Kvarner newsletter / no 35

Rijeka Astronomy Centre
New programme for visitors

After its successful summer cycle, the Rijeka Astronomy Centre has prepared several new programmes for visitors, including new films and presentations, and – for the first time – a special programme for the youngest ones. Some of the most interesting reprises remain on programme too.

The new programme of the Rijeka Astronomy Centre includes some new interesting topics, such as the film entitled "Mission: Mars", and the presentation "Small Bodies of the Solar System". There will also be also Saturday matinees for the youngest visitors.
The film "Mission: Mars" tells the story of many exploration missions to Mars that took place in the course of the last few decades. The film shows many attempts to send probes and robots, of which only few successfully landed to the surface of the Red Planet. It also reveals some details about the exploration of the Mars surface and the spectacular conquest of this planet.
The film is displayed on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7.30 p.m. The new, expert-guided presentation entitled "Small Bodies of the Solar System" is on programme on Tuesdays at 7.30. This presentation in the form of a show programme informs visitors about celestial bodies that circle around the planets of the Solar System. The presentation in the Planetarium will answer to many questions, such as what are the comets, where do they come from and what are they made of, what are asteroids, are meteors really "shooting stars", and what small bodies are hidden at the edge of the Solar System beyond the path of Neptune.
Another novelty in the programme is the matinee for the youngest visitors of pre-school and school age every Saturday at 11 a.m. The presentation in the planetarium entitled "My First Look at the Sky" is designed as a tour of the starry sky under expert guidance of the Centre's staff, giving the youngest visitors the chance to learn firsthand some of the secrets of the Universe. The programme entitled "A Guide Through the Night Sky" remains on schedule on Fridays at 8.30 p.m. This standard programme informs visitors about the basics of astronomical observation and orientation on the night sky, helping them to find stars and determine the four cardinal directions according to the position of the stars.
For the visitors who are already familiar with the basics of astronomy and would like to observe celestial bodies, the stars watching programme remains on schedule on Saturdays at 8.30 p.m.
To add to the festive atmosphere of the forthcoming holidays, the Rijeka Astronomy Centre has again prepared a slightly changed Christmas programme in the planetarium, which will take place on the 4th, 11th and 18th of December at 6 p.m. On the 21st of December, visitors to the planetarium will have the opportunity to observe full lunar eclipse.