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September Stargazing at the Moscow Planetarium

Anyone can turn up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings until the end of September to take a look at the stars and ask the planetarium's professional skygazers' questions. That does depend on the weather, of course. Two hours before the start, the planetarium's website posts a notice that tells you whether it is worth turning up or not.
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Moscow Planetarium to Welcome Visitors in December 2010

It has been announced that the Planetarium would be open for public in December 2010.
The Planetarium will be completed in two stages. The first stage is the completion of the construction work which is planned for September, and the second stage is the installation of the equipment in December.
A pedestrian bridge to the Planetarium will be constructed linking it to the city Zoo.
The Planetarium can expect up to 1 million visitors every year.

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Moscow Planetarium is under threat.
The late 1920s were a time of optimism about science and space travel. Two architects, Mikhail Barshch and Mikhail Sinyavsky captured the spirit of the era with their futuristic silver-domed design for the new Moscow Planetarium.
On Nov. 5, 1929, the two architects stood outside the Moscow Planetarium as it opened on the Garden Ring. Its dome could be seen from afar and people would line up for hours to see the stars and planets spin on the ceiling at different times of day.
Today, the metallic egg-shaped roof of the planetarium is barely visible from the busy highway. Although the building has been recently elevated, it is dwarfed by new, higher buildings. Its dome peeks above a strip club.
It has been almost 14 years since the planetarium last opened to the public, and when it will reopen remains a mystery.

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