Planetarium, in shades of ochre and blue and cylindrical in shape, is the largest of its type in Spain. Besides its usual shows, it is a venue for numerous exhibitions, conferences and displays and is visited by more than 200,000 people every year. It is not surprising that this centre, opened in 1993 by Princess Cristina of Bourbon, has developed into a cultural, scientific, tourist and educational focal point for the city.
It boasts an auditorium and a spacious projection
room above an enormous dome, which displays a complete representation of the firmament. This lets you see a perfect simulation of the stars at night and travel safely through the entire history of the universe from the comfort of your own armchair.
The building covers a surface area of 4,000 square metres and is arranged on two floors. On the ground floor
the main cultural activity zones are to be found: the auditorium, main exhibition room and projection rooms.
, with capacity for 240 people, regularly hosts conferences, meetings and round table discussions. In the main exhibition area, under a striking stained-glass window that shows the symbols of the signs of the zodiac, displays of artistic as well as scientific content take place, as do other activities of socio-cultural interest.The Tornamira projection room
uses sophisticated systems for projecting stars, planets, and all kinds of image, video and special effects. Regular shows for every type of audience are held, combining themes related to astronomy with our own cultural environment. Each season, the Planetarium puts on varied programs, with such evocative titles as "Lights at Night", "Looking towards the Heavens" and, for children, "The Night of the Vampire" and "Star School".
Souvenirs and reference material (books, posters and games) about astronomy and other sciences are available for sale to the visitor in the Planetarium shop. The centre also holds workshops on audiovisual production, photography, video, sound and electronics, and there are another exhibition room, a library and lecture rooms for courses.
A complex mechanism of lenses and motors is required to turn the projection room into a lunar landscape, a distant galaxy or a star-strewn sky. Besides the main projector, the room boasts 50 slide projectors and 20 for special effects, all computer-controlled. All this technological sophistication is rounded off by the ability to display moving images with three video projectors. The result is a truly memorable experience.