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Lima planetarium offers (virtual) trips to space

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The National Planetarium in Ate will open its doors to the public this month for a simulated, astronomical trip. Check the dates here.

For many of us, traveling to Lima's eastern district Ate is a trip alone in itself. Depending on the route you take, the distance between Miraflores and Ate is about 20 km, and from central Lima about 14 km; add in some traffic and you've likely talked yourself out of going.

Every now and then, however, there comes a very good excuse to make the trip, and this month the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) has given us just that.

This February 12, 19, and 26 (all Sundays), the Planetario Nacional in Ate opens its doors to the public to view a new system that takes audiences on a virtual tour through the universe. The '˜full dome' experience simulates astronomical experiences such as galaxies, asteroids and planets. The 7.5 meter dome counts with a top-notch projectors, which will also be used for educational videos demonstrating effects of global warming.

The three Sundays will carry two themes: American skies (at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.) and A summer's night (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.).

Planetario Nacional
Calle Badajoz 169, Mayorazgo, Ate
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A U.S. native plucked from the green surroundings of her home state of Oregon, Agnes Rivera has been living in Lima, Peru, fulfilling various occupations such as teaching, translating, and journalism. While indoors she uses her time creatively to build "recycled art" and read fiction, she is quick to use any excuse to be outdoors, balancing her inner home-body lifestyle with an adventurous spirit to explore all that Peru has to offer.