TECH World's largest planetarium in Shanghai to begin trial run in June

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World's largest planetarium in Shanghai to begin trial run in June

CGTN

10:49, March 03, 2021

A view of the Shanghai Planetarium. (Photos: Xinhua)

The Shanghai Planetarium, a branch of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, has completed over 90 percent of its construction projects and is scheduled to begin trial operations in June, according to local authorities.

Located in the Pudong New Area, the planetarium has a total floor area of over 38,000 square meters and a planned exhibition area of 12,500 square meters. It is expected to become the world's largest planetarium in terms of overall floorage.

The planetarium has been designed to include a main building and ancillary facilities, such as an exploration center for the youth and two observatories for the public.

It will also include a grand Dome Theater with an inner diameter of 23 meters and an outer diameter of about 30 meters.

The interior view of the Shanghai Planetarium.

The planetarium has so far amassed some 70 meteorites, including those from the moon, Mars and Vesta.

Additionally, some notable meteorites that fell on various parts of the Earth will be on display, such as Shanghai Changxing Island meteorite (1966), Suizhou meteorite (1986), Juancheng meteorite (1997) and Naqu meteorite (2020) from China, Sikhote-Alin meteorite (1947) and Chelyabinsk meteorite (2013) from Russia, Namibia's prehistoric Gibeon meteorite, and Barringer meteorite (Pleistocene epoch) from America.

It will also house over 120 pieces and collections of artifacts, including original works from Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler and other masters.

It will also feature cutting-edge technologies, including data visualization, augmented reality, virtual reality, biometrics and artificial intelligence, allowing the visitors to enjoy immersive experience and gain astronomical scientific knowledge through interaction.

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