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Give Your Partner The Stars At Stardome On Valentine's Day

Tuesday 29 March 2016, 10:09AM
By Beckie Wright
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 Once a year, Stardome Observatory & Planetarium opens the doors to loved-up couples for a romantic virtual tour of the stars. Welcomed with bubbles and canapés, couples attending this exclusive event are encouraged to arrive early to explore the space-themed gallery and exhibits to the music of a live string duet. For the first time, with support from Rush Munro’s, each guest will receive a tub of Rush Munro’s 100% natural ice-cream to enjoy during the show. In the planetarium theatre the relaxing, reclining seats await, positioned for the perfect view of the 360° dome ceiling above them.

As the lights dim, and the bright stars illuminate above, it is easy to get lost in the epic views of the skies. The real world will fade away as couples journey into the galactic with their loved one as a travelling companion. Guided by the experienced Stardome presenters they will explore the heavens and hear tales that pay tribute to the most romantic celestial objects. Extending into the cosmos they will visit Venus, named after the mythological goddess of love and mother of Cupid, and will view breath-taking images of planets, star clusters and nebulae. Questions from the audience are encouraged in the planetarium, so the shape of the show differs in each session to accommodate this.

Tickets to the Valentine’s Day show include a gift box, containing a bottle of bubbly to share, champagne flutes and cookies. The pack also includes a grand romantic gesture – an Adopt a Star for your loved one. In previous years the Valentine’s shows at Stardome have completely sold out quickly, so couples have to act fast this year to secure their tickets. There are five shows during the evening, at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. Double passes cost $140. Booking is essential, phone 09 624 1246 or at www.stardome.org.nz. Find out more at the Stardome website http://www.stardome.org.nz/events/valentines-day/ .

Stardome and its team have been sharing a love of space from its premises in Auckland’s One Tree Hill Domain since 1967. A place of exploration, research and sharing of knowledge the Stardome 360-degree planetarium Night Sky shows take viewers into outer space to get a closer view of stars, planets and nebulae. Stardome evening planetarium shows also include telescope viewings (weather permitting). School children across Auckland enjoy daytime visits for school trips.

To celebrate Auckland Anniversary Weekend, Stardome opened their doors for a public open day which was a huge success featuring a bouncy castle, solar telescopes and the fantastic Science in a Van team. For further information on Stardome please go to http://www.stardome.org.nz .