Việt Nam’s first observatory, located in Nha Trang City in the central province of Khánh Hòa, will open its doors to visitors in September. — Photo dantri.com.vn
Viet Nam News
NHA TRANG — Nha Trang Observatory, the first of its kind in Việt Nam, will open its doors to visitors in September.
The construction of the observatory, which is situated by Hòn Chồng, a natural rocky landscape by the beach in Nha Trang City, began in 2014. The observatory has cost around VNĐ60 billion (US$2.6 million) and has a 0.5-metre optical telescope, a 60-seat cosmic projection room and a 200sq.m exhibition room.
The general director of Vietnam National Space Centre Phạm Anh Tuấn said the main function of Nha Trang Observatory is to conduct basic research on optical astrophysics; popularise cosmic science among the public; provide support for training, teaching and improving human resources in astrophysics; and collaborate with similar organisations in Việt Nam and abroad.
The Nha Trang City authority will integrate the observatory into city tours for tourists.
Việt Nam’s second observatory is under construction in Hòa Lạc High-Tech Park in Hà Nội, and is expected to become operational next year. — VNS