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World's Largest Astronomy Museum Opens In Shanghai

The world's largest astronomy museum has opened in Shanghai. Located in the Lingang area of the city, the new museum is a branch of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum which also operates the Shanghai Natural History Museum and the Shanghai Planetarium. The museum was designed by Thomas J. Wong of U.S. firm Ennead Architects who won an international competition to design the building in 2014. The Shanghai Astronomy Museum, which opened on July 18, has been designed to reflect the geometry of the cosmos. With no straight lines or right angles used throughout the structure is instead formed from three overlapping arcs that allude to the orbits of celestial bodies. The 420,000-square-foot museum will house exhibitions, a planetarium, an observatory and a 78-foot-tall solar telescope. The main building's overall form is defined by three main elements: The Oculus, the Sphere, and the Inverted Dome.
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