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A Dome for Bratislava

Friday, January 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sharon Shanks
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Artist concept of the planned Bratislava Planetarium

A true gem on the banks of the Danube

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is one of the few European capital cities that has neither a planetarium nor an observatory.

A project is in the works to change this, led by enthusiasts and lovers of the starry sky from the Association of  of the Slovenské Planetáriá.

Peter Wachter, member of the association, reports that the planned construction date is set for 2018/2019. It is hoped that it will welcome visitors by 2022 at the latest. The estimated construction is is  € 5 million.

The start of construction, of course, depends on the permitting process. Plans call for the new Bratislava Planetarium to have a patio terrace and a digitarium that will be underground. The planned capacity is 150 seats with a dome radius of 16 meters.

Within the urban area, a square of regional significance will be created on the Danube's embankment, and its central building will be the planetarium. "Our task now is to convince the public and experts that the planetarium is not only a wonderful tool for inspiring young people to take on astronomy and science, but to see it as a powerful and flexible data visualization tool," Wachter said.

Learn more about the Association of the Slovenské Planetáriá at

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A more detailed pdf of the proposed facility

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