Out of this world: Discovery is running virtual reality events for all ages to experience space exploration. Photo: SUPPLIED

Blast off to space these holidays

April 7, 2021 BY

IMMERSE yourself in the outer space and discover the universe in the palm of your hand at Discovery.

The Discovery Science and Technology Centre has partnered with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, or OzGrav, to deliver two space exploration activities.

General manager of Discovery Alissa Van Soest said the OzGrav technology allows for a fully immersive experience.

“The best way to explore the universe is to bring the universe to them,” she said.

“It seems so abstract when you’re trying to imagine anything beyond the stars that you can see in the night sky, so they’re using all these different sorts of technology to help people understand and get really excited about space.”

The children’s event is today, while a second event for older kids and space enthusiasts will be run by Swinburne University PhD students on Friday, 16 April.

“People usually associate Discovery as being for little kids,” Ms Van Soest said. “We wanted to make sure that people who love space and are curious, of all ages, get an opportunity to be a part of this experience.

“You don’t just stop being excited and being curious once you get out of primary school.

“So, by running two events, a children’s event and an enthusiasts’ event, we’re hoping that people will feel like they’re able to really engage with it and have fun with it at a level that suits them.”

Ms Van Soest said Discovery is thrilled to be running school holiday events.

“Since we’ve been open, we’ve been busy and we’re asking people to jump online and prebook so they’re not disappointed at the door if we reach capacity,” she said.

For tickets, go to Discovery’s Facebook page or visit discovery.asn.au.