Published: Monday February 4, 2013 MYT 8:00:00 PM
National Planetarium observatory open to public for first time
KUALA LUMPUR: The National Planetarium is opening its observatory to the public on Thursday for the first time in 19 years to give an opportunity to those who want to see the surface of the sun.
This is to mark the 19th anniversary of the planetarium, the National Space Agency (Angkasa) said in a statement Monday.
"The observatory is usually closed to the public but open only for students undertaking a special studies of space, and also for certain official visitors," it said.
The agency said the public would be able to see the surface of the sun with the naked eye with the use of its first C14 robotic telescope in Malaysia.
Besides visiting the to the observatory, there will be a free screening of "Journey to the Stars" and "Across the Universe: The Voyager Show", attend a public lecture organised by Falak Online on matters pertaining to space.
"The public is invited to attend the anniversary celebration, which will be on from 9am to 4.30pm," the agency said in the statement. - Bernama