How to be a Classy Nerd

Since I was a kid, I’ve always stared up at the stars in wonder and dragged my parents to the science center whenever I could.  Which is why, when we found out the local planetarium was having a special wine and bread night, we couldn’t pass it up.

Stardome sign_1280_for_WebThe Stardome planetarium is located in a park right next to One Tree Hill, one of the fantastic lookout spots near Auckland.  It’s not particularly huge, but it was recently rennovated and has a nice little museum display complete with some interactive displays.  Of course, the main event we were there for was The Stories of the Stars, one of a series of Tuesday night special events that they hold once a week.  We were ushered into the planetarium, where our two hosts took us through a number of constellations, covering both the stories behind them and then zooming in to show the nebulae, galaxies, and other objects that can be found within them.


Intermission brought wine and a spread of bread and various dips.  This is where you could really see cultural norms at work as it looked like a large amount to Naoko and I but the kiwis there were complaining of such little volume.  Either way, it was tasty and helped us discover both eggplant hummus and spinach basil dip.

Unfortunately, it was a cloudy night so we didn’t get a chance to use the telescope, but we went back in the planetarium for some more explanation.  The wine was showing itself as we weren’t quite so successful in whispering quietly, but no popcorn was thrown, so I’ll call it a success.

For NZ$25, it was a brilliant night, and much recommended.

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