The observatory and planetarium of Vietnam National Space Centre, located at Hanoi’s Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, will be officially put into operation at the beginning of the second quarter this year.

 The main observation device of the observatory is the Ritchey-Chretien-reflecting optical telescope with a 0.5 m aperture, the largest in Vietnam.

The observatory aims to popularise knowledge about astronomy and space among the public.

The observatory goes along with a 100-seat planetarium, providing images and videos on the dome screen by a high-resolution projector system producing 3D effects, explaining astronomical phenomena such as the delimitation of seasons in the year, changes in the position of celestial objects and eclipses.-VNA