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Athens The Planitarium

Planetarium, 387 Palio Faliro, Athens
(Oct-April Sundays Hourly 11.00-16.00 )
The programs in this 250 seat auditorium are in Greek, but the star gazing projections in the dome can be enjoyed even if you don't speak the language and comprise of a combination of computer animations, slides, mirrors and music by Vangelis & Jean-Michel Jarre.

The Chelmos Observatory: The Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (IAA) is one of the four institutes of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), the oldest research centre in Greece.

Thiseion Area Athens Center

Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics
National Observatory of Athens
Lofos Nymfon, Thiseio, P.O.Box 8
GR-11810 Athens, GREECE

Tel. & FAX : +30 210 3490106
FAX (NOA): +30 210 3490140

General Information

A Visitor Centre for education and visitors has been formed in the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, founded by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology in the framework of the programme "Open Doors".

The purpose of the Centre is to propagate astronomical knowledge to the public and particularly to students and to inform the public about new astronomical discoveries. This is accomplished through seminars, talks, and observations with the 62.5cm Newall refractor in Penteli and the 1.23m reflector in Kryoneri. In addition, the Centre produces video tapes of astronomical content which are shown to the public in a specially equipped room.

The Visitor Centre is situated in the original building of the Newall refractor in Penteli Astronomical Station (about 15 km from the center of Athens). More than 60.000 people and about 2000 schools visited the Centre since September 1995.

Visitors Programme

The Visitors Programme for the public is:

09 January 20:30       16 January  20:30
12 March    20:30        19 March     20:30
23 April      20:30         30 April       20:30
21 May       20:30          28 May       20:30
04 June     20:30         11 June       20:30

The Visitor Centre can accept up to 125 visitors.
No reservations are possible.
The programme for the public is oriented to ages above 10 years.

A preliminary reservation is necessary for the special programme for schools.

For more information, please contact:
Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics - Visitor Centre
Mr. Matsopoulos Nikolaos
Tel.: 2106131247 Fax: 2108040453