Prague’s Observatory at Petrin Hill

Stafanik's Observatory in Prague In Petrin parks, near the Rose Gardens and the Hunger Wall, there is a famous Stefanik’s Observatory, which was opened in 1928. As already mentioned, this observatory is dedicated to the name of Milan Rastislav Stefanik (you can see his statue in front of the sun dial). This distinguished man, among many of his occupations (he was General in French army, a pilot, a diplomat or a co-founder of Czechoslovak state) was also a successful astronomer and Charles University graduate. About the observatory, there are two telescopes, one in the main dome, and one in the western dome. The eastern dome is used only for scientific observations. The observatory offers interesting public day and night observations of the sky, when the weather is good, and it’s open during the whole year.

Again, when the weather is suitable, you can visit the observatory and observe the sky, strictly speaking, during the day, you observe the Sun, the solar disk, the sunspots, or also the solar flares, and during the night, it is the Moon and the planets of the Solar system, or you can even look beyond and observe chosen stars or galaxies. If the weather is bad and the visibility is low, then you must be satisfied with their astronomical exposition. In that case, Planetarium in Prague might be a better choice.

Anyway, Petrin Hill in all its beauty during summer is certainly worth a visit, the best way to get there is to take the funicular from Ujezd, or you can also walk from Prague Castle or Strahov Stadium. And if you decide to visit the observatory, too, in July, it is open from 14 to 19 and then from 21 to 23 for the night show. The admission is 40 CZK, or 30 CZK for students. For example, during the night you can observe the planet Venus which will be the brightest on July 12 or on July 16, there will be an alignment of planets Venus, Saturn, and the Moon very close to constellation Leo’s brightest star, blue-white Regulus, or one more tip, around July 22, there will be the best conditions to observe the Moon’s surface formation.

Jul 11, 09:35 (Filed under: Other )

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