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Throughout star lore, there are tales of star-crossed lovers, of sacrifice for one’s love, heroic quests to prove devotion, and beautiful maidens, winning the hearts and minds of gods and mortals alike.
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 new interactive displays in the space-themed gallery and exhibits. 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 you journey into the galactic with your loved one as a travelling companion. Guided by the experienced Stardome presenters you will explore the heavens and hear tales that pay tribute to the most romantic celestial objects. Extending into the cosmos you 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.
Tickets to the Valentine’s Day show include a gift box, containing two small bottles of wine to share, govino picnic wine glasses, chocolates and heart-shaped cookies. The pack also includes a grand romantic gesture – an Adopt a Star pack for your loved one. The newly redesigned Adopt a Star pack includes a certificate, information about the constellation and a star chart for future romantic nights under the stars. The pack also includes a laser-cut wood star, a memento of the special night.
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. Five shows run that evening at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. Double passes cost $150. Booking is essential on 09 624 1246 or at http://www.stardome.org.nz .
Find out more at the Stardome website https://www.stardome.org.nz/show/valentines-day/ .