Planetron Dwingeloo Reviews
An evening of star gazing Jun 25, 2011
The Planetron is a planetarium in the northern part of The Netherlands. The main reason why this big planetarium was built in a low populated area out of the way, is because there is less ‘pollution’ from street lights and houses here. As a matter fact, the area around the small town of Dwingeloo is one of the darkest places in The Netherlands.
You can visit the Planetron during the day, but they also organise evenings to watch the stars. This program starts at 20:00, but since you have to be there to confirm your reservation at 19:30, you have plenty of time to watch the small exhibition. There are some small parts of rockets on display and some pictures and explanations of the universe.
At 20:00 you enter the large blue dome, which is set up as a small movie theater. There are projections of the universe on a dome shaped projection screen. An expert shows all sorts of groups of stars (like the big dipper, for instance), some planets and what they look like through a large telescope and the Milky Way. It’s very interesting and absolutely beautiful to look at. It lasts for an hour and a half, but it could last a lot longer and wouldn’t get boring for a minute.
The evening ends at the huge professional telescope the Planetron has. The entire group of people (about fifteen to twenty people) is allowed to watch through the telescope, if weather permits.
Part of the Dwingeloo 2011 travel blog
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