One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural planetariums, Plural planetaria
1A domed building in which images of stars, planets, and constellations are projected for public entertainment or education.
- ‘Not only will it offer both an earth science museum and a planetarium (the Barlow Planetarium), but it also provides visitors with an opportunity to view a portion of the Barlow collection.’
- ‘I told them we trust the museum will open in the spring of 2007 and that we hope to open the planetarium, lobby, and café in the middle of this year.’
- ‘The Royal Observatory at Greenwich is to be restored and opened to the public, with the addition of a new planetarium.’
- ‘He announced to his wife that he was going to educate the public by building a planetarium in the back room of their house.’
- ‘So, in the past eight years, under his direction, the Bangalore Association for Science Education at the planetarium has helped young students start out on scientific careers.’
- ‘Shows at the temporary planetarium will allow visitors to explore the planets and moons of the solar system, take a journey into ancient Egypt to see how science was used to create calendars, and look at the search for life in outer space.’
- ‘Single fish-eye projectors that cover an entire dome now display digital skies in planetariums in many schools, science centers, and public libraries.’
- ‘Further applications include use in planetariums and other virtual reality scenarios in the field of entertainment.’
- ‘The observatory will be open to the public for the first time and the galleries will be located in the Victorian South Building, home of the old planetarium.’
- ‘Cosmic Microwave Background: The New Cosmology and other elements of the AstroBulletin are made available to museums, science centers, planetariums, and other public spaces nationwide and around the world.’
- ‘Anyone taking a trip to the local planetarium would have heard that the planets have 60 or so moons orbiting them on neat, nearly circular paths.’
- ‘The QM2 boasts 24-hour casinos, the only planetarium at sea, and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, where you can unwind from the day with an assortment of pampering treatments.’
- ‘When she got a few minutes away from planning the wedding, she was trying to set up the summer program for the planetarium.’
- ‘Within the scheme of science education, planetariums are considered an important tool for exciting youngsters and the general public about the wonders of the universe.’
- ‘Cosmonova, at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, is made up of an Omnitheatre with both a modern planetarium and a 70 mm-wide cinema.’
- ‘Marsapalooza is the product of a unique partnership funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, produced by Passport to Knowledge, and hosted by several museums, planetariums, science centers, and schools across the country.’
- ‘Between the star parties, parks, and planetariums, Hawaii offers more publicly accessible world-class astronomy per square mile than anywhere else on Earth.’
- ‘A Zeiss projector that was centrepiece of the Star Theatre for the planetarium's 27-year lifespan was purchased by York University, which currently has it disassembled in storage.’
- ‘Over 150 people, including school and college students, turned up at the planetarium on Thursday evening to view the celestial bodies.’
- ‘Although not terribly well known, the Observatorio Astronomico de Mallorca has a working planetarium and offers public skywatching using telescopes sufficiently powerful to study Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury.’
- 1.1 A device used to project images of stars, planets, and constellations.
- ‘A planetarium can do stars and project slides on the ceiling, maybe make a laser dance in one place, and that's about it.’
- ‘An inflatable planetarium is introducing the wonders of the universe into the classroom.’
- ‘While astronomers were radically expanding their view of the universe in the early part of the twentieth century, a new invention was also fueling a rising public enthusiasm: the planetarium.’
- ‘The planetarium projects bright stars and constellations visible in the Southern Hemisphere on your walls and ceilings.’
2another term for orrery
- ‘He wrote Theorica Planetarum which describes the construction of a planetarium, the first to be described by a European.’
- ‘He also included instructions on building a planetarium as well as its geometrical description.’
Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin planetarius ‘relating to the planets’.
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