Sultan Iskandar Planetarium

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Sultan Iskandar Planetarium
Planetarium Sultan Iskandar
Planetarium Sultan Iskandar official logo.svg
Planetarium Sultan Iskandar.jpg
The main entrance of Planetarium Sultan Iskandar
Established 19 January 1989 (1989-01-19)
Location Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Coordinates 1°32′52.76″N 110°20′41.03″E / 1.5479889°N 110.3447306°E / 1.5479889; 110.3447306Coordinates: 1°32′52.76″N 110°20′41.03″E / 1.5479889°N 110.3447306°E / 1.5479889; 110.3447306
Type Science museum
Visitors 10,500 (2009)
8,063 (2010)
16,726 (2011)
19,800 (2012)
16,925 (2013)
17,526 (2014)[1]
Curator Adolph Kunert (1989-1990)
Dr. Zalia Morshidi (1990-1994)
Rozalina Annuar (1999)
Ismandy Ali (2006-present)[2]
Public transit access None[3]
Nearest parking Kuching Civic Centre[3]
Website www.planetarium-sarawak.org

The Sultan Iskandar Planetarium (Malay: Planetarium Sultan Iskandar) is a planetarium in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. It is also the first planetarium to be constructed in Malaysia.[4]

History[edit]

The RM 3 million planetarium was constructed along with RM 30 million Kuching Civic Centre. It was officiated by Sultan Iskandar of Johor who was the then Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia on 19 January 1989 and was opened to the public on 1 March 1989. The planetarium has a sitting capacity of 172, equipped with a white dome of 15 metres in diameter, fitted with four projectors, and lightning facilities. The planetarium uses a German-made Zeiss projector which can show 5000 stars, a moon, and several special effects. The main purpose of this planetarium is to show educational videos about astronomy and to give the audience an experience of the outer space. The first show screened in the planetarium was a documentary about the moon made by a professor from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).[5][6] The first curator of this planetarium was a German citizen named Adolph Kunert. He was appointed to the position for one year before he returned to his home country. Among the programmes organised by the planetarium are: school holiday space science programmes, entourage to Sabah solar eclipse observations, camps, astoquiz, Astronomy Day, exhibitions and roadshows.[7][8] The planetarium also offers industry training programmes for Information Technology, Science, and Social Science students.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistik Pengunjung 2014 (2014 visitors statistics)". Planetarium Sultan Iskandar. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Kurator Terdahulu dan Terkini (Previous and current curators)" (in Malay). Planetarium Sultan Iskandar. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Lokasi PSI (PSI Location)". Planetarium Sultan Iskandar. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Planetarium Sultan Iskandar". IAU Directory for World Astronomy. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "King and Queen to visit Sarawak". New Straits Times. 17 January 1989. Retrieved 25 December 2015. The king will then visit the Dewan Suarah Complex here to open a Planetarium. 
  6. ^ Siang, Tan Chin (2 April 1989). "Are the Stars Out Tonight?". New Sunday Times. p. 2. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Program Sains Angkasa Cuti Sekolah (School Holidays Space Science Programmes)" (in Malay). Planetarium Sultan Iskandar. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sejarah PSI (History of Planetarium Sultan Iskandar (PSI))" (in Malay). Planetarium Sultan Iskandar. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Latihan Industri (Industry training)" (in Malay). Planetarium Sultan Iskandar. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 

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