The Planetarium is located on the grounds of the University Astronomical Observatory outside the city. It opened in June 2013.
The observatory itself dates back to 1901. It bears the name of astronomy doctor Vasily Engelgardt, who donated all his astronomical equipment and a hefty sum of money to the university. They have been observing the stars for over a century here, without interrupting their observations even during the Great Patriotic War.
The Planetarium has much to offer: educational scientific programmes, popular science films and a study of stars and constellations with the aid of an optical mechanical projector. Visitors are also welcome to gaze at the stars through the world’s largest refracting telescope, which is over a hundred years old, or sign up for an interactive tour, which takes in such curios as the high-frequency Tesla coil, a mini replica of the Earth, and a company of dancing robots. The Planetarium is growing and expanding. It is soon to get an interactive learning system and an astropark with a multitude of edifying amusements, including the use of a Foucault Pendulum to obtain proof that the Earth goes round, or a ride that makes you feel like you’re on the surface of the Moon.