A trip to outer space is made simple at the Heavens of Copernicus planetarium, 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. Before each film is a 20-minute live show about the skies over Warsaw that changes with the seasons. School groups dominate the Planetarium’s seats during daytime hours, and booking tickets in advance is highly recommended – when we dropped in only one of the numerous daily shows had available space. 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.
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MetroCentrum Nauki Kopernik
Open 08:30 - 19:15. Sat, Sun 10:00 - 20:30, Fri 08:30 - 21:30.
Last entrance 1hr before closing.
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