Thursday, October 25, 2007

planetarium


The Planetarium is located on P. Burgos St. Manila, still within the Rizal Park (Luneta) compound.

Eight thousand five hundred spectacular array of stars (including the tiniest ones at 6.5th magnitude) are projected onto a 16 meter inner dome by the Time and Space Machine located at the center of the planetarium chamber. The projector is capable of projecting the night sky as it was or as it will appear at any time whether thousands of years in the past or similarly into the future.


I was able to watch the show of projection/simulation of stars and constellations here when i was in grade school and i can still remember how awestruck i was and painfully remember how stiff my neck was after gazing up for 30 minutes. (yeah it was included in our field trip - this is a "must" place or always in the list of places to visit in any field trip of any school i think).

This structure is old already but is still worthy of a visit, especially for kids. I think the Mall of Asia is planning to open a new Planetarium, last time i went there it's still under construction.

6 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

It looks like a very new and modern planetarium. I remember when I was in Japan, that city was building a new planetarium and I photographed it being built. It is still there these many years later.

I like your photograph. And thank you for stopping by and wishing me a happy birthday.

carlotta said...

naalala ko rin yung field trip namin jan nung grade 4 or 5 ata yun. di ko makakalimutan yung umpisa,which is yung sunset tas me music pang tumutugtog. =)

Vince said...

I remember going to this planetarium a long time ago on a field trip when I was in grade school in the late 70s. It was the first and last time I was there.

EDWIN V GATIA said...

Gives me that nostalgic feeling looking at this edifice. . .
I used to drop by the Planetarium when it was still undergoing construction in early 1975 with my goood friend, Max S., who eventually became its Curator.
After its inauguration by then First Lady Imelda Marcos, the Planetarium saw the holding of the 5th Annual Astronomical Convention of the PAS in October of that year. . .
Had fond memories of this special place. . .

jun said...

i wish sana makapunta ako dyan kasa since in my elemntary and highschool days ko hindi pa ako nakakapunta dyan. ngayon nasa job na ako but still hindi ko pa rin nakikita ang loob ng planetarium. Iam, 37 yrs old na.......

soltera said...

i also treasure a memorable experience of my childhood there..'twas when i was in 3rd grade when we had this science field trip(New Era Elem.Sch)...mas naging memorable pa sya coz i had the chance to be seated next to my secret crush...i remember that the background music then was from the Christmas song "When A Child Is Born"...presentation was really majestic...since then,that song reminds me more of him(my crush)than the season it represents...im 32 now,never heard of him since we graduated from elementary.
i learned that it is still operational...though reservation should have a minimum of 50 persons...walk-ins will be joining group schedule so must call first to confirm the schedule of the reserved group...i'll definitely gonna go back there one of these days.
u can check this out: http://nationalmuseum.gov.ph/National%20Museum/Planetarium%20Reservations%20and%20Guidelines.html

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