The Astronomical Observatory is the second place, next to the Planetarium in Olsztyn, where you can get closer to the stars. In 1979 it was located in a former water tower, a few hundred meters away from the planetarium. The tower itself was erected in 1897 on St. Andrew’s Hill, which was the highest point of the city back then. The only condition for successful observation is a cloudless sky. Then, late in the evening and at night, astronomy enthusiasts, by using telescopes, can enjoy the craters and mountains of the Moon, distant nebulae and galaxies, the rings of Saturn or the moons of Jupiter. In turn, during the day one can observe sunspots.
The Tower Terrace is also an excellent viewpoint, with a panoramic sight of the city. In addition, the visitors have an access to various studios such as “time service” and “cosmic radiation” where one can take a close look at the instruments used in astronomy. Among them is the Shortt clock, the most accurate mechanical timepiece ever built, and also a clock radio that receives solar time signals.
Monday-Saturday: 9.00am, 10.30am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm, 3.00pm - to 27 September
(the Sun and the panoramas, visiting the studios)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.00pm, 10.00pm