The facility is expected to open to the public in June 2024, which will help provide observation data for space activities.
The planetarium is being built at an altitude of about 3,650 meters above sea level, surrounded by a good environment. On the roof of the planetarium will be a refracting telescope with the world’s largest diameter (1.06 meters). The telescope is expected to surpass the refracting telescope of the Yekes Observatory in the US, which has a diameter of 1.02 meters.
It’s a major breakthrough as there are still some technical difficulties to overcome, and the telescope is currently being developed, Wang said, noting that the observation data will also be used with data from other facilities to calculate the orbits of objects flying through space.
Covering a construction area of more than 11,500 square meters, the overall design is inspired by meteorites, which is full of a sense of science and technology, and demonstrates the style of modern architecture.
The telescope is expected to be widely used, in addition to scientific purposes such as astronomical observation, and from the perspective of science for the general public, it will be more attractive due to its large size, according to Wang.
More than 100,000 people will receive astronomy science education every year at the planetarium.
According to globaltimes