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plan·e·tar·i·um

 (plăn′ĭ-târ′ē-əm)
n. pl. plan·e·tar·i·ums or plan·e·tar·i·a (-ē-ə)
1. An apparatus or model representing the solar system.
2.
a. An optical device for projecting images of celestial bodies and other astronomical phenomena onto the inner surface of a hemispherical dome.
b. A building or room containing a planetarium, with seats for an audience.

planetarium

(ˌplænɪˈtɛərɪəm)
n, pl -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
1. (Astronomy) an instrument for simulating the apparent motions of the sun, moon, and planets against a background of stars by projecting images of these bodies onto the inside of a domed ceiling
2. (Astronomy) a building in which such an instrument is housed
3. (Astronomy) a model of the solar system, sometimes mechanized to show the relative motions of the planets

plan•e•tar•i•um

(ˌplæn ɪˈtɛər i əm)

n., pl. -tar•i•ums, -tar•i•a (-ˈtɛər i ə)
1. an apparatus or model representing the solar system.
2. a device that produces a representation of the heavens by the use of moving projectors.
3. the building or room in which such a device is housed.
[1765–75; < New Latin, n. use of neuter of Latin planētārius planetary]

planetarium

1. a representation of the planetary system, particularly one in which the movements of the planets are simulated by projectors.
2. a room or building housing such an apparatus.
See also: Astronomy, Planets
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.planetarium - a building housing an instrument for projecting the positions of the planets onto a domed ceilingplanetarium - a building housing an instrument for projecting the positions of the planets onto a domed ceiling
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
planetarium - an optical device for projecting images of celestial bodies and other astronomical phenomena onto the inner surface of a hemispherical dome
2.planetarium - an optical device for projecting images of celestial bodies and other astronomical phenomena onto the inner surface of a hemispherical dome
optical device - a device for producing or controlling light
planetarium - a building housing an instrument for projecting the positions of the planets onto a domed ceiling
3.planetarium - an apparatus or model for representing the solar systems
simulation, model - representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
orrery - planetarium consisting of an apparatus that illustrates the relative positions and motions of bodies in the solar system by rotation and revolution of balls moved by wheelwork; sometimes incorporated in a clock
Translations

planetarium

[ˌplænɪˈtɛərɪəm] N (planetariums or planetaria (pl)) [ˌplænɪˈtɛərɪə]planetario m

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planetarium

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