A trip to outer space is made simple at the Planetarium of the Copernicus Science Centre, which is tucked behind the giant Copernicus Science Centre as its own distinct venue. Visitors can choose different 40-minute films (which require headsets for English and Russian) that are geared towards different age ranges and interests. Inside, the audience is immersed in the solar system thanks to a spherical screen that surrounds the 139 seats on all sides. Four digital projectors display images of the starry sky (we’re talking 20 million points of light) and simulate space travel to bring planets and moons into view - the whole experience is visually stunning! Before each film, there is a 20-min live show about the skies over Warsaw that change with the seasons. School groups dominate the Planetarium’s seats during daytime hours, therefore, we can’t stress enough that booking in advance is highly recommended – when we dropped in, only one of the numerous daily shows had available (and very limited) space, such is the popularity of this venue. Fridays now feature “concerts under the stars,” with live piano adding to the experience and a permanent exhibition “Look: there’s the Earth!” A not-to-be-missed attraction. 2D movies cost 22/16zł and 3D 27/21zł. A visit to the planetarium is a sensory experience, one which he wholly recommend you try out. Trust us, you won’t regret it. Science geek, over and out.
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A rare example of European Union funding being used in a genuinely visionary way, the CSC is many things, including the very best science centre in Europe, one of Warsaw’s top tourist attractions, and - in the words of Poland’s then Education Minister