The Shanghai Astronomy Museum, the largest planetarium in the world, has finally opened its doors to the public on July 18 in Shanghai, China. It is located in Pudong New Area. On an opening day, a long queue lined up around the complex already in the morning.
The construction of the world's largest planetarium began in November 2016. The total area of the main building is 38 thousand square meters, and the entire complex measures 58.6 thousand square meters.
The planetarium is a complex of the main building and several other buildings, which include two public observatories and a youth research center. Nearly 70 fragments of various meteorites, including artifacts from Mars, the Moon, and the Vesta asteroid, are presented at the exhibition.
The collection also features original works by Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus, and other scientists. The educational programs of the planetarium will be organized using advanced technologies such as augmented reality, data visualization, artificial intelligence, and biometrics. Such technologies will help visitors find out about science and astronomy through interaction with them.
The exhibits also feature samples of lunar soil delivered by the Chinese lunar probe Chang'e 5.