Daytime Visit (Exhibitions)

Solar exhibition

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The solar telescope on the roof of main builiding leads sunlight into the exhibition room. Part of the light is lead to spectroscope and produces "live spectrum" with dark Fraunhofer-absorption lines. The remaining light is projected as a bright image of the sun of approximately 100 cm in diameter. Sunspots are visible if they exist.

Exhibition room

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Several objects and large panels, which introduce the world of astronomy and works of observatory are displayed.

Examples: How the telescope works? Why we need large telescopes? How to get spectrum? What the spectrum tells us? What the near-infrared camera shows us? How to measure the distance to stellar objects? How the stars evolve?

Telescopes

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150-cm reflector telescope and 65-cm reflector telescope are displayed. These telescopes are used not only for researches but also stargazing. Stargazing parties are held at night on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Monuments

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There are replica of Jantar Mantar and an stone circle. Jantar Mantar is an indian observatory built in 18th century.

Mini events

Free of charge. Conducted in Japanese. Duration: 15 ~ 20 min. Schedule may change.

Weekends
11 amguided tour (monuments)
11:30 amdaytime starwatching
2 pmguided tour (monuments)
3 pm3D theater
Weekdays
11 amguided tour (monuments)
2 pmguided tour (monuments)

Guided tour of 150-cm reflector is cancelled due to spread of Covid-19.

Events

Various events take place. Please check annual events calendar (in Japanese).

Shop

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Open at 10:00 am
Close at 4:30 pm (Mar. ~ Oct.)
Close at 3:30 pm (Nov. ~ Feb.)

Cash only.

Rest area

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You may bring your lunch and have it around there. A vending machine for beverage is available. There is no restaurant.