The Planetarium in Smolyan
The Planetarium is one of the most often visited attractions in Smolyan. It started working on the 6th of September, 1975 and has been visited by more than 2.7 million of people over the years.
In the Star Hall of the Planetarium there is variety of lectures with demonstrations ( sessions ) - stories for young children , curricula , popular astronomical and thematic sessions. Foreign guests may choose between programs in Russian, French, German, English, Greek and Turkish. Series of special programs - music and poetry, and public lectures on actual topics complement the variety of star performances.
In the Planetarium’s observatory is situated a 15 cm. mirror telescope, with which are performed demonstration observations of the Sun and objects of the night sky. The spacious lounge is a host of permanent and thematic exhibitions, concerts and live performances.
Over the years the Planetarium established itself with its specific working style and won acclaim in Bulgaria and abroad. It is member of various prestigious international organizations - Planetary Community (Planetary Society) headquartered in Pasadena, California, USA - the largest NGO in the world for Space Studies, the International Organization of planetariums in the world (IPS) and the European Association for Astronomy Training (EAAE).