The Stefanik Observatory (locally Štefánikova hvězdárna) is located on the top of Petrin hill, and is the city's only observatory.
The observatory was named after Milan Stefanik, one of the co-founders of the Czechoslovakian state, as well as being a keen scientist and astronomer.
Opened 9 years after his death, in June 1928, the observatory is made up of three domes with differently powered telescopes, as well an observation lounge. There is also a permanent exhibition here relating to astronomy and the stars.
During the day, you are able to look through the telescopes to observe the sun, with its sunspots and solar flares. At nighttime, the focus turns to the Moon and our planets.
It is possible to reach the observatory using the funicular railway from Ujezd, or by foot from the Ujezd, Strahov stadium or Pohorelec stations.
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