"Lift off!" - The Planetarium Will Open Its Star Gate at the End of March

Between the astronomical beginning of spring and Easter, the city of Halle (Saale) plans to open its new planetarium on Holzplatz.

The specific opening date is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, 2023. The city and the team around director Dirk Schlesier are currently working on the opening program, which will last over several days. “Visitors can explore the building and experience how the gas storing building, the gasometer, has transformed into a knowledge storing planetarium. In a varied program we will present the various possibilities of the planetarium”, announces Dirk Schlesier.

The annual schedule of events, which also includes the programs for astronomical school lessons, is also being prepared.

The construction work on and in the building, which is being built as a replacement for the planetarium on the Peißnitz that was destroyed in the flood of 2013, is progressing rapidly.

The observatory was placed on the roof at the end of last year. The large telescope for the observatory will be installed not before long.

In the next few weeks, further work on the media technology and the installation of the cash register system will take place. The planetarium team will be trained in the complex technical systems. The installation of the art and exhibition objects is imminent.

The heart of the planetarium, financed with around 21 million euros by the federal and state flood funds, is the star hall, which can accommodate up to 110 guests. State-of-the-art technology allows fantastic projections of the starry sky. 360-degree displays and 3D flights are possible, offering unique and diverse perspectives of Earth.

Tickets can be ordered from the end of February/beginning of March after the program has been published.


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The new Halle Planetarium on Saline Island will open its gates in a couple of months. As the largest and most state-of-the-art planetarium in Saxony-Anhalt, this bright, twinkling star is set to rise in the planetarium skies.

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