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The Zeiss Planetarium in Jena may be the world's oldest continuously operating planetarium, with nearly 100 years of service behind it, but its cutting-edge technology continues to amaze thousands of visitors every year. For ages 5+, there is a specially tailored programme.
When the moon is out of sight and the twinkling sky appears close enough to touch, who hasn't dreamed of travelling to the stars? The Zeiss Planetarium in Jena is perfect for star-gazers who rarely get the chance to indulge their passion. Here, they can not only look at the stars, but also learn about the history of the universe, the individual planets and the 'weather conditions' in space – all from the on-site astronomers. Take your place on one of the 240 comfortable seats in the domed theatre and let the panoramic laser projections whisk you away into the expanses of outer space. Images from six projectors cover the entire 900m² surface of the dome. Besides the night sky, the projections also include pictures, videos and 3D animations. The programmes shown in the dome range from traditional tours of the stars with live commentary on space and the history of space exploration through to multimedia music and laser shows. When fixed stars, planets, distant galaxies and even the phenomena of the universe such as the Milky Way appear on the domed ceiling, it's a true sight to behold. The planetarium's programme of educational, cultural and family-friendly events and activities is not to be missed.
A trip to the Zeiss Planetarium in Jena provides a memorable day out for all the family. Nowhere can you get closer to the night sky – no matter what the weather or time of year. There is also a special children's programme, which gives younger visitors the chance to gaze in wonder at the starry sky above Jena, learn the basics about the stars, meet Lars the little polar bear and the rainbow fish, or hear the story of the star of Bethlehem. The new 3D sound system, the world's first permanent installation for digital media technology in a planetarium dome, offers an unparalleled acoustic experience. The shows at Jena Planetarium are also second to none and make for a memorable cultural experience alongside the 'tour of space' and the many other astronomy-themed programmes. Stars as far as the eye can see, colourful planets and bright clusters of heavenly bodies take your imagination to distant galaxies that no human is ever likely to reach. And the next time you look up at the sky, you will see it through very different eyes.