MáLAGA – Stargazing will soon be possible in Málaga. Construction of the largest planetarium in the European Union will begin there this year. Furthermore, the southern Spanish city has reserved a plot of almost 9,000 square metres for this.
The planetarium will be situated in a well-connected location next to the A-7 highway, between the Plaza Mayor and Bahía Blanca shopping centres. Construction work will begin in 2022 with completion expected next year.
The future planetarium will have a dome with a diameter of 27 metres and will accommodate 400 people. Consequently, this makes it the largest in the EU. The initiators of the project led by astrophysicist Alberto Castro stated this in a press release.
The planetarium will be located on an 8,811 square metre plot between the Plaza Mayor and Bahía Blanca shopping centres. Currently, the founders are selecting sponsors and construction companies.
In addition, the facility will have nearly 1,000 square feet to host innovative science and technology exhibitions. In this regard, special attention will be paid to visitor interaction.
In another large space, preschoolers, schoolchildren, and students will be able to attend educational workshops. The aim is to make scientific and technological knowledge more accessible to these target groups in a pleasant way.
The large dome will show films with various leisure and science themes, as well as planetarium sessions featuring recreations of the celestial vault in different times and places.
250,000 visitors per year
The Málaga Planetarium will use 8K technology and a surround sound system. If all goes according to the plans, the new attraction for the popular city trip destination will open in 2023. Thereafter, the initiators hope to attract more than 250,000 visitors per year.