The world’s largest astronomical museum opens its doors

“At noon, the light figure is most complete in a single day,” says Wong. “When the sun is highest in the sky during the summer solstice, a complete and pure circle of light lines up with a circle inscribed on the sidewalk of the plaza.”

Science and the stars were the inspiration for the design, which focuses on the most crucial of all orbital motions, explains Wong: “The daily rotation of our Earth and its journey around our star. “

A look at one of the many exhibits inside the museum.

Another highlight of the museum is the Sphere, which looks like a huge planet that has fallen into the heart of the museum. It almost touches the ground (but not quite). This silvery metallic sphere, punctuated with circles, houses a planetarium theater that follows the Sun, the Moon and the stars. Its overwhelming size is tied to Carl Sagan de Wong’s favorite quote: “Our planet is a lonely point in the great enveloping cosmic darkness. “

The last and final feature along the museum’s visitors path is the inverted dome, which sits on top of the museum’s roof. The roof allows for unobstructed views of the sky, with glass panels that look down into the museum, providing a break between macro and micro.

With plenty of space, the museum allows for incredibly realistic exhibition experiences.

Above all, Wong wanted to take us elsewhere, beyond the hereafter. “We wanted to highlight real astronomical phenomena that have happened here on Earth, things that have become more distant from our consciousness, especially in modern city life,” he says.

They also wanted to avoid predictable, clean lines. “We wanted the architecture to reflect the essence of the universe,” says Wong. “There are no straight lines or right angles in space.”

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