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ESRA Petach Tikvah visit Planetanya

News Date: 
4. June 2017 - 8:00
On a hot day in May, 37 ESRA members and non-members braved the heat to visit the new Planetanya, in Netanya (opened in ‎‎2016).  As the name suggests this is ‎a center that explores science and the planets.‎

We started our visit with a walk through the small but ‎well-appointed Japanese gardens. A very generous ‎contribution by Mr. Madarame-San, a true supporter of ‎Israel, has made the small area a place for quiet ‎contemplation and meditation.‎

‎There is a lot packed into such a small space, including ‎waterfalls and a small wooden bridge over a lily pond ‎stocked with beautiful lilies and fish.‎

Next we had a tour of the center’s science park where ‎there are a number or activities exploring the principles of ‎gravity, sound waves, solar activity and more.  Generally ‎for children but our group enjoyed the activities just as ‎much, and indeed it was difficult to get them away from ‎the fun they were having into the small planetarium to ‎watch a presentation on the solar system. ‎

After the planetarium show we enjoyed a lecture on the ‎star systems in the Zodiac and learnt some interesting ‎facts about how the birth signs were decided, and the fact ‎that in the 21st century we might not be the birth sign we ‎think we are!‎