| P l a n e t a r i u m with astronomical observatory
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On September 6th 1975, the biggest Planetarium with public observatory in Bulgaria opened its doors in the town of Smolyan. Smolyan is a tourist center in the West Rhodopes lying 800 m above sea level, near the famous Bulgarian winter resort of Pamporovo. The Planetarium is the town's most frequently visited place of interest. For the past 30 years it has been visited by 2,200,000 people. The planetarium and observatory complex works with no day off and has a staff of 10 people.
In order to popularize astronomical knowledge the Planetarium offers more than 50 lecture shows in the Star Hall. Some popular tales are made into childrenís shows while for the general public there are topical astronomical and special shows. Some of the general shows have been translated for foreigners. For the last few years the public has been particularly interested in the so called "special" programs - musical and poetical shows.
The Planetarium works with students from all forms of the Bulgarian school, as well as with preschool children. A lot of educational lectures related to the school studies in Astronomy, Physics, Geography are worked up and delivered here. There are also groups of students fond of astronomy called "StudentsíCreative Groups", permanently participating in the planetarium activities. These students are organized in a Youthís Astronomical Club. Three camp-schools are organized for these students in summer in the Planetarium and in the region of the National Astronomical Observatory, Rozhen. The students from Youth Astronomical Club observe and make photos of astronomical events such as solar activities, passages, conjunctions, moon and solar eclipses, meteors, etc.
The research activity is in accordance with the technical means. A Sunís patrol has been acting here for more than 20 years now. It makes visual drawings and takes pictures of the spots making activity of the Sunís photosphere each sunny day.
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