Why is February so Special? Yup! That’s wright! On 14’s! The Valentine’s Day! On that day all couples create the nuances of romantic, one of them by visiting beautiful wrought-place, which if can enhance intimacy. Candle lite diner for two at a leading restaurant, watching a romantic-comedy film in theatre, lying on a white beach to enjoy the sunset, while slurping a glass of chilled champagne, or just a walk in the city’s park, embraced, under the bright full moon. But it all sounds cliche. And maybe you need another alternative. Maybe …. celebrate the V’s Day with your love one, with the stars and the planets in the universe …. that you can experience it at : Bosscha Planetarium.
Bosscha Planetarium is one of the oldest star observation center in Indonesia, located in Lembang, 15 km north of Bandung. Bosscha Observatory (formerly called Bosscha Sterrenwacht) built by the Nederlandsch-Indische Vereeniging Sterrenkundige (NISV) or the Union Star Dutch East Indies. At the first meeting NISV, it was decided to build an observatory in Indonesia for the promotion Astronomy in the Dutch East Indies. And in that meeting, Karel Albert Rudolf Bosscha, a landlord at the Malabar tea plantation, willing to be the major funders and promised to provide assistance telescope purchase. In recognition of his services K.A.R. Bosscha in the construction of this observatory, the name Bosscha immortalized as the name of the observatory.
Development of this observatory alone spent approximately 5 years since 1923 until 1928. The first international publication Bosscha Observatory conducted in 1933. However, later observations were to be discontinued because of World War II. After the war, carried out major renovation of the observatory because of damage caused by the war until the end of the observatory can operate normally again. Then on October 17, 1951, this observatory NISV handed to the government of Indonesia. After the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) was founded in 1959, Bosscha Observatory became part of the ITB. And since then, Bosscha functioned as research institutions and the formal education of astronomy in Indonesia.
There are 5 pieces of large telescopes, namely:
Double Zeiss Refractor Telescope
This telescope is used to observe the visual double stars, measuring the eclipse photometry of stars, watching the image of the crater of the moon, planetary observing, observing opposition Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and to observe the comet’s bright image detail as well as other celestial bodies. This telescope has a second objective lens with a diameter of each lens is 60 cm, with a fire point or focus is 10.7 meters.
Schmidt Milky Way Telescope
This telescope is used to study the structure of the Milky Way, study the spectrum of stars, observed asteroid, supernova, bright and Nova for the specified chemical composition, and to take pictures of sky objects. 71.12 cm diameter lens. Biconcaf correction lens diameter of 50 cm-biconfex. Fire point / focus of 2.5 meters. Also equipped with a prism refracting the prime corner of 6.10, to obtain spectra of stars. This prism dispersion at H-gamma-312A each night. The tools are extra-Wedge Sensitometer telescope, to count blackish scales bright stars, and film recording device.
Bamberg Refractor Telescope
This telescope is used to count bright stars, determining the distance scale, measuring the eclipse photometry of stars, watching the image of the crater of the moon, solar observations, and to observe other celestial bodies. Equipped with a photoelectric photometer to obtain scale-bright star of light intensity in the electricity caused. Lens diameter is 37 cm. Fire point or focus is 7 meters.
GOTO Cassegrain Telescope
With this telescope, the object can be directly observed by incorporating the object position data. Then the observation data will be entered into the data storage media directly. Binoculars can also be used to measure the star’s light and strong spectral observations of stars. Equipped with a spectrograph and photoelectric-photometer.
Unitron Refractor Telescope
This telescope is used to make observations moon, lunar eclipse observation and solar eclipses, sunspots and shooting as well as observation of other heavenly bodies. With a lens diameter is 13 cm, and focus is 87 cm.
Towards Observatory Boscha really easy. Travel through four-wheel vehicles from Bandung direction takes approximately 30 minutes. Even if there are traffic-jamned that typically occur on Saturdays and Sundays, will take about 40 minutes. Regarding the parking lot, especially for private vehicles, could be on site. But for public buses, can only be parked on Jl. Raya Lembang. And even then only for three buses. The distance from Jl.Raya Lembang to the location about two miles. And for those who are not driving can use the services of “ojeg” (motor-bike for public transpotation), it costs around Rp 3,000 to Rp 5000, -. By foot (while exercising) seems to be the choice of visitors, rather than using ojeg.
So, enjoy your V’s Day, make your love bloom beneath the bright stars. 😉