Mindanao is expected to have its very first planetarium in the second half of 2021 in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.
The planetarium is ₱50 million a project by PAGASA-DOST. It’s an attraction and, at the same time, an investment to enlighten and inspire the youth to take an interest in space and in science. The planetarium is also expected to help boost local tourism.
Planetariums have always been places filled with wonder and fascination. The space delivers entertainment while providing education and opportunity for further growth for enthusiasts of all ages. The state-of-the art facility in El Salvador City is expected to be an ideal setting for educational field trips and cosmic educational tours for the public, especially elementary and high-school students.
The planetarium will feature a large dome-shaped projection screen that will display constellations, planets, and other heavenly and celestial objects. These images will appear in 3D without the need for glasses.
PAGASA expects the to boost students’ learning in the field of astronomy. They also hoped it would spark interest among young people to pursue science-related degrees. Additionally, the local government expects the new attraction to draw tourists and travelers into the city, bolstering the local economy.
The site of the planetarium is located right behind the PAGASA Station along the highway and near Molugan National High School. The site is in close proximity to a mangrove shore, but PAGASA and the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental have coordinated with the DENR for the implementation of the project.
The project is evaluated to be at 60% to completion. It is set to be finished by August of 2021.