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Beijing planetarium and the Old Observatory

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Beijing planetarium and the Old Observatory, the national museums of natural Sciences. Their goal is to popularize knowledge of astronomy among various segments of the population, so the building of the planetarium hosts regular exhibitions, lectures.

The building itself was built in 1957. The planetarium is a celestial theatre in West and East exhibition hall. In 2001 and 2004 have been constructed and equipped a new area of the planetarium, and by 2008 he was equipped with various techniques. The projection dome of the star theatre with 3D and 4D images.

The diameter of the dome is 23 meters and in the screening room and can accommodate up to 600 people. The basic premises of the planetarium is the planetarium, Observatory and an exhibition hall in which the new media station and planetarium Carl Seitz. The new building consists of exhibition hall, comic theater, 3D and 4D theater, exhibition galleries.

3D theater consists of 6 units Turbo Ride and can accommodate 48 people. All chairs can simulate flight into space, as well as the thrill of free falling. The 4D theater is equipped with 3D systems and special chairs, which produce different effects: photovoltaic, water splashes, blowing air. Also in the room with a big screen 180 degrees. Hall is able to accommodate almost 200 people.

The Observatory, which is located in the heart of Beijing is the oldest in the world. It was established in 1442 in the Ming dynasty. Today, the Observatory and planetarium, created on its basis - some of the most famous sites of the city. The Observatory occupies an area of 10000 square meters, and the platform is the original platform of stone, with a height of about 15 meters and a width of 40 × 40 meters. This stone tower is the remaining part of the fortress wall surrounding the city during the reign of the Ming dynasty.

In the courtyard of the Observatory still stand some astronomical instruments: armillary sphere, created during the reign of the Ming dynasty; the gnomon is a sundial.

Today the Observatory is a Museum, which operates under the supervision of the Beijing planetarium. The Observatory is available to visit since 1983.