Largest astronomy museum to open in Shanghai

By XING YI | China Daily | Updated: 2021-07-06 09:53
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Visitors visit the Shanghai Astronomy Museum, believed to be the world's largest of its kind, on July 5, 2021. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/]

Besides interactive experiences, the museum will also exhibit many rare items, including a first edition copy of the first English translation of Isaac Newton's Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy-which laid the foundation of modern physics and astronomy. It was published in 1729.

In the meteorites section, a 21.4-kilogram specimen of the Changxing meteorite will be displayed under glass. It fell onto a farm in Changxing Island in the city in 1964 and the piece held by the museum is the largest one.

Xin said the museum will organize stargazing and sun observation activities as it has a 1-meter telescope that is the biggest among astronomy museums in China, and a 65-centimeter solar telescope.

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