Experience science in VR
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The SciVR experience brings the incredible invisible Universe to you using virtual reality. Using our app on your smartphone and our custom designed cardboard VR headset, you'll delve into a whole new word 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 headsets are high quality Google Cardboard 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.



SciVR is available for Apple or Android, on whatever smartphone you have, and is best enjoyed through our cardboard headset. Enter the ballot for the chance to get a free headset or purchase one at the Swinburne Bookshop, alternatively you can always use your own. 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.



Online Streaming Talk

Download the app then get comfy and watch and listen to our live stream YouTube event on Saturday 17th August as you explore the app on your smartphone. Get ready from 1:30pm and the live stream starts at 2pm AEST. The talk will have live closed captioning and be recorded for later viewing!


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!

Mt Goat Brewery

Grab a delicious craft beer and catch the latest news in black holes with Alan Duffy and Rebecca Allen. Download the app and explore the universe. Mini VR headsets provided on arrival. Auslan Interpreters confirmed.


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!

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.