the new Chinese attraction is 39,000 square meters dedicated to space

The gigantic Shanghai Astronomical Museum It is made up of three rooms: Oculus, Sphere and Inverted Dome, symbolizing the instrumentation of tracking the Sun, the Moon and the stars. We are facing a colossal structure of almost 39,000 square meters, designed by Ennead Architecs and partially inspired by the work of ‘The problem of the three bodies’ of Liu Cixin.

It is the largest astronomy museum in the world and this week it has opened to the public. Inside we can find from a 23 meter solar telescope to a huge IMAX screen, passing through all kinds of areas to educate attendees on space exploration.

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As the building’s designers explain, the complex shape is formed from three superimposed arches, symbolized as a celebration of the “space-time continuum” and as a representation of China’s “modern vision” of space. Either way, this imposing museum is the largest dedicated exclusively to astronomy. After several years of construction and some delay, as it was planned to open in 2020, the Shanghai Astronomical Museum can now be visited in the economic capital of China.

At the main entrance of the museum is located the Oculus, a structure that produces a circle of sunlight moving along the ground and over a reflective area. At noon during the summer solstice is when the complete circle of light is formed in line with the entrance plaza. A huge sundial to welcome you to the museum.

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The Planetary It is on a lower level and with the supports little visible to create an illusion of weightlessness. As you go up through the floors, the sphere is more and more visible as if representing the effect of the exit of light on the horizon of the Earth. There is also the inverted glass dome, a structure that allows you to see the open sky.

The museum houses all kinds of exhibitions, with 120 collections of instruments and original works by Galileo, Kepler, Newton and other astronomers. You can also find more than 70 meteorites, as well as experiments with augmented reality, virtual reality and different astronomical demonstrations.

Other elements that cannot be missing in a science museum are also present, such as a Foucault pendulum to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth or the largest telescope in China for astronomical research and science education, with one meter in diameter.

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With hours from Tuesday to Sunday, tickets are available to purchase at the official website of the museum. They must be purchased with the real name and a week before the visit. The base cost is 30 yuan, about 4 euros to change.

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