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Silesian Planetarium

Planetarium Slaskie 07The oldest and largest planetarium in Poland. It was designed by Zbigniew Solawa, an architect from Krakow acclaimed for his unconventional and innovative concept of the building.The planetarium was officially opened on 4 December, 1955 and built to commemorate the legendary achievements of Nicolaus Copernicus. The inside of the 23m-high dome is used as a screen imitating sky on which the images of planets, constellations and other celestial bodies are displayed.

Thanks to a special and unique projector almost 400 people seated on comfortable, specially-designed armchairs enjoy a state-of-art, dynamic view of an artificial, night sky. Visitors (in particular school children) can also participate in lectures, presentations, special events, geography/astronomy lessons and electronic music live concerts. The planetarium also hosts scientists and researchers, a weather forecast institute and a seismic monitoring station.

There is also an observatory equipped with one of the Poland's largest 30-centimetre lens telescope able to magnify objects as much as 750 times. A clear sky gives the visitors an opportunity to admire the sun, the moon, the planets, constellations and sometimes even planetoids and comets. The enormous sundial located at the planetarium's central patio is another tourist attraction. The stairs leading up to the main entrance are guarded by a statue of Nicolaus Copernicus, the patron of the Silesia Planetarium. In 2011 the Planetarium hosted 31 teams from 29 countries participating in the 5th International Astronomy and Astrophysics OIympiad.

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