Due to its geological position Armenian nights are particularly dark and the stars are seen brighter. That is one of the reasons why Armenia was the center of astrological research center during the Soviet era.
As the director of Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory named after Victor Hambardzumyan, Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan says the next big thing for sky watchers will happen on January 31st. The phenomenon is called “Parade of Planets” during which several planets – Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will line up and stay so for a long time.
Everyone can enjoy the interplanetary spectacle with naked eye, but more curious people can visit Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory by catching the Minibus #520 from the Central Bus Station.