The digital planetarium, located in the building of the Regional Museum of Natural History in Plovdiv was built in 2015 by the American company Evans & Sutherland, a world leader in the field. The planetarium boasts a dome 8 meters in diameter, and is equipped with a special projector with a "fisheye" lens, allowing projection on the entire dome simultaneously. The planetarium software simulates visiting various locations in the Cosmos, objects and phenomena that occur in the Universe, and its biggest advantage is that it works in real time. The planetarium accommodates 50 seats.
Currently the program includes the following full-dome planetarium shows - ”From Earth to the Universe”, ”Cosmic Quest” as well as live presentations on various topics. If you are interested, the team of Planetarium can prepare individual presentations aimed at specific age groups. Each show can be conducted in English with prior group reservation.
“From Earth to the Universe” - The night sky, beautiful and mysterious, has been a source of stories and myths since humans exist on Earth. Only recently we have begun to discover and understand our place in the cosmos. The show "From Earth to the Universe" is a colorful and inspiring journey to the farthest reaches of the Universe. On the way from Earth to Space, you will learn many interesting facts about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, as well as the latest giant telescopes that allow us to peer deeper into the Universe. As a spectator, you will explore the solar system and the violent eruptions of the Sun. If you have ever wondered how stars are born and die, this show is for you! Duration 30 minutes. Recommended lower age limit: 7 yr. Old
Before each full-dome show there is a live presentation on lasting about 10-15 minutes.
Most often the topic of the presentation is the night sky, Milky Way and Solar System.