«Glubokaya» – the Irkutsk Planetarium stargazing place – is located 75 kilometers (47 miles) along the paved federal road south-east from Irkutsk at the altitude above sea level of 914 meters (3,000 ft). This place has more than 200 clear nights per year and a 24-hour café 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) along the way. Clear dark sky surrounded by the taiga (Siberian forest). The observing through the telescopes is conducted by the professional astronomers. The stargazing sessions on deep sky objects are taking place each empty moon period. The interesting thing is that “Glubokaya” means “Deep” in Russian. Irkutsk Planetarium is providing the tours from Irkutsk to Glubokaya. English is available.
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