Astronomer Chris Arkless is taking a break from stargazing to turn his eye back to his own planet in a new show at The Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. Entitled Our Living Planet, the 30-minute show will examine the impact of climate change and the causes behind it.
Mr Arkless said Our Living Climate is a great way to learn about climate change and is suitable for all ages.
"Throughout the 30-minute screening of Our Living Climate, we'll explore the effect that life in general, and humans in particular, have had in altering the climate," Mr Arkless said.
Our Living Climate brings the human impact on climate change centre stage, described as "arguably the greatest challenge of our time".
"It's a fantastic way for all ages to learn about climate change and the factors contributing to it," Mr Arkless said.
"We're particularly happy to have Our Living Climate available in the final week of school holidays for families to enjoy."
The show won't be entirely terrestrial, however, with Mr Arkless turning viewers' attention back to the stars at the end of each showing.
"To conclude each show, we'll explore what tonight's night sky will look like and what to look out for with the Planetarium's Zeiss star projector, which is always great fun."
Our Living Planet will be shown alongside a myriad of others shows at The Planetarium aimed at kids during the school holidays.
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These include another show that's close to home, The Sun: Our Living Star - which was produced by the European Southern Observatory and arrives after premiering at the International Planetarium Society Conference in France - as well as Tycho to the Moon, which aims to teach children about light and day, space travel, phases of the Moon, and features of the lunar surface.
Meanwhile in the wider QVMAG, the Natural Visions exhibition is displaying how Tasmania's unique natural environment has continued to inspire photographers for more than a century, while Estuary: below the surface takes a look at the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary and how it's played an important role in the lives of Tasmanians for more than 40,000 years.
Following a premier on Tuesday, Our Living Planet is now on show at the Launceston Planetarium. For a full list of screening dates and times, visit www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/planetarium.
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