Where: Vicolo Baciadonne, 1 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)
The Astronomical section of the Museum of the Sky and the Earth contains the third largest Planetarium in Italy, the Astronomical Observatory, a meteorological station and a museum with an important collection of meteorites.
The municipal observatory Giorgio Abetti, besides the Planetarium, is equipped with a telescope. Communication and education are the main functions of the Observatory. In recent years there have been thousands of visitors, who have watched the sky through the eyepiece of the instrument.
The telescope is housed in a dome of 4,5 metres. Through it you can observe shadows and craters on the Moon, the phases of Mercury and Venus, the frozen poles of Mars and details on the Saturn rings.
The observatory contains also a heliostat, that is an instrument to observe the sun and that makes clearly visible flares and sunspots.
The Museum of the sky and the earth includes, in addition to the natural and astronomical area, Tecnoscienza (a section of the museum of the Department of Physics of the University of Bologna) and the area of ecological balance called Bora.
Ph. and fax 0039 051 827067
- Astronomical Observatory: Tuesday and Friday 9.00pm - 11.00pm and by appointment
- Planetarium: Friday 9.00pm and Sunday 3.30pm (September - May)
- Ecomuseum of Water: Tuesday and Thursday 3.00pm - 6.00pm, Sunday 3.00pm - 7.00pm
- Insect Laboratory is open on the 4th Sunday of the month from 4.00pm (Ph. 051 827067)
- Observatory, Botanical Garden, Natural Areas and Ecomuseum of Water: free entrance.
- Planetarium and Insect Laboratory:
URP - Public Relations Office
San Giovanni in Persiceto
Address: Corso Italia 78 - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO)
Toll free number 800 069678
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 8.30am-1.30pm
Opening times (July and August)
Mon – Sat 8.30am-1pm
Loc. San Matteo della Decima c/o Centro civico
Via Cento 158/a - 40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto
Phone: +39 051 6812057
Mon – Sat 8.30am-1.30pm
Last update: 23-07-2019