13 Reopening Of The Moscow Planetarium

Reopening Of The Moscow Planetarium


Let’s enjoy the magic of the night sky by making an unforgettable journey to the Moscow Planetarium.

The Planetarium in Moscow was opened on November 5, 1929.  In the 1960s, the Planetarium was used as an educational center for the first Russian cosmonauts. It had been functioning till 1994 and closed after that due to bad condition. The building was abandoned for 17 years and then reopened on June 12, 2011 following reconstruction. Its dome was elevated and embraced another floor.

The ‘Uranium’ museum is located right on the first floor. It is dedicated to history of the planetarium and embraces various instruments and methods of Universe perception.

The first version of Carl Zeiss projector installed at the planetarium. It consists of two balls one of which is cut revealing the internal part of the device.

The second version of the projector. A metal screen rotating inside covers the lamp for a second making the stars twinkle.

This place is devoted to the sea.

Let’s climb the second level that embraces hall 2 of the ‘Urania’ museum. Here celestial bodies of the Universe are presented.

Models of all planets can be observed. The Earth and the Moon are on the foreground.

Collection of meteorites.

A large stellar hall is located on the third level. A modern projector of the starry arch is situated right here. A session lasts for 30 minutes. You will get a chance to look at the starry arch projection, listen to the story about celestial bodies and watch a movie about cosmic objects projected over the entire dome of the building.

The interactive museum ‘Lunarium’.

The exhibits explain various physical phenomena that can be  touched.

Flattening of a sphere during its rotation.

In vacuum a stone and a feather fall down with a similar speed.

Electronic chips are made of silicon monocrystals.

Space curvature (light triangle).

How a tornado is born.

The celestial park embracing ancient and new systems of Universe cognition are based in a park.

The indicators mark the distance between the objects and also their direction.

Two observatories with different refractors.

Radar telescope.

The clock has four vertical dials pointing at the north, west, south and east, as well as horizontal, polar and equatorial dials.

An armillary sphere  is a model of objects in the sky (in the celestial sphere), consisting of a spherical framework of rings, centred on Earth, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and other astronomically important features such as the ecliptic.

Vertical solar clock supplied with a calendar.

Equatorial and celestial clocks.

Stonehenge in miniature.

Did you know that Stonehenge was used as an observatory?

The arrow of Odyssey.

North celestial hemisphere.

Have you ever enjoyed looking at the celestial sky depicted on an umbrella?

The equatorial solar clock.

South hemisphere.

Location: Moscow

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13 Responses to “Reopening Of The Moscow Planetarium”

  1. historian says:

    This is really cool. I should visit.

  2. marxistworker says:

    Socialism is scientific! The quantum computer Universe is reality; ideas of the mind are reflections of the reality. Objective reality (matter) is the product of “information” created by the Big Bang c.13.5 billion years ago.

  3. John says:

    Nice, clean museum with lots of interesting exhibits.

    • Mitch says:

      Sean, I lived in Russia for years and also visit NY. There is no comparison, NY is far, far cleaner and modern, people in Russia are poor and ‘make do’, Moscow is a country into itself where the leaches feed upon their ill gotten gains while the rest starve out on Vodka.

  4. Sean says:

    I always loved Soviet architectural constructivism! It looks so cool, old style futuristic, which opened the way for the now well known international style. The planetarium of Moscow is legendary and it is reborn in such new state-of-the-art look.

  5. P. Hilton says:

    Cool, but science stuff makes my head hurt.

  6. Zonda says:

    Very nice and interesting location. Congratulation for the architect who design it.

  7. j s says:

    What is odd about the exhibits is that the signs are written first in German, then in Chinese, then in Russian then in English. Did the Germans build the museum?

    • Sean says:

      No, it was reconstructed by Russian corporation Monarch.
      http://mon-arch.ru/en/objects/46/770
      Just googled it. I think the reason the German and Chinese appear first is that they are considered more useful since due to the geographical reasons and easier ways to get a Russian Visa for citizens of continental Europe (and Germans are the most traveling nation in the world) and China in comparison to UK and US. So, Germans and Chinese are the most frequent visitors. I guess. This guess down not address why Russian is not first in the list.

  8. Nr.3.321 says:

    The marbles,the pyramides,the sunchasers and the meteorites,hell yeah,these are the things that have my attention right now,think about the strange weather effects in the atmosphere last few years……greetings from Holland

  9. skopeil says:

    beautiful…i love it..

  10. i am three times visit in blanetourium trichi first time there is bragscima 100 star nearest sun famile earth now nebullah nearest in earth,

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