The Silesian Planetarium

Overview

The Silesian Planetarium is the oldest and the biggest planetarium in Poland. The building was erected in the Silesian Park in 1955 to commemorate the great astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

The Silesian Planetarium

is the oldest and the biggest planetarium in Poland. The building was erected in the Silesian Park in 1955 to commemorate the great astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

For over 63 years the Silesian Planetarium was equipped with Zeiss star projector located under the 23-meter dome.

In 2011 the Planetarium hosted 31 teams from 29 countries participating in the 5th International Astronomy and Astrophysics OIympiad.

In 2018 the Silesian Voivodship Board decided to allocate over 92 million zloty from UE funds for the project „Planetarium – The Silesian Science Park. Modernization and expansion of the Silesian Planetarium in Chorzów” under Regional Operational Programme of the Voivodeship of Silesia 2014-2020.

The Silesian Planetarium will be expanded by a new building (2500 square meters), additional lecture rooms, laboratories, conference rooms and an unique educational exposition presenting three different branches of science: seismology, meteorology and astronomy.

An observation tower will be raised nearby the Planetarium, so the visitors will be able to see the panoramic view of nearby cities of Katowice, Siemianowice Śląskie and Chorzów.

The main Planetarium dome and main projection hall will be reconstructed. The classic Zeiss projector will be presented on a special exhibition and will be replaced by the latest hybrid analogue – digital display system.

Investment schedule

The end of the investment

has been scheduled for the end of 2020.

Notice

Although the Planetarium is closed for the public its employees carry on the educational mission by visiting the Silesian schools with a small mobile dome and organize after-school activities in the temporary headquarters in the Silesian Park.

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