Like a window permanently open to the sky, the Planetarium in Constanţa resembles a "beacon" on the Black Sea coast. The first public objective of this type in the country was set up in the year when man could "touch" the moon by the foot for the first time (1969), the Planetarium reveal today the sky-mysteries so hard to see.
A world beyond us, made up of stars, planets, galaxies and other things are disclosed
to you, but you are assisted to learn how to travel among them using the constellations, the “Sky” that needed no renovation in the last 2000 years contributing to the realization of this picture.
The Planetarium in Constanţa was the first objective in the Natural Sciences Museum Complex in the present location, in the neighborhood of the Mamaia resort.
The visiting public is diverse, ranging from preschool children to old people. During the off season, children (preschool and school) and young people (students) visiting the Planetarium in organized groups, to realize the objectives from the syllabus, as geography, ecology, physics, astronomy-optional lessons , many of these based on a partnership agreement between school and museum (Planetarium) and astronavigation seminars for the students of the Maritime University in Constanţa. During summer season, the visiting public becomes very diverse, heterogeneous, the high percentage being tourists. For those who have never visited a Planetarium, there is an unforgettable experience. The demonstration of planetarium is a projection of an artificial starry sky. In the air-conditioned room, one can spend a night in a couple of minutes, always having the certainty of a “blue sky”.
The Planetarium has a dome of 8m diameter and a capacity of 80 seats. The projection device that carries out the demonstrations is of ZKP-2 type (1988), realized in Germany (Karl Zeiss Jena).
In the Planetarium’s hall a thematic exhibition can be seen. In the Planetarium’ dome the demonstrations are carried out by the ZKP-2 projector and
one can see: stars (appreciatively 5000); planets; Moon; constellations (zodiac constellations); comets; meteors; Jupiter’s Galilean satellites; artificial satellites;
The Solar-System-revolution movement of the planets in the Solar system; determination of horizontal, equatorial and ecliptic coordinates; demonstrations by the Trippensse planetarium: formation of seasons, equinoxes and solstices, eclipses of Sun and Moon.
The Astronomic Observatory was set up in 1970. At the entrance there is the “Universul” (Universe) exhibition, representing the structure of the Universe, starting from the metagalaxy up to the structure of the Solar system, presenting the planets in images and their characteristics. Within the same Astronomic Observatory there is the dome for the astronomic observations.
It has a diameter of 5m and houses the Telescope with Cassegrain mirror, with a diameter of 150mm, real focal distance (900mm) and equivalent (2250mm), and max=360X magnification.
Other astronomic instruments are: school type telescope (identical with Telementor): diameter = 63mm; amateur telescope: diameter = 80mm; Busch binocular telescope.
The astronomical observations are carried out with the help of these instruments: during day time (Sun, solar spots); during night time (Moon, planets, stars). All our specialists and instruments are at the disposal of the visitors who are eager to decipher the mysteries of the Universe after a flexible schedule mostly in the summer when the conditions for the nocturnal observations are more favorable.
Each time when there is an astronomic phenomenon (eclipse, star rains, etc) those interested can contact us for observation with instruments and explanations.