In Shanghai, China, the world’s largest planetarium has opened. The planetarium opened on Saturday but started receiving the public from yesterday; Sunday, 18th July 2021. The name of the planetarium is The Shanghai Astronomy Museum.
The museum’s main building, when viewed from the air looks like a super bowl of astronomical instruments. The view presented looks astronomical with a circular skylight, an inverted spherical dome, and a dome theatre. Also, like the mechanism of sundials, a light spot on the ground changes as sunlight shines through the circular skylight. This view will be a perfect circle on the noon of the Summer Solstice. The summer solstice is the day with the longest hours of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere.
The ancient Chinese mythology symbols for the sun and the moon are what the Xihe and the Wangshu Towers, are named after. The two towers however stand like satellites of the main building. Visitors to the world’s largest planetarium can observe the sun through the educational adaptive-optics solar telescope in the Xihe Tower. They also can see high-definition images of sunspots and solar flares.
Additionally, at night a double-focus, one-meter telescope, allows visitors too in the Wangshu Tower to enjoy numerous views. Views of the moon, planets, and celestial bodies in deep space. This telescope in question is the largest in China in terms of aperture.
“The opening of the Shanghai Astronomy Museum is a milestone for the efforts made to promote science. Shanghai now owns museums on nature, modern technology, and astronomy.” said Wang Lianhua, in charge of the SSTM.
Finally, China has made fruitful explorations in deep space in the 21st century,” said Ye Shuhua, an astronomer and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Ye has made efforts over the decades to help establish the Shanghai Astronomy Museum.