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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


A big thanks to everyone that registered in our headset ballot and to those that generously donated a headset! They are on their way!! If you were not successful in the ballot you still have time to purchase a headset.


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). 



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.

This year we will celebrate National Science Week with two huge live events, and several region viewing parties.


State Library Victoria

12th August 2018

Doors open at 1:30pm
Event from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us on the 12th August, for a daytime tour of the invisible Universe. We will provide everyone with SciVR headsets to take them from the majestic Village Roadshow Theatrette into a world of colliding black holes and microscopic wonders.

This is a free event, to book
Phone: 03 8664 7099



Mt Goat Brewery

16th August 2018

Doors open at 6:30 pm
Event from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

One for the adults, with a beer in hand we'll explore the Universe on the 16th August, we will provide everyone with a SciVR headset to take them from this cool inner-city brewery to even cooler world of black holes and microscopic scales.

You can purchase tickets here.


Regional Viewing Parties

Across Victoria, we’ll be hosting viewing parties for the live talks at regional libraries. Headsets will be provided for registered guests, spaces are limited.

Sunday August 12th, 1:30-3:00pm

Frankston Library - 60 Playne St, Frankston, VIC, 3199

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Sale Library - 70 Foster St, Sale, VIC, 3850

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Stawell Library - 7-9 Sloane St, Stawell, VIC, 3380


Wangaratta Library - 21 Docker Street, Wangaratta, VIC, 3677

p: 0357212366 e:

Swinburne Sarawak - Q5A, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia                          Registration

Thursday August 16th, 6:30-8:00pm

Daylesford Library - Vincent Street, Daylesford, VIC, 3460

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Goldfields Libraries – Bendigo 259 Hargreaves St , Bendigo, VIC, 3552


Maryborough Regional Library - 91 Nolan St, Maryborough, VIC, 3465

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Mornington Peninsula Libraries - Vancouver St, Mornington, VIC, 3931

p: 0359501705 e:

Emerald and Mt Burnett's Observatory - Mount Burnett, VIC, 3781


Swan Hill Library Service - 53 Campbell St, Swan Hill, VIC, 3585

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Yarra Plenty Regional Library - 57-61 Laurel St, Whittlesea, VIC, 3757

p: 0394378189


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.


For our remote viewers:
Live streams

Watch this space for live streams of our talks.


Below is a recorded livestream event  from 2017 which features Dr Alan Duffy and Dr Katie Mack in their presentation of the SciVR app, the associated headset and our amazing universe!



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.