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A stellar view of the stars

The Zeiss-Grossplanetarium in Berlin will reopen tomorrow after two years of refurbishment.

With a diameter of 23m, the scientific theatre is one of the largest planetariums in Germany.

During a show, images from six projectors cover the dome's 900 sq m surface, displaying panoramic laser projections of the night sky, as well as videos and 3D animations.

Stargazers can not only look at the stars, but also find out more about the history of the universe, individual planets and the "weather conditions" in space from on-site astronomers.

Programmes conducted in the dome range from "tours of the stars" to multimedia music and laser shows that educate the audience on the history of space .

Zeiss-Grossplanetarium, which opened its doors in 1987, seats 240 people and welcomes adults as well as children.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2016, with the headline 'A stellar view of the stars'. Print Edition | Subscribe