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May the Fourth at Stardome
Wednesday 16 May 2018, 7:30PM
By Beckie Wright

International Star Wars Day may just be the best and biggest day of the year. This May the Fourth, Stardome is getting in on the action by hosting an evening filled with Jedi Masters, dress ups, drinks, snacks, and the galactic empire.

A special Star Wars themed planetarium show has been produced, which will take visitors on a journey through our Milky Way to galaxies far, far away. Learn about the Star Wars night sky guided by your Stardome Jedi Master.

Those who come dressed in their favourite Star Wars character will be in the draw to win a private Stardome Zeiss telescope tour and a selection of Star Wars prizes. Everyone welcome, even if you’ve gone to the Dark Side. Tickets include the Star Wars themed planetarium show, a glass of wine or beer (R18, ID required) or juice and snacks.

Friday 4 May, 6:30pm, 8pm & 9:30pm
$25 adult
$15 child
Bookings essential.

The Farthest Returns to the Big Screen
Humankind have achieved some incredible things and one achievement that sits near the top of this list is the historic Voyager mission. In 1977, two robotic probes, Voyager 1 and 2, were launched several weeks apart to study the outer Solar System. The little probes, no bigger than a school bus, have collected incredible scientific data and close-up images of some of the planets and moons in the far reaches of our Solar System. The mission has extended three times and the twin spacecraft are now tasked with exploring interstellar space.

More than 12 billion miles away and each carrying a Golden Record from Earth, filled with sounds and images of our little blue planet, this incredible mission resulted in the first human-made object ever to enter the void of deep space. On 25 August 2012, data from Voyager 1 indicated that it had finally made it into a region further than anyone, or anything, in history. With internal computers and cameras, which have less power than not only our smartphones but our car key fobs, the Voyager missions are indeed one of the greatest achievements of all time. These little craft will continue to travel on for millions of years and in all likelihood, will outlive humanity.

The Farthest, a fascinating and witty documentary by Emer Reynolds, follows the journey of Voyager 1 and 2 through the eyes those who have been closest to the action the past four decades. A standout film from the 2017 New Zealand International Film Festival, it celebrates the magnificent machines, the men and women who built them, and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped. Last year, Stardome screened The Farthest for three sell-out nights. Stardome are bringing it back for one last set of screenings, so that anyone who missed out last time, can come and witness the incredible mission retold on the big screen.

Tickets include a glass of wine or beer (R18, ID required) and snacks.
Thursdays 10th, 17th & 24th May at 8pm
$25 per person
Bookings essential.

A Special Stardome Mother’s Day

We love our mums even more than we love the stars! Show mum (or grandma) that she means the world to you by taking her on a trip to Stardome this Mother’s Day. For all shows on Sunday 13 May, mums get in FREE with a paying person.

Let her sit back and relax in the reclining seats while the kids watch an afternoon show (Mum, think dark, cosy room and entertained kids for an hour!) OR she can come along to the Autumn Night Sky and gaze up at the beauty of our Milky Way projected on to the 360-degree screen. Whichever show Mum chooses, she’ll be sure to have an out-of-this-world Mother’s Day adventure.

Sunday 13 May for all show sessions.
Phone bookings on 09 624 1246 are essential for a FREE ticket.

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