With many of us living in urban areas we are rarely able to look up and enjoy a truly dark night sky full of stars, planets and our Milky Way. Due to the complication of clouds and weather, organizing such observations on a large scale is challenging. This is why we love and appreciate the simulated night sky in the Planetarium.
Following a donation from Carl Springer, Lund Observatory started a planetarium in 1978. For a long time the Lund Univsersity planetarium was placed at Lund Observatory, and was at the time equipped with an optomechanical GOTO projector. But in 2010 the planetarium moved and now it is located at Vattenhallen Science Center, open to booked visitors and to the public year round.
In 2012 the Planetarium got a major upgrade. The old optomechanical projector retired and now you will find a modern digital projector at the heart of the Planetarium. This projector is connected to a row of high-end computers that simulate what you see on the dome above you.
A small entrance fee will get you into the Science Center and tickets to shows at the planetarium are extra.
The Planetarium is a collaboration between The Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics and The Faculty of Engineering LTH.