Do you like the view of a starry night sky? Our planetarium is able to conjure up an artificial but beautiful sky before your very eyes. But there is much more it can do.
The planetarium hall is without exaggeration the “heart” of the whole building and that is also where our name comes from. In this ‘astronomical cinema’ you can admire a faithful imitation of the starry sky with stars, constellations, planets, the Moon, the Sun and other astronomical objects.
Our artificial sky can rotate in all possible directions, so there is no problem seeing celestial bodies rise and set within a short amount of time, looking at constellations of the southern hemisphere or admiring stellar mythology.
But that is not everything. In addition to the classic opto-mechanical projector, in the planetarium hall, we also have a digital projector which not only simulates the night sky but also makes a journey to the Solar system and the distant universe possible. Thanks to this projection system, another unique novelty was added in the hall: the spherical cinema.
What is it? In an ordinary cinema, you can see the picture only in front of you on the screen. In a spherical cinema, however, the image is projected on a dome and so the viewers can see the image all around them – not only in front of them but also at their right, left and even behind them! The viewer is, therefore, much more drawn into the story without any special tools. Spherical movies do not necessarily have to be about the universe so we also want to include movies of diverse topics.
The planetarium hall is equipped with the most up-to-date hybrid planetarium and a projection dome of 13.2 meters in diameter for a perfect view of the universe. This unique equipment consists of the Evans and Sutherland digital planetarium which is synchronized with the Pandia opto-mechanical planetarium via Digistar 5 software.
Thanks to this combination, we can perfectly project a starry night sky, planets and other objects as viewed from Earth, but we can as well fly through the observable universe and look at countless cosmic objects such as exoplanets, comets, galaxies, nebulae or star clusters in great detail.