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A brief look into the future

A NEW STAR RISES

The new Halle Planetarium on Saline Island will open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2021. 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.

History becomes present

Even the façade of the gasometer, built in an historistic style between 1889 and 1891, radiates a monumental fascination at a height of 16 metres and a diameter of 30 metres. The inscription “Space Flight Planetarium”, located above the main entrance, is a reminder of the former planetarium on Peissnitz Island, which was irreparably damaged by flooding in 2013.

Since the ground-breaking ceremony on 21 January 2019, the interior of the planetarium has risen up over three levels inside the restored masonry roundel with its arched windows.

A spacious foyer is located on the ground floor. The first thing that catches the visitor’s eye is the dynamic contrast between the historical and contemporary architecture that runs throughout the building. Modern, exposed concrete surrounded by patinated clinker bricks and industrial steel unite the past with the present.

AS FAR AS THE EYE
CAN SEE

The art installation “As Far As The Eye Can See” hangs impressively above the elevator doors opposite the entrance.

It is composed of 6,000 books corresponding to the number of stars that can be seen with the naked eye in the dark night sky. Their covers represent the colour spectrum of the first cosmic rays to be emitted after the Big Bang.

Page by page, book by book, they will gradually fill up with impressions left by the visitors.

STAR ROOM AND ASTRO GASTRO

The Star Room is at the heart of the building. It has space for more than 100 people and a dome that is 12 metres in diameter. A star projector, digital fulldome video technology, LED lighting and an audio system consisting of 64 speakers turn 360-degree views of space into an audio-visual experience.

Thanks to its flexible seating, the dome room will also provide a stage for cultural events in various formats.

Next to the Star Room, at the edge of the galaxy so to speak, the Star Café invites you to gastronomically linger for a while.

THE COMMAND
BRIDGE

The upper floor houses the offices of the administration - the planetarium’s future control centre.

A seminar room and auditorium with seating for 80 people are devoted to imparting knowledge about astronomy but can also be used for conferences.

In addition, a technical studio offers the ability to create productions for the Star Room.

A CLOSE LOOK
AT FAR AWAY

Shielded from the ambient light by the foundation walls that tower above it, the roof terrace invites you to enjoy a clear view of the starry sky. It is also an ideal location for weddings, celebrations and events of all kinds under a sky canopy.

Only the observatory perched above the roof terrace is closer to the heavens. Its state-of-the-art technology enables the moon, Mars and other planets to be experienced up close and personal with the human eye.

The audience in the Star Room can also be carried out into the cosmic expanse via a livestream, as viewed through the lens of the observatory.


Photo credits:

Stadt Halle (Saale) / RKW Architektur + 
Etienne Dietzel / Baader Planetarium GmbH 

SYMBIOSIS BETWEEN SCIENCE,
EDUCATION AND CULTURE

The new Halle Planetarium stands for astronomy-based knowledge transfer and cultural experiences wherever they intersect.

Its offers include lessons for school classes, the training of astronomy teachers, multimedia presentations on the blue planet, our solar system and distant galaxies, as well as spectacular audio-visual experiences under the Star Room’s dome.

The Halle Planetarium inspires visitors of all ages to look, learn and marvel.