The Planetarium runs a range of educational courses throughout the year, taught by our experienced staff. Learn about everything from constellations and telescopes to the skies of Aboriginal Australians and Ancient Egyptians. Courses are run as either one-off sessions or part of a series that spans a few weeks.

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  • Aboriginal Cosmos minus-thick plus-thick

    Have you ever wondered about the Australian Aboriginal view of how the cosmos came into existence? How did humans and other animals first come into existence? What are some of the origins of Aboriginal place names and geological features? Aboriginal Australians have been looking at the night sky for some 50,000 years. During this time they have been able to build up a complex knowledge of the stars and their movements. How do their observations and cosmotheism compare to the modern scientific worldview? What are the differences and similarities between the contemporary western view of the constellations and the Aboriginal view of the sky above? In this course, hear about the Dreaming and the many stories that relate to the Earth, humans, and Aboriginal view of the heavens above.

    We will explore the modern 88-constellations and be able to compare them to the night sky as seen by the first Australians. Come and study with renowned astronomer Paul Curnow and learn about some of the most ancient cultures on Earth.

    This 4-week course is adults only; and strictly designed for the adult beginner (due to respecting cultural protocols attendees must be aged 16-years or over). Moreover, it is suitable for adults with limited or no astronomical knowledge who would like to know more about the cultures, night sky and the constellations, as seen by the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia.

    This is the only course of its type held in a planetarium anywhere in the world!

    Tuesdays 12th January to 2nd February 2021 7.30pm to 9.30pm $140 per person Paul Curnow BOOK HERE
  • Aboriginal Skies minus-thick plus-thick

    Courses - Aboriginal SkiesAboriginal Australians have been looking at the night sky for thousands of years. During this time they have been able to build up a complex knowledge of the stars and their movements. Come and learn how to find the different constellations (stellar patterns) as seen by indigenous groups throughout Australia. Hear about the Dreaming stories that relate to the night sky, and learn about how constellations like the Southern Cross and Orion are seen by Aboriginal Australians. The evening is strictly designed for the adult beginner, with little or no astronomical knowledge who would like to know more about the night sky and the constellations, as seen by the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia.

    Date Time Cost Astronomy Educator Status
    Saturday 28 November 2020 7.30pm to 9.30pm $35 per person Paul Curnow CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
  • The Night Sky minus-thick plus-thick

    Join astronomer Paul Curnow for a 10-week introductory astronomy  course at the Adelaide Planetarium.

    The Night SkyEver wondered how astronomers find their way around the night sky? Come and learn how to find the different constellations (patterns) in the sky and learn about the mythology related to them. Learn about the nine planets (including Pluto) in our solar system and some of the moons orbiting them. Discover the history behind astronomy and how early astronomers worked out the distances to stars, the magnitude of stars and more about the deep sky wonders of our galaxy.

    Learn about purchasing your first telescope and the best places to view the night sky. This is one of the few courses in the world that has access to a planetarium as a teaching tool.

    *This course is aimed at the adult beginner.

    Date Time Cost Status
    14 January - 17 March 2020 7.30pm to 10.00pm $220 per person BOOKED OUT
  • Cosmos of Ancient Egypt minus-thick plus-thick

    Cosmos of Ancient EgyptThe two earliest civilisations to provide us with writing and recording were those in Mesopotamia and Egypt.  It is through these writings that we have been able to gain insights, into the early minds of humankind, and how they believed the world and wider cosmos came into being.  What was the Ancient Egyptian view of the cosmos and how the world came into existence?  What do we know about Egyptian constellations?  In this talk I will introduce you to some of the cosmogony of Ancient Egypt.  In addition, I will look at the significance of the night sky and what we know about it from an Ancient Egyptian perspective.

    *This course is aimed at the adult beginner

    Date Time Cost Astronomy Educator Status
    Future dates TBA 7.30pm to 8.30pm $25 per person Paul Curnow  
  • All about Telescopes minus-thick plus-thick

    So you want a telescope for astronomy?

    Image of people with telescopesThis two hour course will cover the basics you need to know?

    • brief history of astronomical telescopes
    • how the different kinds of telescopes work
    • where to find objects in the sky
    • what you can see with different types of telescopes
    • what to look for when buying a telescope
    • how to use it correctly
    • and where to get more information
    Date Time Cost Astronomy Educator Status
    Future date TBA 7.30pm to 9.30pm $35 per person recommended age 10+ Martin Lewicki Book now
  • Beneath Australian Skies minus-thick plus-thick

    Courses - Beneath Australian SkiesEver wondered what you're looking at when you look up at the night sky?  Have you ever wanted someone to take you on a general tour of what we can see beneath Australian skies?  Do all cultures see the same, or are there differences?  Australia has some of the darkest skies in the world - that are well suited for those who like to ponder as they gaze skyward.  The celestial ballet of stars above is rich in story, myth and science.  Come on a general tour of the night sky with popular astronomer Paul Curnow - who has been taking audiences on cosmic journeys at the Adelaide Planetarium for nearly 30 years!  This session will also feature the full dome movie entitled 'Hot and Energetic Universe'.  

    * This course is aimed at the adult beginner - children under 16 not permitted.

    Date Time Cost Astronomy Educator Status
    Future dates TBA 7.30pm to 8.30pm $20 per person Paul Curnow Book now
  • Stars and Planets minus-thick plus-thick

    Discover where to find planets, how they move in the sky and the history behind their discovery.  Find out the best way to observe the planets and the stars, as well as how to use binoculars and digital cameras to capture star scapes.  Learn how to use star maps and identify constellations, why different stars only appear during certain seasons and much, much more! 

    Stars and planetsEach week will cover a different topic:

    • Week 1: Introduction to Astronomy
    • Week 2: Discover the Planets
    • Week 3: Tour of the Solar System
    • Week 4: Mapping the Sky
    • Week 5: Discover the Stars
    • Week 6: Backyard Astronomy
    • Week 7: The Great Telescopes
    • Week 8: The Universe and Beyond

    *Please note Thursday 5 September there will be no class due to another lecture being held at the Planetarium.

    Date Time Cost Astronomy Educator Status
    Future dates TBA 7.30pm to 10.00pm $210 per person Martin Lewicki  
  • Constellations of the Zodiac minus-thick plus-thick

    Constellations of the ZodiacIn our sky, we have 88-constellations that are recognised by the governing body in astronomy, the International Astronomical Union.  In particular, the constellations of the zodiac have fascinated people for eons.  Come to the Adelaide Planetarium and join astronomers Paul Curnow and Martin Lewicki to find out why.  Hear about the mythology behind the constellations of the zodiac, learn about the names of the stars and learn more about the science behind the stars and constellations.

    *This course is aimed at the adult beginner.

    Date Time Cost Astronomy Educator Status
    Future date TBA 7.30pm to 9.30pm $35 per person Paul Curnow and Martin Lewicki  
  • Ancient Skies minus-thick plus-thick

    Ancient SkiesHave you ever wondered about the origins of the constellations in the night sky?  Who first named them and where do they come from?  Do all cultures see the sky the same way?  In this six-week course on ‘ethnoastronomy’, you will learn about the stories and mythologies behind the constellations and how to identify some of them in the night sky.  Moreover, this course will focus on how Aboriginal Australians; Ancient Egyptians, American Indians and others view the sky in addition to examining their cosmogonies, stories, legends and myths relating to their patterns in the sky.  This is the only ethnoastronomy course in the world that uses a planetarium to teach you more about the world’s cultural astronomy.

    Date Time Cost Astronomy Educator Status
    Future date TBA 7.30pm to 9.30pm $200 per person Paul Curnow