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The SciVR experience brings our incredible Universe to you using virtual reality. With our app on your smartphone and our foldable VR headset, you'll delve into a whole new world of science. This initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week and we thank them and our supporters Swinburne University and OzGrav for making it all possible. If you have any questions about the science, or have something you’d like to see in SciVR then why not head to our Twitter or Facebook page and ask us?

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VR Headsets


SciVR headsets give the best VR experience for the SciVR app; your gateway to a universe of science, bringing the cosmos to you, on your smartphone. The personal headsets are high quality ABS folding VR glasses and fit most smartphones (but not tablets). 


Thanks to the support of Inspiring Australia and the Australian Government we are excited to offer free headsets to a limited number of people for this National Science Week project. One headset registration per household.

Headsets are on their way to 200 lucky people! If you did not receive one they are available to purchase in person at the Swinburne bookstore. Other carriers that have compatible and inexpensive headsets are - Kmart, Umart and Amazon.



SciVR is available for Apple or Android, on whatever smartphone you have, and is best enjoyed through our foldable headsets or through google cardboard. If you don't have a headset, don’t worry, SciVR will still let you explore the cosmos in non-VR mode. We do not collect personal information, please see our Privacy Policy for more details.



SciVR let’s anyone explore the cosmos freed from an auditorium or lecture hall, but sharing this journey with others is still pretty special so we like to put on live events, where we talk you through your VR exploration of the Universe.

NSWk 2019

Online Streaming Talk
Sat 17th August
2:00pm AEST

Get ready from 1:30pm for a livestream start at 2pm AEST. The talk will have live closed captioning and be recorded for later viewing!

Mt Goat Brewery
Thurs 15th August

Mini VR headsets provided on arrival. Auslan Interpreters confirmed.

Regional Viewing Parties

Want to enjoy the fun of SciVR at a viewing party during our streaming event? Check out the list of locations across Victoria, in other states, and even in Malaysia below!



Bendigo Library

Bookings: Here or 0354492771

Romsey Library / HUB

Bookings: Here or 03 5428 3086

Wangaratta Library

Bookings: 03 5721 2366 or


 Yarra Ranges Tech School

Cost: $5

Bookings: 03 9286 9584 or


Lalor Library

Bookings: Here or 03 9088 2353

Emerald Secondary College with Mt Burnett Observatory


Wellington Shire Library Service - Sale Library

Cost: Free

Bookings: 03 5142 3146 or


TAS - Rosny Library
Bookings: Here

ACT - McDonald Room - Menzies Library

Bookings: Here or

NSW - Gundagai Library
Cost: $2
Bookings: 02 6944 0270 or

NSW - Wagga Wagga City Library

Bookings: E:

NSW - Bland Shire Library

Cost: $4

Bookings: 02 6979 0272

QLD - Helensvale Library & Cultural Centre

Bookings: Here or 07 5581 1625 or



Different Time Zones - Live

Saturday, August 17 2019. 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ACST

NT - Alice Springs Public Library

Bookings: Here or 08 8950 0511

Saturday, August 17 2019. 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM AWST

WA - University of Western Australia


Bookings: Here

WA - Gravity Discovery Centre

Cost: $14

Bookings: E:

Saturday, August 17th 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Malaysia, Kuching

Swinburne Sarawak

Bookings: Here

Different times - Not Live

Friday, August 16 2019. 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

TAS - Queenstown Library, West Coast Community Services Hub

Bookings: 03 6495 1530 or


Friday, August 16 2019. 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

TAS - Scottsdale Library

51 King Street, Scottsdale, TAS, 7260

Bookings: Here

Wednesday, August 14 2019. 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
SA -
Naracoorte Public Library
Bookings: 08 8762 2338


2018 Recorded talk

Below is our talk from NSWk 2018 at Mt Goat Brewery featuring  Prof Alan Duffy and Dr Rebecca Allen. You can still enjoy SciVR by downloading the app and following along with us on your own headset!

In 2018, we celebrated National Science Week with two huge live events at State Library Victoria and Mt Goat Brewery, and several region viewing parties!

KiD's fun sheets

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We've designed some special activities for our budding astronomers to go along with the scenes in the SciVR app.


Teacher Assets

These classroom materials focus on key science concepts introduced in the SciVR app. They are appropriate for years 10-12.


Want to Keep Exploring?

Venture into the past with digitised copies of ground breaking astronomy texts.



Have a question about SciVR? 

Check out how to get your headset ready to go from Lisa in the video below!


Do I need a smartphone for the live event?

No, but it’s a better experience if you bring one. If you are at the State Library of Victoria or Mountain Goat Brewery event you will be able to watch Prof Alan Duffy and Dr Rebecca Allen describe the science in person, and the VR (virtual reality) content will also be shown on a screen. If you bring your smartphone to these events, download the SciVR app and we will give you a bespoke VR Google cardboard headset to put your phone into and watch the VR content. If you are attending a regional Victorian viewing party at a library the content will be livestreamed so you can see and hear Alan and Rebecca, and you will receive a VR headset as well.


Can I bring my children to a live event?

Yes. The session runs for a full hour (sitting down) so we are recommending ages 10 and up, but everyone is welcome.


I can’t travel to a live event - can I still participate?

Yes. The Sunday and Thursday events will be live-streamed so you can watch it online via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter Periscope.


What kind of phone do I need?

A smartphone: Android (6 and up) or iOS (iPhone 6 and up recommended, but will also work on iPhone 5 and 5S) and access to the iTunes store or Google Play to download the free app.


Do I need to bring a VR headset to the live events?

No. A headset will be provided when you arrive at the event. You can take it home and keep exploring the app later.