North Shore Times : December 23rd 2010
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O er valid 1st Jan-31st Jan 2011 Buy 1 Get 1 FREE FREE CRUNCHIE ICE CREAM WHEN YOU PURCHASE A TICKET TO NARNIA THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER Coupon must be presented. One coupon per customer. Valid with a full priced movie ticket. Expires 24th Dec 2010 Enjoy Narnia & Megamind in Coupon must be presented. O er valid for Gold Class sessions before 5pm. Child ticket is valid for 14 years and under. 2D movies only. Expires 31st December 2010 CHILD GOLD CLASS TICKET 5 $ ONLY with a full paying adultt Reaching for the stars Space age: The Magic Planet display in Stardome's upgraded foyer. In focus: Stardome staff keep watch on the night sky. Sky eye: Auckland's Stardome is one of the city's treasures. Peter Eley takes a trip to infinity and beyond without leaving his seat. You can relive the first nanoseconds of the Big Bang in the unlikely vicinity of One Tree Hill, travel through a black hole or take a trip outside the Milky Way. This mindbending experience comes courtesy of the Auckland Stardome, where you can sit back with a glass of wine while you take in the cosmos. The Stardome is an observatory with an indoor planetarium and like Auckland Zoo and Motat it is funded partly from rates through the regional amenities levy. Arguably it's the second cousin to those two and hasn't had such a high profile. It had its genesis in 1948 when the Auckland Astronomical Society began fundraising and almost 20 years later, the Stardome Observ- atory opened in 1967. The planetarium was added in 1997 after a major fundraising effort. A major cash boost came from reclusive Hong Kong businessman Sir Po Shing Woo in 1997 and the building still bears his name. And like a distant planet, contact has now been lost. Exactly how we came to be in touch with him I can't say,'' Stardome chief executive David Houldsworth says. Some local Chinese people introduced him and he donated a sum of money with the condition that the building bears his name. We'd like to track him down and ask for some more money.'' But the Stardome has had a major facelift this year which has seen new displays and interactive exhibits in the foyer and an upgraded projection system. That's on top of the facility's centrepiece, a Zeiss telescope which can focus on Jupiter's moons, the rings on Saturn and other wonders of our solar system. It dates from the 1960s but is still the most powerful publicly access- ible telescope in New Zealand. The upgraded venue was opened on November 5 by Science and Technology Minister Wayne Mapp, who is a long-standing member of the Auckland Astronomical Society which is based at the Stardome. Half of the funding for the facility comes from the regional amenities levy, and a third from paying customers. Many of these are schools, with up to six groups of children a day seeing the stars. Some shows are off limits for the youngsters. They don't get to disappear down a black hole, or get get accelerated through the Large Hadron Collider, which replicates quantum particles being smashed in the search for clues to the origins of the universe. We don't show them things might scare them or give them motion sickness, Mr Houldsworth says. Instead, children get shows such as The Little Star That Could, or one about a dog whose kennel turns into a rocket and goes to the moon. Mr Houldsworth has a strong commercial background and was a down-to-earth managing director of Hellaby Holdings before taking the helm at the Stardome. But most of the other 32 staff, many part-time, have their sights on the stars rather than the bottom line. Some have formal qualifications, but the main requirement is a keen interest in astronomy,'' Mr Houldsworth says. And there is a serious side to the Stardome. A second, more powerful tele- scope, is based there and used solely for research. It maintains a lonely vigil, tracking the sky for changes in the pattern of stars, sending its infor- mation back to a computer. But the main focus is education through fun. That's typified by one of the new displays, a video game that lets players put on a NASA suit and walk on the moon. More is planned and Mr Houldsworth wants to keep the Stardome up to scratch inter- nationally. I have been to a number of inter- national observatories and planetariums and can proudly say that we now have a truly world- class facility here.''
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