Until the 30th of April 2019, you can watch this unique feature film in the Planetarium, which is situated in the large park ‘Královská obora’ (also called ‘Stromovka’, and the Royal Game Reserve in English. The film is in Czech; however, the English version is available with headphones. If you have not been to the Planetarium yet, you should definitely give it a try. This is the very place where you can set off on an amazing adventure through the universe, explore the secrets of the stars and planets, and ride on the surface of Mars and the Moon. Apart from the interactive exhibits, Planetarium also offers interesting projections, as well as movies for kids, focusing on a variety of astronomy and astronautical themes. The film ‘HORIZON: Beyond the Edge of the Visible Universe’, that premiered here on the 18th of January 2019, is one of the most interesting shows the Planetarium has on offer. The film is an absolute must-see.
The film for a full-dome projection won several international awards and is currently the best that the Prague Planetarium can offer its visitors.
What is happening beyond the edge of the visible universe is, and for a long time will be, an unexplored secret. However, the number of new findings is immense and scientists can be rightly proud of their success. Searching for the story surrounding the beginning of the universe is as dramatic as its very creation.
The universe is expanding!
All throughout human history, the universe has been unceasingly growing on two levels – in our minds and in reality. The universe has been expanding in the human mind as our knowledge of it is progressing. We came a long way from the idea of a flat Earth floating beneath a glass dome to the idea of the Milky Way, containing about 100 billion stars. By discovering that some nebulous clouds in the sky are in reality giant starry islands similar to ours, the size of the known universe suddenly multiplied. The shocking discovery is that most galaxies are moving away from us. The universe is actually expanding! And if it is growing bigger today, it means it was smaller in the past. What did the universe look like in the beginning of the expansion? And what is its future?
A tour of the night sky in Czech
The film ‘HORIZON: Beyond the Edge of the Visible Universe’ is projected in the Czech version. Prof. Petr Kulhánek, the author of the Czech translation, is a Czech theoretical physicist and a promoter of astrophysics and astronomy. The film is 41 minutes long, and there is a 15-minute long projection of the night sky, with live commentary in Czech at the beginning, on the largest projection screen in the Czech Republic, projected by six powerful projectors in 8K resolution.
Some themes in the film include:
Earth and the solar system
Structure and evolution of the universe
Types of electromagnetic waves
History of cosmology
The program is accompanied by a projection of the sky with a live commentary in Czech.
The film is available in English with headphones.
‘HORIZON: Beyond the Edge of the Visible Universe’ is screened nearly every day until 30/04/2019
Admission fee: CZK 150