During summer of 2009, the Astronomy Centre Rijeka organizes screenings in English for tourist every Wednesday from July 15 to September 2. In July (on 15, 22 and 29 July), the programme will feature a classic work of popular astronomy Planets in Sight, and in August (on 12, 19 and 26 August) and on September 2, a popular video show on the history of the telescope called Two Pieces of Glass.
Apart from these 30-minute video presentations in English language, the visitors will have the opportunity to do some sky observing through telescope with expert guidance in the observatory. This will provide a unique introduction to our solar system, asteroids, and comets, as well as a chance to learn a little bit more about the history of the telescope and admire the beauty of the summer sky.
Show time in the planetarium is scheduled for 21h. After the show the visitors can tour the observatory and have a look at the stars through the telescope.
Admission (VAT included):
* Must present student/pensioner ID.
Bookings/enquiries: Tuesday to Saturday; 12 noon–14pm, 17pm–18pm
PH (051) 455 700
Address: Astronomical Centre Rijeka - Info Office, Sveti Križ 33, Rijeka.
Summary of video shows:
Planets in Sight, documentary – a classic work of popular astronomy (a 3D video animation – 33 minutes)
Designed for wider public, this film takes us on an unforgettable journey to the very beginnings of our solar system thanks to breathtaking panoramic images. We will planet-hopping to learn about their distinctive features, their moons, asteroids and comets. We well encounter celestial bodies forever inhabiting the night sky and find out about their movement in space that keeps surprising and mesmerizing us. Also, we will observe the collision of the Shoemaker Levy 9 comet with Jupiter and get to know some more about the destiny of our Sun.
Two Small Pieces of Glass, an award winning documentary story on history and development of the telescope (film + 3D video animation – 30 minutes)
Aimed at the young and wider public, this film explores the Galilean moons, Saturn’s rings, spiral structure of galaxies, and many other discoveries these tools have made throughout the history of astronomy. How does a telescope work? How do the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe? What are the challenges of the latest generation of observatories? To find out the answers to these and many other questions, join us in this astronomical quest featuring an exceptional soundtrack performed by the renowned London Symphony Orchestra.
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