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Photos: Middle East's largest planetarium opens in Tehran


Report by Iran Daily; photos by Hadi Hirbodvash, Mehr News Agency

The largest planetarium in the Middle East, Dome of Mina, was inaugurated on Monday October 6th at a ceremony attended by Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and a number of officials from Iran's Space Agency (ISA).

The planetarium, which is located at Abbasabad neighborhood of Tehran, is designed as a sphere showing all stars, planets and other celestial bodies for entertainment and educational purposes, IRNA reported.

Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf

Addressing the ceremony, Managing Director of Abbasabad Lands Renovation Company Ardeshir Nourian said the Dome of Mina project was essential for promoting astronomy among the elites and hailed the close cooperation between the ISA and the municipality in this respect.

The planetarium, which is one of a kind and the largest in the Middle East, offers visitors a view of the sky projected on the ceiling. There is a projector at the center of the planetarium and separate projectors for the Sun, the Moon and other planets and stars.

The projectors are operated by motors whose speed can be increased or decreased.


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