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The Observatory at Gummer

The Observatory at Gummer: the village of the stars

If you find the expanses of the Universe fascinating, then you should go to the Observatory at Gummer near Karneid where stars, suns and planets are brought close enough to touch.
Lots of cloudless nights, little light pollution and hardly any air turbulence: these conditions are necessary for building an observatory. The little village of Gummer near Karneid – near Bozen – fulfils all of these conditions and has used them not just to create an observatory, but a whole village of stars, too. As well as an observatory, there is a planetarium, a solar observatory and a Planets Path in the village. This has made the first 'star village' in Europe into a Mecca for stargazers. While astronomers from all over the world meet here in summer, the observatory attracts non-experts all the year round.

The Observatory at Gummer: space everywhere
The Observatory is located a little way past the village of Gummer in the district of Karneid, 35 minutes' drive from Bozen. A few metres behind Untereggerhof farm, there are two small, round houses with a cupola roof housing the Observatory and the Solar Observatory. The cupolas have roofs that may be opened, as is usual with observatories, in order to allow unencumbered views of the night sky. You can see how the location of the Observatory at Gummer is ideal for observing the stars: it is right at the start of the Dolomites and opens up onto a wide panorama. As soon as your eyes have got used to the dark, you can not just look up at the stars, but also at the surrounding mountains. It is advisable to wrap up warm (even in summer), as the nights at this altitude can get really chilly. But before visitors enter the Observatory, there is a short introduction to astronomy. Then they can observe through the telescope what has just been explained to them.

From sun to sun
The Solar Observatory may be found next to the Observatory at Karneid. Here too, observation starts with an introduction to astronomy. This is done by members of the 'Max Valier' Amateur Astronomers' Association, whose goal it is to convey useful knowledge about the Universe to interested parties.
But a trip to the Observatory at Gummer is not complete until you have had a walk along the Planets Path. This brings a tangibility to the dimensions and interrelationships that exist in space by representing the solar system on a scale from one to billion. Visitors can find out more about the individual planets at various locations – the distances between these as well as their size are also proportional to their scale. The walk leads for two to three hours through meadows, forest and biotopes and is recommended as a family walk. Last but not least, walkers are accompanied by fantastic views of the Dolomites.

A seat in the Universe
Anyone wishing to gaze at the stars whilst staying in the warm may stop off at the Planetarium. A simulation room that displays the course of celestial bodies regardless of the time of day and weather conditions has been created right on the village square of Gummer. Up to 55 guests may sit in cinema seats and watch the screen projected onto the dome roof like in a space ship: the 360-degree screen shows images in 3D to music and sound effects. There are only a few of these monitor-type domes in the world and the one at Gummer is unique with its high definition. During the showings, you soon get the feeling that you are sitting right at the centre of the Universe.
 
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Farms in the surrounding area of the observatory

Stadlalm
Fam. Kircher
Welschnofen
Distance 12,5 km
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Seaphof
Fam. Pichler
Karneid
Distance 3,1 km
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Gamperhof
Fam. Lantschner
Karneid / Gummer
Distance 4,2 km
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Stablerhof
Fam. Vieider
Karneid / Steinegg
Distance 6,6 km
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Kohlerhof
Fam. Kafmann
Welschnofen
Distance 6 km
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Heinzenhof
Fam. Kohler
Welschnofen
Distance 11,2 km
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Oberpoppener-Hof
Fam. Wiedenhofer
Welschnofen
Distance 11,6 km
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Heiglerhof
Fam. Lantschner
Karneid / Steinegg
Distance 8,5 km
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Grotthof
Fam. Pichler
Deutschnofen / Eggen
Distance 12,9 km
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Thalerhof
Fam. Gargitter
Deutschnofen / Eggen
Distance 12,9 km
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Brentwaldhof
Fam. Schwarz
Karneid
Distance 9,9 km
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Matzhof
Fam. Kaufmann
Welschnofen
Distance 10,2 km
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Vöstl-Hof
Fam. Pardeller
Welschnofen
Distance 9,1 km
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Schmidsagererhof
Fam. Kafmann
Welschnofen
Distance 9,6 km
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Karerhof
Fam. Pardeller
Welschnofen
Distance 13,1 km
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Tschandlhof
Fam. Kohler
Welschnofen
Distance 9,1 km
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Unterwerkstatthof
Fam. Pichler
Deutschnofen / Eggen
Distance 13,1 km
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Kronlechnerhof
Fam. Gall
Welschnofen
Distance 6,1 km
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Innerfohrerhof
Fam. Pichler
Welschnofen
Distance 9,4 km
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Zyprian-Hof
Fam. Seehauser
Welschnofen
Distance 9,1 km
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Favourite Star observatory "Max Valier" 41031ea387de086c5c2dcab2cfedcc83
San Valentino di Sopra/Obergummer
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Run by the Max Valier Association of Amateur Astronomers, the star observatory in San Valentino di Sopra is the only observatory in South Tyrol and holds guided torus every Thursday evening throughout the year.

Take highway's exit “Bolzano Nord/Eggental”, turn right direction Bolzano/Bozen, after about 0,5 km on roundabout keep left and head towards Val d’Ega (SS 241). Keep driving up to Ponte Nova. At Ponte Nova’s crossroads, turn to the left and continue to S. Valentino e S. Valentino di Sopra (about 30 min. from highway toll booth).

Planetarium South Tyrol
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39053 San Valentino in Campo (Italy)
Tel.: +39 0471 610020
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