Must-visit planetariums in the world

TRAVEL TRENDS, WORLD Created : Jun 23, 2022, 16:00 IST

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Must-visit planetariums in the world

If you are a curious traveller, and like to stay updated in the field of science, space, astronomy, and technology, then read on to know where you can quench your curiosity and satiate your thirst for travel too. So, here, we take you to some of the must-visit planetariums in the world for a memorable experience.

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Nagoya City Science Museum, Nagoya city, Japan

Situated in Nagoya city, Japan, it’s one of the largest planetariums in the world. It was opened in 1962, and entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2011. It is also one of the most high-quality planetariums in the world. Its dome diameter is 35 m, while it has around 350 seats. The planetarium depicts modern advancements in technology and futuristic technology.


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Hayden Planetarium, New York City

Considered to be one of the top attractions in New York, this planetarium was opened in 1935. The architects of this planetarium called it ‘a cosmic cathedral’. It is part of the American Museum of Natural history and is situated in Central Park in New York City. This planetarium is built as a sphere-like structure, and while its upper half is all about space shows, the lower half showcases the Birth of the Universe, the ‘Big Bang Theatre’.


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L’Hemisferic, Valencia, Spain

Located in the centre of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, it was established in 1998. The structure of this planetarium is like a giant eye. Famous Valencian Architect Santiago Calatrava designed this spectacular piece of architecture. The bottom of this building is covered with a glass water pool and has a vast area of around 13000 m. The middle piece of the building, i,e., The eyeball, is 110 m long.

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China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing

Consisting of a 3-D theatre, this planetarium is located in the Natural Science Museum in Beijing. Its 3-D theatre gives a feeling of free fall to its viewers. It’s the first planetarium in the world to use Omnimax lasers and protection systems. To experience and observe the stars and planets in real-time high definition, this planetarium is the best one to choose. In total, the planetarium has 442 seats, and its dome diameter is 30 m.

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Albert Einstein Planetarium, Washington DC

Established in 1976, the Albert Einstein Planetarium is located in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. It features in the list of top science museums and the best planetariums in the world. In 2014, the planetarium installed some impressive features and one of them was the new Ultra-high quality 8k full Dome digital system. With the best- in-art technology, it is one of the top attractions in the country.


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Galileo Galilei Planetarium, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This iconic planetarium is located in the urban park, Bosques de Palermo, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. This planetarium was designed by Enrique Jan who initially wanted it to look like a UFO. It consists of 360 seats and its dome diameter is 20 m. It is also known as Planetario and has many impressive features, such as the robot and 4D technology. The interiors are designed based on astronomy, mathematics, and geometry. It also has a museum inside it and hosts interactive audio-visual shows.

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Adler Planetarium, Illinois, Chicago

The Adler Planetarium was founded in 1930 and is one of the oldest planetariums in the world, as it was the first planetarium built in America. It consists of three advanced theatres, the Samuel C. Theatre, the Definiti Theatre, and The Grainger Sky Theatre. It hosts a number of science exhibitions and summer camps for children. This planetarium updates itself with the changes in science, so you would have something new to explore every time you visit this place.

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