Don’t miss an opportunity to watch one of the 19 spherical movies and cartoons in Minsk Planetarium. The movie of your choice can be screened in any of the following languages: Russian, Belarusian, English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Czech, Romanian, Estonian or Polish. The tours are only available in Russian, though.
There are many other projects: Minsk International Fulldome Festival (October 15-18 this year), Scientist tribune, concerts ’’Music and Stars’’, just to name a few. ’’A starry sky for two’’ could be a perfect gift for someone special.
The neighbouring observatory (the only public one in Belarus) is by far my favourite place to spend a sleepless night out. Isn’t it a perfect alternative to Zybickaya and Kastryčnickaja streets crowded with hopeless bar-hoppers after all? 🙂
The ancient German telescope dating back to the early 19th century lets visitors explore Saturn’s rings, lunar craters, other peculiar planets, binary stars, star clusters and galaxies. It’s not NASA’s Hubble telescope (not even close!), but some things are better the old-fashioned way. The observatory caretaker’s great music taste definitely adds to the space journey.
Observation is only possible on cloudless days, April to November. And remember that full moon nights are the worst ones to watch the Earth’s satellite (it’s just one of the most popular novice traps). On the plus side, admission to the observatory is always free of charge.
Beware this romantic experience might be the best memory you can bring back home from your trip to Minsk!