National Planetarium extends free admission until May 31

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 22) — The National Museum Planetarium extends free admission to its shows until May 31.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the National Museum said entry to the planetarium is free in celebration of National Heritage Month this May.

The planetarium launched its new full dome planetarium projector on March 24, and offered free admission to the planetarium until the end of April.

In March, the planetarium unveiled its new hybrid projector -- the first of its kind in the Philippines.

The new hybrid projector by Japanese company Goto combines the National Planetarium's original 1975 analog projector with a digital projector.

Central Museum Visitor Operations Division Chief Ma. Belen Pabunan, who is in charge of the National Planetarium, said the modernized projector paves the way for more detailed and realistic planetarium shows.

"It was already combined with the manual, so meron siyang feature na mas detailed yung stars -- unlike yung digital lang hindi masyadong detailed yung pointed stars," she told CNN Philippines.

[Translation: It was already combined with the manual (projector), so it has a feature where stars are more detailed. This is unlike digital projectors, where pointed stars aren't so detailed.]

Along with the new projector, the modernized National Planetarium features new seats and upgraded facilities.

The 35 to 45-minute shows in the planetarium run from Tuesday to Sunday.

Tuesday to Saturday shows are scheduled at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

On Sundays, shows are at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The National Planetarium is along Padre Burgos Street in Ermita, Manila. Visitors can access it through the Rizal Park entrance.

This story was updated to reflect the National Planetarium's extended dates for free admission.