Planetarium - St. Petersburg

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Planetarium - St. Petersburg

One of the reasons that make St. Petersburg tour one of Russia's top tours is the variety of tourist attractions that are available to tourists. St. Petersburg has so many tourist attractions that you can plan a month-long trip to visit St. Petersburg, yet, do not have enough time to see all of the city's tourist attractions. These tourist attractions are also so diverse that any person with any taste can enjoy a trip to Russia and visit St. Petersburg. There are many museums of different styles in St. Petersburg that can entertain visitors. Art galleries from different periods are also an excellent place for art lovers to get acquainted with Russian culture and art. The biographical and historical museums of St. Petersburg provide visitors with the opportunity to get acquainted with the history of St. Petersburg and the lives of prominent people who have lived in different historical periods in this country. Cultural centers, such as theaters and Russian ballet halls, are other tourist attractions that should not be missed during a trip to St. Petersburg. You will also find many entertainment programs on your trip to St. Petersburg that can make the St. Petersburg tour a memorable trip for you. The modern tourist attractions and interactive museums of St. Petersburg are also top-rated among tourists of Russia tour, which has become a significant part of the St. Petersburg tour in recent years. One of St. Petersburg's relatively modern attractions is the Planetarium, founded in the second half of the 20th century and is one of the Soviet government's achievements.

 

Planetarium - St. Petersburg

The planetarium has become one of the tourist attractions on travel agencies' list in every city in recent decades, which you can't find in any city. The Planetarium is a hall where visitors can learn about space mysteries and astronomical topics. Planetariums usually have a large dome that displays images of space and galaxies to visitors using digital or analog projectors. Although Planetariums are generally more appealing to children and teens, most Planetariums also include adult-specific programs on their list of services so that visitors can schedule a family visit to these complexes. St. Petersburg, as one of the top tourist destinations in Russia, has two planetariums, one near Peter and Paul Fortress inside the Alexander Park, and the other one in the historical center of the city.

 

Planetarium - St. Petersburg

The Soviet government formally began space exploration programs after World War II, and in 1957 launched the first artificial Earth satellite to space. That achievement was quite crucial for the Soviet government and Russian people who had lost many things during the Second World War. Just two years later, the St. Petersburg Planetarium, Russia's third-largest Planetarium, was built to suit the day's conditions. Today, the St. Petersburg Planetarium has become a scientific center that attracts many tourists and the people of St. Petersburg. The existence of various programs for different ages has given tourists to plan a family visit to this center. That feature is a tremendous advantage for tourist attractions, as most tourists like to visit the sights of St. Petersburg with their families. The St. Petersburg Planetarium locates inside the Alexander Park, which is near the Peter and Paul Fortress. The Alexander Park host many more attractions other than St. Petersburg Planetarium, but Planetarium is one of the park's top attractions.

 

Planetarium - St. Petersburg

Of course, as we mentioned, St. Petersburg has another Planetarium. St. Petersburg has established the world's largest Planetarium in 2017 in the city's historic center. During their tour to St. Petersburg, tourists may notice a mysterious tall tower near the Obvodny Canal. The tower was formerly a gasometer used in the 19th century. Today, after a complete reconstruction, that gasometer has become the Planetarium 1, which was the largest Planetarium in the world at the time of its establishment. One of the reasons for the importance of this Planetarium is its dome, which is about 37 meters in diameter. Also, the use of projectors to cover the entire dome has added to its charm. Visitors to the Planetarium 1 can choose from several notable films set to air in this remarkable space, including Earth Origins and Space Exploration, A Fascinating Journey Through the Solar System, and In Search of The Dark Matter.

 

Planetarium - St. Petersburg

However, the Planetarium of St. Petersburg, we are talking about consists of four floors, with several different halls on each floor. Each of these halls is dedicated to various sections, among which we can mention the halls of astronomy, natural history, cosmonautics, and geography. The first floor consists of three main halls. The first hall, the largest hall on the floor, is the "Star" hall. The Star Hall, one of the largest in Russia, is a place where visitors can see different stars up close, observe how the sky changes around the clock, see nebulae, or explore the beauty of the galaxy, or enjoy the magnificence of the Milky Way. Another hall on this floor is the "Planetka" hall. Due to its semicircular shape and ability to display panoramic images, it has created an excellent opportunity for visitors to explore from the depths of the oceans to distant galaxies. Finally, the "space travel" room allows visitors to go on a space trip with the astronaut team and get to know the position of the stars and other planets in the solar system.

 

Planetarium - St. Petersburg

Although the second floor has only one hall, this hall is also one of the most attractive halls. The "The Laboratory of Entertaining Experiences" is one of the Planetarium's most popular parts, especially for children. In this hall, visitors of Russia tour can participate in nearly 200 different experiments and witness the wonders of mechanics, optics, and electricity. This interactive exhibition is highly regarded by the visitors of this complex on tour to Russia.

 

Planetarium - St. Petersburg

The third floor of the Planetarium is less popular with tourists of the tour to Russia. It hosts the "Horizon Hall," which is made to gather visitors and discuss various aspects of nature, space, planet Earth, and current astronomical topics. Since these discussions are usually held in Russian, tourists of the tour to St. Petersburg will not have the opportunity to make this place's fair use. Still, if you can understand Russian, many experts have also participated in these discussions, which only increase this room's popularity for people who love to discuss science. The fourth floor of the St. Petersburg Planetarium also hosts two separate halls, each of which has unique attractions for visitors. One of these halls is the "The Hall of Entertaining Illusions," where visitors can observe experiments that demonstrate the illusions humans experience in their daily lives. We may see or touch different things or hear different sounds during the day, but our brain may show us another aspect of these events, and we may have seen an illusion of what we thought was real. In this hall, visitors will find different examples of these illusions that human beings are involved with daily. The fourth floor also hosts the observatory, which is one of the central parts of any planetarium.

 

Planetarium - St. Petersburg

Although St. Petersburg's Planetarium is quite interesting and exciting, most tourists will not visit it during their travel to Russia, which is reasonable since there are many significant tourist attractions in  St. Petersburg that are more critical on tour to St. Petersburg. However, if you want to visit this place during your tour to St. Petersburg, you should ask your Russian tour operator to include it on your St. Petersburg tour program. You can learn about other lesser-known attractions of Russia on our weblog. We also recommend tips and pieces of advice on how to travel to Russia, which will be useful for your trip.