Otago Museum’s Perpetual Guardian Planetarium

by Insiders Dunedin

The Perpetual Guardian Planetarium. Is that not the coolest name ever?

I’ve been following Ian Griffin on Twitter long enough to have developed some appreciation for the beauty of the night sky and realise that Hooper Inlet’s is kind of a big deal in terms of astronomy observation but I am not really a sciencey-space person.

The words of the Science Communicator washed over me like waves lapping on a warm shore.  “Earth turns on its axis”, “waxing gibbous”, “hydrogen converts to helium” and “tidal lock”. The soundtrack, particularly the simple piano, was incredibly relaxing.  My favourite part was when we were invited to enjoy the experience anyway we chose, including napping. I fully expected to nana nap but the show was too captivating.  A positively magical experience- bring your Harry Potter fans!

The story of space.

Romantic names of the moon include the seas of tranquillity and serenity; the ocean of storms.  The Milky Way is also known as the kete- a basket knocked over, spilling out stars.  And in every good story, there is a villain. Mercury was described “amazingly hostile” which is how I’d describe my rage-toddler some days.

My 5 year old was captivated by the science of the red spot on Jupiter; a storm which has been raging for 400 hundred years. She turned to whisper to me, “I feel like I’m in a rocket ship.”

I am far more enamoured with the poetry of the stars than the science but the thing about the night sky is that you can’t separate the two. 

Also, the Otago Museum is the home of the $3 bagel and fresh cream cheese in 3 flavours. And the fluffies are FFFFFRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE with a hot drink. Is that family-friendly or what?!

Star light, Star bright. The first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might…



Post submitted by Adrienne Buckingham

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