explores a new way of looking at the sky through the stories of the Boorong people. Indigenous stories from north-west Victoria come to life as we find out how they relate to living in the Australian bush. 

European night sky stories are familiar to many people. However, the Indigenous stories of the southern skies are less well known. Although different Australian Aboriginal groups have different astronomical traditions, there are some broad similarities between many traditions. These are often very different from the astronomy that is familiar to Europeans. Indigenous Australian astronomy describes many constellations that cannot be seen from northern latitudes. Even constellations that can be seen from Europe appear in a different way in the sky in the southern hemisphere.

Like other cultural traditions, astronomy is important not just for its own sake, but is integrated with other forms of knowledge. The changing night skies mirror seasonal patterns in the activities of animals and plants. Astronomical events could be messages about events on the ground. In many cases the landscape itself is seen as a reflection of the patterns in the night sky.

Stories in the Stars was produced by the Melbourne Planetarium in conjunction with the North-West Nations Aboriginal Corporation. The cultural rights to the traditions described in the show are held by the North-West Nations.