Dear guests of our city!

We are pleased to welcome you to «Nizhny Novgorod Planetarium named after G. M. Grechko». Our planetarium is the first digital planetarium in Russia.

For our visitors there is an opportunity to enjoy full-dome programs in the Big Star Hall in English:
- Dawn of the Space Age
- Natural Selection
- The Hot and Energetic Universe
- From Earth to Universe
- Dark Matter

Also viewers can admire the starry sky and find out which constellations can be seen in the sky of Nizhny Novgorod in summer.

The duration of the session is 1 hour.

The cost is 3000 rubles for a group of 1 to 10 people plus 300 rubles for each extra person.

Dawn of the Space Age

Production: Mirage 3D, The Netherlands, 2008.
Duration: 45 minutes.

Age Category: 12+. The program can be recommended for adults and children from 12 years.

The first cosmic conquests of mankind … Who were those brave people who challenged the space and went to the unknown? What were the severities from the launch of the first space satellite to manned flights and the most exciting mission to the Moon?

The most precise historical reconstruction of man’s first steps in space in the full-dome program “Dawn of the Space Age”.

Natural Selection

Production: Mirage 3D, The Netherlands, 2011.
Duration: 41 minutes.

Age Category: 12+. The program can be recommended for adults and children from 14 years.

Darwin’s mystery of mysteries!

Join Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the World with the HMS Beagle, to the Galapagos islands where he got inspired for his later theory of transmutation by Natural Selection.

In Victorian times many physical phenomena were already discovered and described by natural laws, but life’s most eloquent mechanism was still unknown: How could new species arise to replace those lost in extinction?

It was time for someone to stand up and come forth with a Naturalist explanation of this mystery of mysteries.

“Natural Selection” won the award of excellence at the Jena Fulldome Festival in 2010. The program received the highest audience rating among the 26 full-dome shows presented at the festival, as well as the award for the best musical accompaniment at the Imiloa Fulldome Film Festival in 2010. In addition, “Natural Selection” is the finalist of the Immersive Film Festival 2011.

The Hot and Energetic Universe

Production: ESO Fulldome, Germany-Italy, 2016.
Duration: 30 minutes.

Age Category: 12+. The program can be recommended for adults and children from 12 years.

The planetarium documentary “The Hot and Energetic Universe” presents with the use of Immersive Visualisations and real images the achievements of the modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.

High Energy Astrophysics plays a key role in understanding the universe. These radiations reveal the processes in the hot and violent universe.

High Energy Astrophysics probes hot gas in clusters of galaxies, which are the most massive objects in the universe. It also probes hot gas accreting around supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies.

Finally, high energy radiation provides important information about our own galaxy, neutron stars, supernova remnants and stars like our Sun which emit copious amounts of high energy radiation.

The XMM-Newton and the Integral missions, are leading the exploration of the X-ray and gamma-ray universe. ESA’s mission ATHENA, to be launched in 2028, will carry the most sensitive X-ray telescope ever and it will be the flagship of all X-ray missions.

The producer of the documentary is the “Integrated Activities in the High-Energy Astrophysics Domain” (AHEAD). This Project is funded by the European Union.

From Earth to the Universe

Production: ESO Fulldome, Germany, 2015.
Duration: 32 minutes.

Age Category: 12+. The program can be recommended for adults and children from 12 years.

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has inspired awe and been the subject of campfire stories, and ancient myths for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

This stunning, 30-minute voyage through space and time – the world’s first free downloadable fulldome planetarium movie – conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe as revealed to us by science.

Directed by the young Greek filmmaker Theofanis N. Matsopoulos, and featuring a sweeping soundtrack from Norwegian composer Johan B. Monell, viewers can revel in the splendour of the various worlds in the Solar System and the ferocity of the scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe then leaves our home to take the audience out to the colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of myriads of galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the Universe.

Director Theofanis N. Matsopoulos described the film as “a colourful and inspiring journey… the visuals are stunning and really speak for themselves in showing just how far humanity’s ambition has taken us in terms of observing and understanding the Universe”.

Dark Matter

Production: IVEC @ UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, 2012.
Duration: 20 minutes.

Age Category: 12+. The program can be recommended for adults and children from 12 years.

“Dark” is a fulldome movie that explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe.The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years – the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant. But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity and, through science, we can attempt to understand it.

The movie is presented by Dr Alan Duffy, a brilliant young astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia – who creates simulations of dark matter evolution inside supercomputers. Alan introduces us to the idea of dark matter, why astronomers think it exists, and explains why radio astronomy is so well-suited to its discovery.

We explore why the new Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Telescope, currently under construction in remote Western Australia, will be so important in this scientific quest. But this is only the beginning.

We journey through completely immersive visualisations of dark matter evolution calculated upon some of the world’s fastest supercomputers – cosmological visions on a truly vast scale, in which galaxies themselves are but points of light, distributed across far larger intergalactic structures of Dark Matter. These visualisations, developed by Paul Bourke, demonstrate the cutting-edge of contemporary supercomputer visualisation of massive scientific datasets and astrophysical simulation.

It sounds like Science Fiction, but it’s not. It’s the real stuff.