• Baia Mare Planetarium (in Romanian language: Planetariul Baia Mare)

    Address: str. George Coșbuc, nr. 16.
    Telephone: 0362 401.921

    Open: Tue.-Sun: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • We have reserved special admission hours for English guidance at

10 a.m or 12.01 p.m or 14.00 p.m

You are advised to use this time intervals for visiting.
Admission charge: 10 Lei (RON) for adults; 5 Lei for children.

  • Here you will find the first public planetarium opened in Romania, one of the most sought after tourist attractions in Maramures. Modernized in 2015 with the Zeiss Skymaster ZKP4 star projector. A journey to Universe: Science, culture and entertainment in one place.

 

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR FOREIGN VISITORS IN ROMANIA, AT THE BAIA MARE PLANETARIUM! Due to the pandemic precautionary measures, only full-dome digital shows will be presented at the planetarium, from a generous list of titles,  available to visitors who want guidance in English. Let’s be safe at the planetarium! Use the automatic disinfection dispenser at the entrance, and wearing a protective mask is mandatory!

The planetarium is the modern star’s projector, which could display a very interesting artificial sky, with Sun, planets, moons, thousands stars, artistic representation of constellations – all of them in respect with proper motions of this objects through the sky, by automatic calculations, algorithms applied by computing systems.

Our space-time trip begins from Baia Mare day and night sky with many observer and destinations. We will make o tour of the sky, like it could be seen from Baia Mare, with constellations and other marvel objects. Then will fly to North Pole and South Pole of the Earth, to see the sky from those positions.

We prepared for our foreign visitors a special guidance in English and, besides of classical constellations, we offer you a cultural dialogue concerning the spectacular representations of Romanian peasants about the sky and constellations. Other exhibitions available.

Our planetarium is located near the historical center of the city (15 minutes walk) and to the Mineralogy Museum also (10 minutes walk).

We are the only place in Romania, where you could learn about Romanian traditional constellations through our digital multimedia exhibition Digitarium, with text and audio support for English language, a list of 39 Romanian constellations, part of the Romanian and universal immaterial patrimony, a container of epic and ethical stories – in an original folk version – explaining the history of things, the relations between sky, divinity, Earth, and Man.

The initial project started in 2012 has expanded and now we have displayed an version for blinded people and an practical micro-planetarium for this special public.

You can visit among other thematic exhibitions our very best and functional former star projection system – the ZKP1 – Zeiss Yena star projector with which we used to make astronomical demonstrations in our planetarium dome.

The Astronomy Complex from Baia Mare, Romania is a modern institution for informal education of youth and adults with a regional presence. The main objective of this institution is the promoting and popularization of the first science in the human history: astronomy. We have a wide ranges of visitors – from children to seniors, tourists or local visitors and our main activity is presenting through a series of planetarium shows the wonders of the universe,  the night sky tales, history of discovering the universe and scientific facts of recent finds involving the edges of visible universe, exoplanets and so on. Beside the fact that the planetarium of Baia Mare was the first public planetarium opened in Romania in 1969, and was the only planetarium present in the region of Transylvania (covering over 5,000,000 potential regional visitors), due to implementation of an European co-financed project, by ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme, we had installed at Baia Mare in 2015, the most modern planetarium facility in Romania, an Zeiss Skymaster ZKP4 Led optical-mechanical planetarium, with the brightest and most beautiful stars and stellar field. Our planetarium also organized the first digital virtual exhibition opened in Romania (2012), an ethno-cosmology presentation about the Romanians night sky view and original local constellations and traditions inspired by the cosmos.

At the beginning of 2020, the Astronomy Complex from Baia Mare installed a digital full-dome planetarium with a laser-phosphorus projection system, with large capabilities of operating in movie mode, interactive live-planetarium presentations or in hybrid mode, coordinating the beauty of classical projector stars with spectacular animations offered by digital projection system. From 2020, Baia Mare planetarium have the capacity to project and produce own planetarium shows or/and to import other shows from all over the world.

The main exhibitions presented here are an efficient introduction for visitors to the very complex domain of astronomy – through a presentation of the Solar System or the Deep Sky Objects, through a historic discoveries, interpretation and understanding of the Messier objects. The Digitarium exhibitions sector is a multimedia, virtual and educational applied concept of presenting the Romanian traditional constellations, with multilanguage audio and visual support (Romanian, English, Hungarian, Ukrainian), and in the 2016 year, this concept gone further to integrate special support for visitors blind or visually handicapped.

The Astronomy Complex also has an Astronomical Observatory and a very large astronomical park – with more than 10 modern telescopes, for accessing the night sky (Moon, Planets, Satellites, Galaxies, Star Clusters a.s.o) and the Sun (Sun Spots, Flares a.s.o), a very fresh installed Meteors Station – with two separate digital monitoring units, a Astronomy Library – for specialists and public, and a new facility installed for watching 3D astronomy themed movies  with special active glasses for visitors.

The Astronomy Complex from Baia Mare, Maramures County, Romania has only 7 employees, from which 5 have wide expertise in educational projects and programs, been involved also in national conducted cultural – educational programs (receiving from 2011 to 2018 five grants in developing projects, from National Cultural Fond Administration / Administrația Fondului Cultural Național), and international two co-financed projects by European Union.

Baia Mare Planetarium – official hosting location in Romania for ESA/Hubble’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope in April 2020

Astronomy Complex from Baia Mare in an official ESA/ESO partner for Romania in the great global anniversary event of Hubble Telescope celebration of 30 years in space for science. Baia Mare Planetarium will organize a HUBBLE Telescope Week *(22 – 27 April 2020), with digital exhibitions, interactive presentations in our dome, preparing for the international unveiling of the official large high-quality print dedicated to this anniversary. Our planetarium was also involved in 25 years, and 20 years anniversaries of the ESA/NASA Hubble Space Telescope with public events an thousands of participants.

Digital planetarium opening

From March 2020, Baia Mare Planetarium will offer as a main astronomical demonstrations, digital full-dome shows in our dome, following an partnership with RSA Cosmos and financial assistance from Maramureș County Council. The optical Sky Master ZKP4 Sistem from Zeiss will operate along with the new digital Barco Full-Dome System. The hours and titles of the shows with audio guidance in english will be displayed on this page.

ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS CALENDAR FOR 2020 – ROMANIA – BAIA MARE

 JANUARY 

2 The Moon at apogee, M41 is well placed
3 Moon at First Quarter
4 Quadrantid meteor shower
5 The Earth at perihelion
10 Mercury at superior solar conjunction, Penumbral lunar eclipse, Full Moon, The Moon at aphelion
12 Close approach of the Moon and M44
13 Saturn at solar conjunction, 4340 Pluto at solar conjunction, The Moon at perigee
14 Ceres at solar conjunction
15 Asteroid 511 Davida at opposition, M47 is well placed, NGC 2403 is well placed
17 Moon at Last Quarter, NGC 2451 is well placed
19 γ-Ursae Minorid meteor shower
20 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, Close approach of the Moon and Mars, NGC 2516 is well placed
21 Asteroid 5 Astraea at opposition
23 Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter, Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
24 The Moon at perihelion, New Moon, NGC 2547 is well placed
27 Conjunction of Venus and Neptune, Close approach of Venus and Neptune
28 Conjunction of the Moon and Venus, Close approach of the Moon, Venus and Neptune
29 The Moon at apogee
31 M44 is well placed, IC2391 is well placed

 FEBRUARY 

1 IC2395 is well placed
2 Moon at First Quarter
8 Close approach of the Moon and M44, α-Centaurid meteor shower, NGC 2808 is well placed
9 Full Moon
10 Mercury at greatest elongation east
14 Mercury reaches highest point in evening sky
10 The Moon at aphelion, The Moon at perigee
11 Mercury at dichotomy
12 Mercury at perihelion
16 Moon at Last Quarter
18 Close approach of Mars and NGC 6530, Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, Close approach of the Moon and Mars
19 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter, M81 is well placed
20 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon and Saturn
21 The Moon at perihelion, NGC 3114 is well placed
23 New Moon
26 Mercury at inferior solar conjunction, The Moon at apogee
27 Conjunction of the Moon and Venus, IC2581 is well placed
29 Close approach of Mars and M22

 MARCH 

2 Moon at First Quarter, IC2602 is well placed
7 Close approach of the Moon and M44
8 Neptune at solar conjunction, NGC 3532 is well placed
9 Conjunction of Venus and Uranus, Full Moon
10 The Moon at perigee
11 The Moon at aphelion
14 γ-Normid meteor shower
15 Asteroid 27 Euterpe at opposition
16 Moon at Last Quarter
18 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, Close approach of the Moon and Mars, Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon, Jupiter and Mars
19 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon and Saturn
20 Venus at perihelion, March equinox, Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars, Close approach of Jupiter and Mars
21 The Moon at perihelion, Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
22 Mercury at dichotomy
23 Conjunction of Mars and Pluto, Close approach of Mars and Pluto
13 Mercury reaches highest point in morning sky
24 Mercury at greatest elongation west, Venus at greatest elongation east
27 Venus reaches highest point in evening sky
24 New Moon, The Moon at apogee
26 136472 Makemake at opposition
27 Venus at dichotomy, Mercury at aphelion
28 Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
31 Conjunction of Saturn and Mars, Close approach of Saturn and Mars

 APRIL 

1 Moon at First Quarter
2 M104 is well placed
3 Asteroid 3 Juno at opposition, Conjunction of Mercury and Neptune
4 Close approach of Venus and M45
5 M94 is well placed, NGC 4755 is well placed
7 The Moon at perigee
8 Full Moon
9 Conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto
10 The Moon at aphelion
13 136199 Eris at solar conjunction
14 NGC 5128 is well placed, Omega-Cen is well placed
15 Moon at Last Quarter, Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon, Jupiter and Pluto, M51 is well placed, Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon and Saturn
16 M83 is well placed, Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, Close approach of the Moon and Mars, Haumea at opposition
18 M3 is well placed
20 The Moon at perihelion, The Moon at apogee
21 Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
22 Lyrid meteor shower
23 M101 is well placed, New Moon, π-Puppid meteor shower
26 Uranus at solar conjunction, Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
28 Venus at greatest brightness
30 Moon at First Quarter

 MAY 

4 C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) at perihelion
5 Mercury at superior solar conjunction, η-Aquariid meteor shower
6 The Moon at perigee
7 Full Moon
8 η-Lyrid meteor shower
9 The Moon at aphelion
10 Mercury at perihelion
12 M5 is well placed, Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon, Jupiter and Pluto, Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon and Saturn
14 C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) reaches its brightest, Moon at Last Quarter
15 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, Close approach of the Moon and Mars
18 Close approach of Jupiter and Saturn, The Moon at apogee
20 The Moon at perihelion
22 Conjunction of Venus and Mercury, New Moon
24 Conjunction of the Moon and Venus, Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
29 M4 is well placed, Mercury at dichotomy
30 Moon at First Quarter
31 Conjunction of Mars and Ceres, Mercury reaches highest point in evening sky

 JUNE 

2 M13 is well placed
3 The Moon at perigee, Venus at inferior solar conjunction
4 M12 is well placed, Mercury at greatest elongation east
5 Full Moon, Penumbral lunar eclipse
6 M10 is well placed
7 M62 is well placed, The Moon at aphelion
8 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon, Jupiter and Pluto
9 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon and Saturn
10 Daytime Arietid meteor shower
11 M92 is well placed
12 Conjunction of Mars and Neptune
13 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, Close approach of the Moon, Mars and Neptune, Moon at Last Quarter
15 The Moon at apogee
16 NGC 6388 is well placed
17 M6 is well placed, NGC 6397 is well placed
19 IC4665 is well placed, Close approach of the Moon and Venus, Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
20 The Moon at perihelion
21 June solstice, M7 is well placed, Annular solar eclipse, New Moon
22 Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
23 NGC 6530 is well placed, Mercury at aphelion
24 NGC 6541 is well placed
25 Conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto
27 June Bootid meteor shower
28 Moon at First Quarter, Asteroid 7 Iris at opposition
29 NGC 6633 is well placed
30 The Moon at perigee

 JULY 

1 M22 is well placed, Mercury at inferior solar conjunction
2 IC4756 is well placed
3 Asteroid 532 Herculina at opposition
4 The Earth at aphelion
5 Penumbral lunar eclipse, Full Moon, The Moon at aphelion
6 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon, Jupiter and Pluto, Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon and Saturn
8 Venus at greatest brightness
10 NGC 6752 is well placed, Venus at aphelion
11 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
12 Close approach of the Moon and Mars, The Moon at apogee
13 Moon at Last Quarter
14 Jupiter at opposition
15 Asteroid 2 Pallas at opposition
16 134340 Pluto at opposition
17 Close approach of the Moon and Venus, Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
18 M55 is well placed
19 Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
20 New Moon
21 Saturn at opposition, The Moon at perihelion
23 Mercury at greatest elongation west
27 Mercury reaches highest point in morning sky
25 The Moon at perigee
26 Mercury at dichotomy
27 Moon at First Quarter
28 Piscis Austrinid meteor shower
30 Southern δ-Aquariid meteor shower, α-Capricornid meteor shower

 AUGUST 

2 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter, Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon and Saturn, The Moon at aphelion
3 Mars at perihelion, Full Moon
6 Mercury at perihelion
9 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, Close approach of the Moon and Mars, The Moon at apogee
11 Moon at Last Quarter
12 Perseid meteor shower, Venus at dichotomy
13 Venus at greatest elongation west
14 M15 is well placed
15 M2 is well placed, Close approach of the Moon and Venus, Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
17 Ceres at aphelion, Mercury at superior solar conjunction, κ-Cygnid meteor shower
19 New Moon
20 The Moon at perihelion
21 The Moon at perigee
25 Moon at First Quarter
28 1 Ceres at opposition
29 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter, Asteroid 20 Massalia at opposition, Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon and Saturn
31 The Moon at aphelion, Aurigid meteor shower

 SEPTEMBER 

8 Venus reaches highest point in morning sky
1 Conjunction of Mars and Eris
2 Full Moon
6 Close approach of the Moon and Mars, Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, The Moon at apogee
9 September ε-Perseid meteor shower
10 Moon at Last Quarter
11 Asteroid 19 Fortuna at opposition, Neptune at opposition
14 Conjunction of the Moon and Venus, Close approach of the Moon and Venus
16 88P/Howell reaches its brightest
17 New Moon
18 The Moon at perigee
19 Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury, Mercury at aphelion, Conjunction of Mars and Eris, The Moon at perihelion
22 September equinox
24 Moon at First Quarter
25 NGC 55 is well placed, Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter, Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
26 Close approach of the Moon and Saturn, 88P/Howell at perihelion
27 Daytime Sextantid meteor shower
28 47-Tuc is well placed
29 The Moon at aphelion, 136472 Makemake at solar conjunction
30 Asteroid 68 Leto at opposition
19 Mercury reaches highest point in evening sky

 OCTOBER 

1 Mercury at greatest elongation east
2 Full Moon, M110 is well placed, M32 is well placed, M31 is well placed
3 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, Close approach of the Moon and Mars, The Moon at apogee
4 NGC 253 is well placed
5 SMC is well placed, NGC 300 is well placed, October Camelopardalid meteor shower
6 Mars at perigee, Mercury at dichotomy
8 NGC 362 is well placed, Draconid meteor shower
10 Moon at Last Quarter, Southern Taurid meteor shower
11 δ-Aurigid meteor shower
14 Mars at opposition, Conjunction of the Moon and Venus, Close approach of the Moon and Venus
15 M33 is well placed
16 New Moon
17 The Moon at perigee, 136199 Eris at opposition, Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
18 ε-Geminid meteor shower
19 The Moon at perihelion
20 136108 Haumea at solar conjunction
21 Orionid meteor shower
22 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter
23 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon and Saturn, Moon at First Quarter, Asteroid 11 Parthenope at opposition
24 Leonis Minorid meteor shower
25 Mercury at inferior solar conjunction
26 NGC 869 is well placed
27 Asteroid 471 Papagena at opposition, NGC 884 is well placed
28 The Moon at aphelion
29 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, Close approach of the Moon and Mars
30 The Moon at apogee
31 Venus at perihelion, Full Moon, Uranus at opposition, Fornax is well placed

 NOVEMBER 

1 Asteroid 8 Flora at opposition
2 Mercury at perihelion
8 Moon at Last Quarter, Mercury at dichotomy
10 Mercury reaches highest point in morning sky, Mercury at greatest elongation west
12 Northern Taurid meteor shower, Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
13 Close approach of the Moon and Venus, Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
14 The Moon at perigee
15 New Moon, Conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto
17 The Moon at perihelion, Leonid meteor shower, M45 is well placed
19 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon, Jupiter and Pluto, Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon and Saturn
21 α-Monocerotid meteor shower
22 Moon at First Quarter
25 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
26 Close approach of the Moon and Mars
27 The Moon at apogee
28 November Orionid meteor shower, The Moon at aphelion
30 Full Moon, Penumbral lunar eclipse

 DECEMBER 

2 Pheonicid meteor shower
5 December φ-Cassiopeid meteor shower
6 Puppid-Velid meteor shower
8 Asteroid 16 Psyche at opposition, Moon at Last Quarter, Monocerotid meteor shower
11 σ-Hydrid meteor shower
12 Conjunction of the Moon and Venus, The Moon at perigee, Close approach of the Moon and Venus, LMC is well placed
14 Geminid meteor shower, Total solar eclipse, New Moon, NGC 1981 is well placed
15The Moon at perihelion, Comae Berenicid meteor shower
16 Mercury at aphelion
17 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, Close approach of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn, Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, Close approach of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn
19 December Leonis Minorid meteor shower
20 Mercury at superior solar conjunction
21 December solstice, Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, Close approach of Jupiter and Saturn
22 Moon at First Quarter, Ursid meteor shower
23 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
24 The Moon at apogee
28 NGC 2232 is well placed
29 The Moon at aphelion, NGC 2244 is well placed
30 Full Moon

  • Traditional Romanian Constellations – digital exhibition – project granted by Romanian National Cultural Fond Administration (2012);
  • Traditional Romanian Constellations – National level – granted by Romanian National Cultural Fond Administration. This project included a live international conference on this subject, broadcasted on project own online TV site (2013);
  • The sky is in your hands – Traditional Romanian Constellations digital exhibition for blind and visually impaired people (2016) – project granted by National Cultural Fond Administration.  Multi-senzorial exhibition, with tactile, audio and special smells support. Five portable units were shared in other main museum locations from Romania;
  • Planetarium for blind and visually impaired people (2017) – project granted by National Cultural Fond Administration; two special devices with audio guidance and three-dimensional stars and links between them, forming the patterns;
  • PL@NETour – creation of a scientific tourism product and infrastructure for cross-border scientific tourism network in Maramures and Transcarpathia regions – granted by EU ENPI CBC PROGRAMME HUSKROUA 2007-2013
  • Our team also managed to implement Romanian stellar mythology into an open source Planetarium simulation programme called Stellarium (starting with version 0.13.0 of the programme).
  • Beneficent partner of the project UNITRIP (Universe to reach? In Planetarium) with Hvezdarna a planetarium Brno (Czech Republic) as Applicant and coordinator of the project. Exchange experience with specialists from planetariums located in Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic and cooperate for creation of an intellectual output (2018 – 2020).