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Observatories in Slovakia

The night sky, amazing astronomical phenomena, or planets – you can admire all this and much more through an astronomical telescope and binoculars in a planetarium and an observatory in Slovakia. There are five Slovak observatories with a planetarium: Hlohovec, Ziar nad Hronom, Hurbanovo, Kosice, and Presov. Those who enjoy learning about the space and its secrets should definitely pay the visit in Slovakia observatories. Student groups are frequent and eager visitors to observatories.

Hurbanovo Observatory

Slovak Central Observatory Hurbanovo carries out scientific research and organizes various astronomy-related events, competitions, and conferences. It also offers educational programs for students interested in learning about the Universe. The Observatory is open for group visits Monday to Friday and closed on weekend and holidays. Group visits must be booked in advance (Contact Number:  035/760 24 85). Individual visitors can visit the observatory on Friday at 5:30 p.m.(October- March) or  at 7.30p.m (April-September). Admission fee is 50SKK (€1.65).

The observatory sits in the midst of the park with a statue of Copernicus and a sundial.
The observatory branch on Fatranska Street in Nitra is open to public on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Sobotište Observatory

Sobotište Observatory was founded in 1972 and is located in the local primary school about 250 m from the village center. It is an amateur observatory and all activities are done by members of local organization of Slovak Union of Astronomers Amateurs in Sobotište.

Opening hours are on Saturdays
April – September : 8 pm – 10 pm
October – Marech : 7 pm – 9 pm

For group visits we can arrage different time of visit. Entrance fee is optional

Sobotište observatory offers video projection of astronomical shots and animations, watching meteorological phenomena, and in good weather conditions watching planets and night sky objects.
Contact: mobile – 0903105735 (RNDr. S. Štefeček), mail – sveste@hvezdaren-sobotiste.sk . More information on www.hvezdaren-sobotiste.sk .

Other Observatories in Slovakia

  1. Observatory in Partizanske, Velke Bielice
  2. Tekovska Observatory in Levice
  3. Vihorlatska Observatory in Humenne – it has the largest telescope
  4. Observatory and planetarium in Hlohovec
  5. Observatory and planetarium in Žiar nad Hronom
  6. Regional Observatory in Banska Bystrica
  7. Observatory  in Zilina
  8. Observatory in Medzer
  9. Observatory  in Rimavska Sobota

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