Cosmodome Science Theatre & Planetarium

Cosmodome Science Theatre & Planetarium is an immersive dome theatre projecting full-dome shows that surround the viewer providing a 3D effect. Cosmodome uses a mirror projection system enabling excellent viewing from any position in the dome. Presentations are in full-colour high definition with surround sound effects. Cosmodome is a truly exhilarating experience with objects appearing to zoom above the audience.

Cosmodome Science Theatre & Planetarium offers the versatility of presenting astronomy and earth science full-dome shows in addition to planetarium presentations on the night sky. Cosmodome uses stellarium software enabling brilliant simulations of day & night, the seasons, stars, planets, moon phases, eclipse’s, Earth’s rotation and constellations in our Milky Way galaxy.

Cosmodome School Science Presentations

Starlab Education carefully selects full-dome shows that best fit the Australian National Curriculum and Queensland Studies Authority requirements. Previous Essential Learning and Primary Connections units are also available. Full-dome show durations are approximately 20-45 minutes forming part of the recommended 40-60 minute tailored program sessions. Further curriculum based astronomy & earth science topics are presented during the remaining session time within the Cosmodome Science Theatre & Planetarium using brilliant night sky astronomy programs and demonstrations.

Please refer to the appropriate curriculum in the Quick Links column for suggested programs to best suit the year levels and curriculum topics of particular interest.

Current full-dome shows:

Zula Patrol: Under the Weather (Prep to Year 2, Earth & Space Science)

Starlab Cosmodome under the weather

This animated adventure is selected to inspire, entertain and educate lower primary school students about the weather. What is weather? What is weather made from? The stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather on planet Zula for scientist Multo's research, using their loyal pet Gorga's ability to collect and bottle all kinds of weather. When the Zula gang inadvertently hurts Gorga's feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Interplanetary villain Dark Truder tricks Gorga into stealing the weather from other planets as part of his latest devious scheme to rule the universe. The Zula Patrol find out and go after him. In the process, they learn all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary.


Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Years P to 3, Earth & space science)

Starlab Cosmodome science show volcano

In the most dynamic fashion possible, two young adventurers embark on a breathtaking up-close look at each of the planets in our solar system with the guidance from a wise astronomy book. With ‘Book’ as their guide, the adventurers use their imagination to rocket through the solar system, landing on Venus, Mars and Pluto, blasting through the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, and viewing the sun and other planets from close vantage points. ‘Book’ relays interesting facts about each object ensuring students gain invaluable knowledge whilst on their wild imaginary ride. From the boiling surface of the sun to the icy rings of Saturn, the incredible scenery in motion will mesmerize all young adventurers.


Earth’s Wild Ride (Years 1 to 6, Earth & space science)

Starlab Cosmodome science show volcano

Earth's Wild Ride is a journey that immerses audiences in a 3D tour of Earth's history and natural wonders. Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, a grandfather and his grandchildren gaze out into space. As they watch the Moon's shadow move across Earth, the grandfather tells stories of crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. While learning about eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and differences between the Earth and Moon, the audience is taken on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava.


Oasis in Space (Years 4 to 10+, Earth & space science)

Starlab Cosmodome Space Show Solar System

Experience a journey through the solar system and gaze at beautiful images of the planets, their orbits and satellites. Explore Earth with its vast oceans that make life possible. One by one, fly by the planets and moons of our solar system, accompanied by full descriptions of their characteristics including atmosphere, temperature and composition. With spectacular visual effects, students are inspired to draw their own conclusions about orbiting bodies in our solar system. Is there water out there? Is there life beyond Earth?


Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity (Years 4 to 10+, space science)

Starlab Cosmodome Climate Change Science Theatre Iceburg

Experience a truly exhilarating experience with one of the most successful full-dome shows ever produced. Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.


Origins of Life (Years 5 to 10+, Space science, biology)

Starlab Cosmodome Climate Change Science Theatre Iceburg

Explore some of the most profound questions of life science: the origins of life and the human search for life beyond Earth. Starting with the Big Bang, in chronological order, the Origins of Life deals with the prebiotic chemistry in the Universe, the formation of stars, formation of solar systems, and the first life on Earth. Furthermore, Origins of Life covers the great extinctions as well as our search for primitive life beyond planet Earth. ‘Origins of Life’ is an inspirational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth. It features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it's right now!


Natural Selection (Years 8-10+, Earth science, biology)

Starlab Cosmodome Climate Change Science Theatre Iceburg

Join the young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the world with the HMS Beagle. In Victorian times many physical phenomena had already been discovered and described by natural laws, but life's most eloquent mechanism was still unknown: ‘How could new species arise to replace those lost in extinction?’ It was time for someone to present a Naturalist explanation of this mystery of mysteries. Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Charles Darwin's eyes, make observations of the most beautiful natural scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place. Charles Darwin himself reveals this simple and most beautiful mechanism that explains the Evolution of all Life on Earth.


Ice Worlds (Years 5 to 10+, Earth & space science, biology, climate)

Starlab Cosmodome Climate Change Science Theatre Iceburg

Explore the icy landscapes of our solar system, especially our home planet Earth in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Audiences explore the critical relationship between ice and life. The Earth is a dynamic planet with a global climate that is always changing. One of the most dramatic changes occurs each year as ice turns to water and returns to ice once again. The amount of ice trapped over land in the Polar Regions also determines sea level and the amount of solar energy absorbed by the planet as bright reflective ice transforms into dark absorbing oceans. The interplay of life and ice on Earth, from microbes to humans, raises questions about the ice worlds of our solar system. Will they have microscopic life? Will they be suitable for humans to explore? Can they help us understand Earth's changing polar habitats and protect their pristine beauty?


Starlab Education Bookings

Simply complete a Booking Request or contact Starlab Education direct. Upon receiving your booking request with your preferred selections you will receive a ‘Booking Confirmation’ and ‘Timetable’ for completion prior to the visit. Any additional resources will be emailed to your school or venue.

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