AstroTours educate audiences about astronomy using innovative virtual reality technologies developed by Swinburne's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. 

These highly entertaining sessions include movies, animations and simulations — all produced by our in-house team of astronomers, visualisation researchers, animators, artists and programmers.

Each AstroTour is hosted by a professional astronomer who can adapt the content to the requirements and learning outcomes of the audience. 

AstroTours are available for primary and secondary school groups as well as the general public. They are recommended for audiences aged 7 years or over.

A comprehensive manual for the use of AstroTour, including information and screenshots from our extensive range of astronomy education content, is available here.

Swinburne 3D Productions 2010 Showreel
  • "As the 3D screen starts up I almost fell off the seat because it feels as if you are in space with these heavenly bodies: stars, planets and even a forming galaxy, all revolving in spectacular detail."

    Andrew Stephens , The Age

Primary School Tours

Your AstroTour guide will investigate the concepts of night and day and the seasons on Earth, before heading out to explore the other planets of the Solar System. 

Alternatively, teachers can choose to customise the AstroTour to suit the interests of their students. 

Each student will have access to a pair of special 3D glasses, adding a whole other dimension to their learning experience! 

Details

Seats available: 55

Duration: 50 minutes

Cost: A$7.70 per head (Inc. GST)

Bookings

School group bookings can be made for any time. Contact Dr Rebecca Allen at astrotour@swinburne.edu,

You will need to provide the requested date, the year level attending, name of school, contact person and phone number.

Secondary School Tours

These focus primarily on stars, galaxies and cosmology.

Your AstroTour guide will discuss the life and death of stars through the 3D movies Our Sun and After Stars.  

Teachers are also invited to customise the AstroTour to suit the interests of their students. 

Each student will have access to a pair of special 3D glasses, adding a whole other dimension to their learning experience! 

Details

Seats available: 55

Duration: 50 minutes

Cost: A$8.80 per head (Inc. GST)

Bookings

School group bookings can be made for any time. Contact Dr Rebecca Allen at astrotour@swinburne.edu,

You will need to provide the requested date, the year level attending, name of school, contact person and phone number.

Public AstroTours 

We run public AstroTours during the Easter, winter, spring and summer school holidays. Public AstroTours are suitable for adults and children over seven years of age. Due to limited seating, bookings are essential!

Details

Seats available: 55

Duration: 50 minutes

Suitable for: Ages 7 and over

Cost: A$10 per person (Inc. GST)

AstroTour 2020 Dates: TBA

Bookings

To book tickets, please fill out this form

For more information contact  Dr Diana Cousens at assistant@astro.swinburne.edu.au 

You will need to provide your name, phone number, and number of tickets required. Payment can be made by cash or cheque (made out to ’Swinburne University’) on the day. If you are not able to attend on the day, or need to cancel your booking, please let as know as soon as possible as there may be other people on the waiting list for our public sessions.

Where are AstroTour sessions held?

All AstroTour sessions are held in the Virtual Reality (VR) Theatre (Room AR104) on the ground floor of the AR Building at the Hawthorn Campus.
Follow our directions to Swinburne University and the VR Theatre on the day of your booking.

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Need more information?

If you have any questions about AstroTours, please contact Dr Rebecca Allen.

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