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April 11, 2016
Galaxy Gazing
Planetariums are cool – just check out the seminal scenes in James Dean flick Rebel Without A Cause (1955), where LA’s Griffith Observatory almost steals the show. These sci-smart domed theatres can be found everywhere from London to New York and Chicago, offering star-gazing opps aplenty, and the chance to learn about astronomy and the night sky.

Now Bangkok is cutting a slice of the intergalactic pie. After eight months of renovations, Thailand's oldest planetarium (scoping the skies since 1964) unveils its multi-million baht makeover, complete with spangly star-studded decor, new digital projectors and a state-of-the-art 4K-resolution theatre system, capable of screening more than 9,000 stars, including the Milky Way and other far-off galaxies. A custom-built fish-eye lens, high-definition 360-degree visuals and 5.1 surround sound will make you feel like you’re in the heart of the action.

The main attraction, ‘Exploring New Horizons’, tracks the New Horizons spacecraft on its mission to Pluto, with interactive installations and exhibitions on space travel and technology. Even dinosaurs, insects and an aquarium get a look in.

You’ll find this 450-seat, blue-domed beauty a short stroll from Ekkamai Station on the BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit Line (Exit 2). English language shows are on Tuesday mornings at 10am, and not all display signage is in English, but Thai screenings can be entertaining too. Just channel Captain Kirk and hold on tight! “Space, the final frontier…?”
928 Sukhumvit Rd / Phra Khanong / Khlong Toei / +66 2 392 1773 / 8.30am-4.30pm Tue-Sun