I love astronomy, stargazing, E.Ts and Ancient Aliens series, of course! :). Today, I like to share some photos I took from my recent visit to the National Planetarium. It is located on a hill, surrounded by beautiful nature and just a few minutes walk from the Botanical Garden. And I'm lucky to live just half an hour walk from this place :). This year, the planetarium is celebrating it's 19th birthday. Grab a cuppa, get comfortable and lets tour!;
The entrance to the National Planetarium. [Its a pity that they turned off the cascading water fountain].
A sunny, but hazy day out. Quiet a work out to get up here :).
A sun dial. Can you tell what time I got up here?.
Hint : look at the line shadow :). Yup, 10 am.
Lets check out the tallest part of the building, shall we?.
The observation deck.
Looking down from the observation deck. On the top left is the National Museum.
LOVE these big trees.
Another wicked tree I saw on the other side of the hill.
Kuala Lumpur skyline from the tower, looking east (I think). I have seen better days with blue sky and whispy clouds.
Lets go inside. There are a lot of cool displays that I can't possibly share here :). Experiments, cool scientific games for the kids, astronomical models & idol astronauts, memorabilia of space travels, Malaysian astronaut & space program, anti-gravity room (I can't stand 2 minutes in there, so dizzy!), space movie theater and lots more.
Mars rover model. Can't believe it is now up there, exploring :).
A movie of the Mars space exploration is shown in the aisle.
Many stunning astronomical photographs displayed in the gallery.
'A Tribute to Neil Armstrong' exhibition in another room.
Humbling words from the man, himself. [Some people believe that moon landing was a hoax].
LOVE this model of the International Space Station (ISS). It orbits the Earth, 15 times a day!.
This reminds me a lot of the movie 'Armageddon'.
In the movie, Hollywood blew up the then Russian Space Station (MIR) while the space cowboys refueling their rockets on their way to drill the oncoming asteroid. I have to smile at that.
The Malaysian astronauts. Guys, I'm so proud of ya!. On the left, is a video showing the 'Survival' exercise they did in the Russian wilderness. Only one was selected for the journey though. Dr. Faiz Khaleed and Dr. Sheikh Muzaffar (waving).
A replica of Dr. Sheikh Muzaffar's space suit.
The third astronaut, yours truly. It may be for the kids, but hey, no ones looking. Ha!.
The best part, watching movies in the Space Theater. And I always get the top seat (just a row above the circle ledge) every single time :).
I can't tell you enough, how amazing it was to sit up there, in partial darkness, surrounded by billions of galaxies in 360 degree view. Humbling. Felt so small. Longing for home.
This picture doesn't do justice. I need to learn taking better pictures in pitch darkness!. We are watching 'Across the Universe: The Voyager', by the way.
And, we were out again.
This is my favorite spot, sitting underneath the bamboo shades. In the distance, you could almost see the replica of the Stonehenge and another ancient observatory.
I LOVE looking up to the sky.
On windy days, you can hear the bamboos 'sing'. The soft soothing sound they make when their hollow trunks are brushing againts one another.
I hope you had fun, coming along :). Though our planetarium is tiny compares to that of Houston Johnson's Space Center, but it's a treasure :). With that, wishing you great weekend ahead!. HUGS.