Volgograd’s planetarium is the only one in the lower Volga region. It was unveiled on September 19, 1954. The building is crowned by a set of sculptures called “Mir” last work of famous soviet sculptor V.I. Mukhina. The planetarium looks like a temple and is located at the end of Mira Street, the first street to have been restored after the battle of Stalingrad. The main hall that can welcome 450 people is equipped with a dome screen and a special projector made by the RDA. The visitors get to see 6,000 stars at once, they can see the way the celestial sphere moves and they can observe the celestial map from the Moon or from any point on Earth. The 22 meters high tower has a 12 inch-diameter telescope with an enlargement of 800 times. With this device it is possible to watch the sun, the moon and all its craters, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as well as the cluster of stars and nebulas. The planetarium also has a park with astronomical devices from older times such as sundial, armillary sphere and globe.
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