The planetarium

The planetarium has been reconstructed inside a room with a purpose-built dome, with a celestial blue ceiling just like the night sky when seen far away from the imposing lights of the city. By playing with the celestial sphere and simulating movements in space –synchronized to uncover the northern sky in its various stages - you can get to know the constellations, the movement of the stars, moon, sun and planets and learn how to orientate yourself using the stars.

The planetarium, which is located close to the historic centre of Stia, can be included in wider-ranging educational projects about the environment along with a visit to the National Park and the town of Stia and its museums. It is also possible to develop personalised educational projects arranged over a series of visits, to learn about the construction and use of the instruments to measure time and for orientation.

During the past few years, the average flow of students of all types and year groups, aspiring astronauts, people simply curious about the sky and tourists has gradually grown to over 2000 visitors. A success, which makes us enthusiastic and pushes us to continue the work we have developed so far and suggest new paths of knowledge.

To that end, 2015 will be dedicated to implementing exhibitions about rocks and minerals, so as to enable a deeper understanding of the formation mechanisms of the earth’s crust, as well as the origins of the solar system, in this case using exceptional witnesses - METEORITES.

UNESCO has dedicated the year 2015 to LIGHT. So, for this reason the Park Planetarium is planning to set up an educational project which, through simple experiences, will inform visitors more profoundly about the nature of light, its properties and the wonderful world of colours. Finally, for all those passionate about the science of numbers, mathematics, there are two appointments about ‘Mathematical Gleanings’ presented for the first time in the event cycle and not to be missed. 

Rocks and Meteorites: A journey into time and space.

An exhibition of samples of meteorites, rocks of impact and terrestrial rocks, representative of the classified groups, from the collection of the ‘Museo delle Scienze Planetarie’ (Museum of Planetary Science) in Prato. A dedicated exhibition trail will lead you from space to earth via the rocks, enabling you to make comparisons between the different existing rock types.

There are samples of meteorites such as chondrites, for the ‘rocks of impact’ there are samples from some European craters, and for the ‘terrestrial rocks’ there are samples mainly from the Appenines.

Antique astronomy instruments

An exhibition of scientific materials, of historic interest for astronomy education, donated by various educational institutes in the area: armillary spheres, planets, celestial globes, planispheres, heliostats, Foucalt pendulums, Newton discs, many of which are still working.

Educational trail dedicated to light.

On the 20th December 2013, the General Assembly of the European Union proclaimed 2015 to be the ‘International year of light and technology about light’ (IYL 2015). So, for this reason the Park Planetarium is planning to set up an educational project which, through simple experiences, will inform visitors more profoundly about the nature of light, its properties and the wonderful world of colours.

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