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Kapteyn mobile planetarium

The universe is filled with many wonderful objects and events. Inside the mobile planetarium of the Kapteyn Institute you can experience the beautiful night sky from up close! See the planets around our Sun; Mars, Jupiter and the distant Pluto. Take a journey from the farthest stars to the center of our Milky Way. Be amazed about the most extraordinary spiral and elliptical shapes of other galaxies. And discover the mystery of the all-devouring Black Holes.

The Kapteyn Institute has a traveling planetarium for primarily primary and secondary education. The mobile planetarium is an inflatable dome of 3.5 meters high and 6 meters in diameter in which interactive films of the starry sky and all the beauty in the universe are projected on the inside. The planetarium is intended for educational purposes and will therefore mainly be used for school visits in the northern provinces of the Netherlands. In the central and southern provinces, the day is supervised by the Nederlandse Onderzoekschool voor Astronomie with a comparable mobile planetarium.

A maximum of thirty children (an entire school class) can fit inside the planetarium at the same time. Futhermore, in one day there could be held about six presentations. If you are interested to book the mobile planetarium, please contact planetarium [at] astro [dot] rug [dot] nl by email. Please note that the inflatable dome can only be used indoors. It is of great importance that there is an empty space available of at least 7 by 7 meters with a high ceiling.  

At the moment we are working on a web page where you can book the mobile planetarium online. Until this time please contact planetarium [at] astro [dot] rug [dot] nl by email    

The Mobile Planetarium with its digital projection is an initiative of the Astro-team of the Kapteyn Institute of the University of Groningen, winner of the Academic Year Award 2008. Realization has been made possible by the Executive Board of the University of Groningen.

In the news

  • RTV Noord reportage dated Februari 26, 2010:
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