Monday, 11 November 2013

The Akashi Municipal Planetarium.

I went to the Akashi Municipal Planetarium with my 5 year old son the other day. We hopped on a few trains and made a trip out of it.

Since my son has recently shown a bit of interest in stars, constellations, and astronomy, our main objective was to go to the planetarium, and we made sure to go to the kids session.

Although I didn't know before I went, the planetarium is located right on the meridian of 135 degree east longitude and determines Japan Standard time.

This photo was taken at about 10:30 am.

Not only is there a planetarium, but there is a museum on astronomy and the universe, and a museum about time and clocks. The observatory has several flights of stairs, and the top floors show a great view of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and the Seto Inland Sea. Since I grew up near the ocean, I need to get my dose of sea air once in a while.

My son had a great time, and when we got back home we checked out constellation atlas at home to see what we can see in the autumn sky.