Clear night skies make Mallorca a wonderful place for professional and hobby astronomers. Many visitors aren’t aware that the island has an important astronomical observatory which houses one of the largest permanent exhibitions on meteors in Spain.
Visitors will find the Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca situated in the sleepy village of Costitx, where you will find narrow country lanes and wide open countryside. This rural location benefits from clear night skies and is the perfect place to see the moon, stars and Milky Way.
Every Friday and Saturday at 20:00h, the Planetarium projects the spectacular multilingual audio visual programme, ‘Evolution’, onto the domed ceiling. Afterwards visitors can enjoy guided sessions in the observation pods and look through the telescope. Staff are on hand to answer any questions and are passionate about inspiring children to learn more about space.
In addition to Catalan and Spanish, visitors will also find projections in English. In the summer, numerous lectures, evening workshops and shooting star observations known as “Lágrimas de Lorenzo”, are scheduled. Booking is recommended.
“Astronomy is like music. You simply know that you are called to it” says Salvador Sánchez, Director of the Observatory.
Stellar show at the Planetarium:
Every Friday and Saturday at 20:00h “Evolución” (duration 1.5 hrs) with spectacular computer animations of space and our solar system.