Very close to our Athens based hotels, Olympic and Attik, lies an astronomical treasure. At a distance of about 20 odd minutes, our guests can have a... galactic experience by visiting the Penteli Astronomical Station (PAS).
The Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications & Remote Sensing (IAASARS) has found a public home in two visitor centres, allowing visitors to enter a truly phantasmagoric cosmos of stars, planets and nebulas.
Operating since 1995, the station at Penteli is housed at an elevated location on Koufos hill, giving it a particularly enchanting vantage point. The structure has been built using the famous Penteli marbles and features a 14m diameter dome, making it quite a grandiose structure. Inside, the station proudly boasts a 62.5cm Newall refractor telescope which was donated to the National Observatory of Athens in 1957. The dome and telescope have both been renovated in 2013 keeping them in top-notch condition for scientists’ research observations as well as visitors’ recreational star-gazing.
|Photography credit: Theofanis N. Matsopoulos|
For our business travellers especially, who are potentially busy with business meetings during normal working hours, an evening visit to the Penteli Astronomical Station will constitute a soothing, relaxing and leisurely activity. An educational alternative to watching a movie, the evening tours run typically 4 times per month, starting 8pm.
What better way to end your night than by filling your head with images that are... out-of-this world, and paint a cosmic panorama of intergalactic vastness in your mind?