Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014
By Kadri
Prague in Czech Republic in the summer is full of tourists and accordingly there are many places that are of interest.

However in the history of astronomy Prague has had a visible place as the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe lived out his last years in Prague and there lived and worked Johannes Kepler, who is known for his three laws of planetary motion. In addition in the 20th century Albert Einstein lived in Prague for sixteen months.

So what would one visit in Prague when keeping astronomy in mind?

1. The Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock in the old town is the oldest clock that is still working having been assembled in 1410.

2. The National Technical Museum

In the National Technical Museum one can see several exhibitions including for example transport, printing and mining, but more importantly astronomy.

The Astronomy exhibition is about the historical instruments in astronomy, so one can see old reflectors and refractors, armillary spheres and celestial globes as well as astronomical clocks, telluriums and sundials.

Armillary spheres and a celestial globe in the National Technical Museum in Prague.

An astronomical clock in the National Technical Museum in Prague.

A Sundial with a cannon in the National Technical Museum in Prague

3. The Prague Planetarium

In the planetarium one can go and see several planetarium shows that are mostly in czech language, but some are also available in English and the visitors will be provided with headphones with a translation in English.

In addition to the planetarium shows one can also visit the astronomy exhibition in the lobby, where one can see models of the Hubble telescope and Voyager spacecraft, but also try out a Mars and Lunar rover simulation.

4. The Štefánik Observatory

The Štefánik Observatory also has a small astronomy exhibition, but they also offer the possibility of observing the Sun during daytime in case of clear weather and the Moon and planets in the evenings.

The Zeiss Double Refractor in Štefánik Observatory

5. The Kepler Museum

The Kepler Museum is a one-room museum with a poster-exhibition about the life and works of Johannes Kepler.

6. The Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler Monument

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