Goodbye Planetarium?

Fiona 24 January 2008 30

I heard on the grapevine that the Canberra Planetarium/Observatory was closing again… The newest media release was from the start of 2007 when in apparently reopened.

Any ideas if this is true, and why?

(not that I’ve ever been there… maybe that’s why?)

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30 Responses to Goodbye Planetarium?
sloppery sloppery 3:16 pm 12 Nov 09

Shitarium. Hee hee!

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 8:44 pm 11 Nov 09

I think the song was called ‘sanitarium’, but it’s basically the same rhyming phonetics, so who really cares?

Anyone else know what happened to the sanitarium?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 4:08 pm 11 Nov 09

Actually, I think Metallica did a song called ‘planetarium’.

Someone whould set the planetarium up again. And use the Metallica song as the theme.

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 4:03 pm 11 Nov 09

Hmmmm I wonder what happened to the hardware – I didn’t see any of the cool stuff at Revolve.

busgirl busgirl 3:52 pm 11 Nov 09

You probably already know that the Planetarium/Downer Club was owned by the Tradies Empire :-)…I know that all the bikes that used to be on display at the Dickson Tradies Club went into storage at the place that used to be the Daramalan Club (just down the road a bit)…they owned that club too. Maybe all the Planetarium stuff went there too…well the stuff small enough to store in there anyway. I would say that someone at the Tradies (either Dicko or Woden) would be able to point you in the direction of where the stuff would have ended up.

sloppery sloppery 3:51 pm 11 Nov 09

Someone mentioned to me recently that it was all in storage somewhere.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 2:59 pm 11 Nov 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Whatever became of the planetarium? Perhaps it’s contents could go to the National Museum.

Where did the planetarium stuff go? Anyone know?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 4:51 pm 18 Dec 08

Whatever became of the planetarium? Perhaps it’s contents could go to the National Museum.

NH NH 10:05 am 31 Jan 08

wow, the tumbleweed joke, you have talkl the classics VYBerlinaV8

VYBerlinaV8 VYBerlinaV8 6:34 pm 29 Jan 08

[sighing breeze… tumbleweed rolls across screen…]

VYBerlinaV8 VYBerlinaV8 11:15 pm 25 Jan 08

Great work, Astrojax. Kudos.

Fiona Fiona 10:12 pm 25 Jan 08

Well, thankyou to those who replied with something that helped 🙂

fnaah fnaah 4:28 pm 25 Jan 08

RiotACT needs a logo on the front page:

“Please don’t feed the trolls.”

Mælinar Mælinar 4:23 pm 25 Jan 08

I have a tweed jacket and a pipe if anybody is interested.

West_Kambah_4eva West_Kambah_4eva 2:19 pm 25 Jan 08

Are you saying there’s no English professors in West Kambah?!

NH NH 1:39 pm 25 Jan 08

Prolly wouldnt be as cool though they’d change the whole feel of the place…boo.

NH NH 1:38 pm 25 Jan 08

James-T-Kirk: Got pedantic? 😛

Considering Questacon owns one of the telescopes, I’m hoping they might take the whole thing on – or indeed that anyone might. They have school groups staying overnight at Questacon, it would be a fun and educational thing ot do 🙂

caf caf 1:14 pm 25 Jan 08

If you follow the thread, POAC is explained in the third comment, by “NH”.

The idea about persuading Questacon to take it on is a good one, but almost certainly not achievable.

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 1:12 pm 25 Jan 08

While I am on the subject – It is disgraceful that the owners of the club continue to leave large slabs of the club empty. With the new bus shelters no longer providing shelter to the homeless, they could at least open the space up as sleeping space.

Would that be tax deductable???

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 1:08 pm 25 Jan 08

Well, given that individuals within the group have an unknown way of communicating that they are unhappy about sharing, we simply need to define our own. Alternately, we have discovered that the writer is a grad student who is using a computer without a shift key…

The character sequence in question:

“patently, berlina, nh does. and a group known as poac. and me. back to your cave…”

berlina could mean VYBerlinaV8 – I suspect that it does in this context.

nh – Could mean Nick Hornsby – Does he post here. nh – could also mean Normal Humans – This then causes grammar problems – nh does -> Normal humans does (sic) – Perhaps the writer meant Normal humans ‘do’ (nh do)?

poac – This is a tough one – People of average culture? Persons otherthan Anthony Charlton? Politically ordinary average citizens? – Ahhh THATS IT – Potentially Ordinary Average Citizens. If we are talking about averages, has there been some sort of survey to identify what the average person on the street believes? That would sort it out.

In any case – The demise of the Planetarium is sad – I used to take youth groups there twice a year. But, just like the Bulletin, when the person who is paying the money decides that they don’t want to continue pouring money into the pit, things close.

Of course – we could ask the ACT Government to fund it in a new location – They could run it like the bus service – a true loss leader.

The true reality of land in North/Central Canberra is that the money obtained from flogging off the asset to a developer far outweighs the money obtained from keeping it. Remember that property owners have to be careful to ensure that they don’t end up holding a ‘Heritage Listed’ property , so simply bulldozing the things at 49 years of age is the best thing to do.

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