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Shanghai Astronomy Museum

In 1994, Evans & Sutherland (E&S) and Spitz, Inc. ventured to China, bringing dome planetariums, cutting edge software, and large format screens to a new frontier. We have worked hand-in-hand with our partners in China, growing the number of premiere planetariums to over 70. From Shenzhen to Beijing and Henan to Shanghai, it has been an honor to bring the heavens to earth for over two decades.

Our rich history of innovation in China culminates in 2021 with the grand opening of the Shanghai Astronomy Museum which is a branch of the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum in Lingang New City, Pudong New Area district, Shanghai. E&S and Spitz contributed to multiple installations on this project.

‘This planetarium is the largest in the world at over 400,000 sq ft, designed by Ennead Architects; it is one of the most impressive and innovative dedicated planetarium and astronomy museums built to date.

LOCATION: Shanghai, China
DATE: 2021
PROJECT TYPE: Planetarium
DOME/SCREEN SIZE: 23m
DOME CONFIGURATION: 163° tilted 30°
RESOLUTION: 14K+
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Harmonious design

The Shanghai Astronomy Museum embodies three principal architectural forms: The Oculus, the Inverted Dome, and the Sphere, which houses a Spitz NanoSeam dome. Each of these design elements plays a role in the patron experience, harmonizing the journey through time, the infinitesimal presence of humanity in the vast cosmos, and power of the sun illuminating life on earth.

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Immersive Software Tools
Environment Engineering & Design

UNITING ART & SCIENCE

The Shanghai Astronomy Museum unites art and science, reflecting both in the universe. Sunlight illuminates the journey, guiding patrons through space and time. The vastness of the heavens is captured in the building’s scale and in the viewing opportunities of the cosmos. E&S and Spitz are honored to participate in a project of such grand scale and fine-tuned detail. The Shanghai Astronomy Museum is proof that the sky is not the limit.

Vivid abstract tunnel imagery displayed on a DomeX LED Dome from Cosm