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.
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.