Above: Hamilton Secondary College’s new planetarium has a full-dome ceiling and cutting edge projection equipment.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S SECOND PERMANENT PLANETARIUM has been officially opened at Hamilton Secondary College in Adelaide’s suburbs.

The planetarium is part of the College’s $9.165 million facilities upgrade, adding to the school’s current Space Academy and Space Education Centre.

The facility has a full-dome ceiling and cutting edge equipment to project the night sky and other scenes.

The College’s Principal, Peta Kourbelis, said it is an exciting time for the school community.

“We are excited to extend our current immersive space programs such as Mission to Mars to support SA students’ interest in pursuing space careers with our rapidly growing space ecosystem in Australia,” said Ms Kourbelis.

Delivered by architects Totalspace Design and builders Marshall and Brougham, the upgrade includes a new performing arts building providing a 152-seat theatre, two music learning areas, music practice rooms, a new canteen, and a multipurpose space incorporating the planetarium.

Above: Hamilton Secondary College already has an excellent Space Academy and Space Education Centre.

South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall, said the new facility will support the school’s space program and ensure the state’s youth are positioned to take advantage of careers in South Australia’s growing space sector.

“Hamilton Secondary College has skyrocketed to their position as a leading player in the space education field, building on their strong focus on pathways in STEM and advanced technologies,” said Premier Marshall.

“South Australia is now home to more than 90 space-related organisations, making the state the undisputed national centre of Australia’s space industry and creating incredible career opportunities for many years to come.

“There’s never been a better time to consider a future in the space industry and the planetarium opens up new and immersive world-class learning opportunities for students at the college.”