Per aspera ad astra: The revival of the Moscow Planetarium

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After 17 years of renovation, the Moscow Planetarium officially opened on June 13. It is one of the largest planetariums in the world and the oldest in Russia.

After 17 years of renovation, the Moscow Planetarium officially opened on June 13. It is one of the largest planetariums in the world and the oldest in Russia.

© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Samarin / Go to the photo bankAfter 17 years of renovation, the Moscow Planetarium officially opened on June 13. It is one of the largest planetariums in the world and the oldest in Russia. Photo: A renovated hall at the Moscow Planetarium.
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After 17 years of renovation, the Moscow Planetarium officially opened on June 13. It is one of the largest planetariums in the world and the oldest in Russia. Photo: A renovated hall at the Moscow Planetarium.
© RIA Novosti . Aleksandr Polyakov / Go to the photo bankThe Moscow Planetarium was established following a decision by the Moscow Council for Promoting Universe Studies. It first opened its doors to visitors on Nov. 5, 1929.
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The Moscow Planetarium was established following a decision by the Moscow Council for Promoting Universe Studies. It first opened its doors to visitors on Nov. 5, 1929.
© RIA Novosti . V. Bujnovski / Go to the photo bankA planetarium lecturer points out the flight path of the fourth Sputnik-series spacecraft.
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A planetarium lecturer points out the flight path of the fourth Sputnik-series spacecraft.
© RIA Novosti . Maximov / Go to the photo bankThe Stratospheric Committee started work at the planetarium in the 1930s. Members studied the upper atmosphere and jet propulsion.
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The Stratospheric Committee started work at the planetarium in the 1930s. Members studied the upper atmosphere and jet propulsion.
© RIA Novosti . Maximov / Go to the photo bankThe planetarium featured lectures under an artificial sky. The first cosmonauts were taught theory here.
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The planetarium featured lectures under an artificial sky. The first cosmonauts were taught theory here.
© RIA Novosti . Aleksandr Lyskin / Go to the photo bankIn 1990, the planetarium opened an observatory with the largest telescope in Moscow.
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In 1990, the planetarium opened an observatory with the largest telescope in Moscow.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankAfter renovation the Moscow Planetarium has become one of the largest in the world. Its area has increased almost six-fold to 17,000 square meters. It can hold about 1,000 visitors.
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After renovation the Moscow Planetarium has become one of the largest in the world. Its area has increased almost six-fold to 17,000 square meters. It can hold about 1,000 visitors.
© RIA Novosti . Valeriy Melnikov / Go to the photo bankThe new planetarium features not only large-scale models of cosmic bodies, but also the technical achievements of the past, such as Foucault's pendulum.
Photo: Foucault's pendulum and a model Moon inside the planetarium.
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The new planetarium features not only large-scale models of cosmic bodies, but also the technical achievements of the past, such as Foucault's pendulum.
Photo: Foucault's pendulum and a model Moon inside the planetarium.
© RIA Novosti . Valeriy Melnikov / Go to the photo bankThe planetarium also features an exhibition dedicated to great scholars who immensely contributed to science’s knowledge of the universe.
Photo: The figure of the Polish scientist Nicolaus Copernicus in the Moscow planetarium.
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The planetarium also features an exhibition dedicated to great scholars who immensely contributed to science’s knowledge of the universe.
Photo: The figure of the Polish scientist Nicolaus Copernicus in the Moscow planetarium.
© RIA Novosti . Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankThe project designers hoped the Moscow Planetarium would become a modern cosmological center. Today, the building has several floors. The Urania museum showcases exhibits from before the planetarium’s renovation.
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The project designers hoped the Moscow Planetarium would become a modern cosmological center. Today, the building has several floors. The Urania museum showcases exhibits from before the planetarium’s renovation.
© RIA NovostiOn the third floor, visitors can see meteorite fragments and a model of the solar system.
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On the third floor, visitors can see meteorite fragments and a model of the solar system.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankThe planetarium's open astronomical site features about 30 astronomical instruments, sundials and even a replica of a Stonehenge stone monument.
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The planetarium's open astronomical site features about 30 astronomical instruments, sundials and even a replica of a Stonehenge stone monument.
© RIA Novosti . Valeriy Melnikov / Go to the photo bankIn addition, the planetarium has an interactive museum where every exhibit is a miniature laboratory. Visitors can conduct experiments on their own – create tornadoes, simulate black holes, or catch lightning bolts.
Photo: A plasma ball in a hall at the Moscow Planetarium.
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In addition, the planetarium has an interactive museum where every exhibit is a miniature laboratory. Visitors can conduct experiments on their own – create tornadoes, simulate black holes, or catch lightning bolts.
Photo: A plasma ball in a hall at the Moscow Planetarium.
© RIA Novosti . Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankA hall at the Moscow Planetarium.
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A hall at the Moscow Planetarium.
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