Welcome to «Planet Crete» ! Since the beginning of time Humans, have been staring at the night sky. Wondering, dreaming, imagining what could possibly be out there. Astronomy was developed pretty early. Famous people like Aglaoniki and Thales from Ancient Greece, Hypatia from Alexandria, Galileo Galilei, and Johannes Kepler, Albert Einstein and Steven Hawking and hundreds of anonymous scientist have dedicated their lives into the exploration of the universe and its laws.
Today, there are high tech telescopes placed in every corner of the Earth, and in an orbit around it, collecting data for our position in the Universe, for the planets and the stars.
Planetarium is a way of communicating astronomy with everyone. However, planetarium is not a new invention. Archimedes had created a device that could predict and show the movement of the sun, the Moon and the planets. The oldest planetarium that is still operating, is located in a small Dutch city called Franeker. It was built by Eise Eisinga, in his living room, in 1781. Over the centuries, and especially during the 20 th century, German scientists and companies, modernized the idea of the planetarium. Today, planetariums can be found in many cities around the world, and people of all ages can learn about the unique science of astronomy.
The Planetarium is closed on Christmas and Easter. Check the Timetable for more information.
OUR BEST SPACE MOVIES FOR YOUR KIDS
Explore how our ideas about the Universe evolved as we developed new astronomical instruments.
Learn about the solar system and the group of planets that circle around the sun.
Wonder in space, and learn about missions that are helping us appreciate the cosmos today.
Fly through the solar system, planets, and beyond as you explore cosmic mysteries.
Interactive view of the Solar System to explore our cosmic neighbourhood.
Demonstrate what you have learned about space and the solar system.
On October 4, 1957, the Soviets launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, into space. Four years later on April 12, 1961, Russian Lt. Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth in Vostok 1. His flight lasted 108 minutes, and Gagarin reached an altitude of 327 kilometers (about 202 miles).