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Romance Under the Stars

A risqué couples only Valentine’s Day star show at Carter Observatory

People have been watching the stars as long as we have been on Earth and the night sky has long been evocative of romantic love. On Friday 14 February, Carter Observatory presents its popular Valentine’s planetarium show for amorous couples to indulge in some seductive stargazing. “For the last two years, Valentine’s Night at Carter has sold out,” says event coordinator, Cory Anderson, “so this year we added an extra show. People are always smiling when they leave.”

You’ve heard the names—Venus, Eros, Aphrodite, Cupid, Zeus—but do you know how their stories are written in the stars and planets? Which two planets signify a god and goddess that had a clandestine affair? Just how many lovers did Zeus have, and what do they have to do with Jupiter’s moons? And what is Aotearoa’s great love story?

The answers to these questions and much more will be revealed while couples sip bubbly and relax in the state of the art Pelorus Trust Planetarium. Then, armed with more bubbles and sweet and savoury treats, passionate pairs can explore the Observatory and even take in some live star gazing through the historic Cooke Telescope (time and weather dependent).

18 and older event.
Shows at 6.30pm and 8.30pm
$90 per couple including bubbly, no single tickets. Bookings essential.


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