International Museum of Astronomy

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IMOA1086

IMOA - 1086
Dalhousie University / ca Canada
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Hayley Johnson

The discipline of astronomy can be broken down into the study of light, time and space. These phenomena have defined people's ever-changing perception of the universe and instilled a scientific fascination among earth dwellers. In astronomy, light and time are used as a unit of measure, in other words, they are used to define space. The International Museum of Astronomy is designed to embody these three experiences.

Light
One of the most important aspects of the museum is to preserve the clarity of the night sky. During the day the museum opens itself up to the diffuse light from the south and in the night seals the interior, artificial, red light from the outside.

Time
Light signifies time. The sculpture garden allows visitors to observe astronomical phenomena during daylight hours using instruments such as ring dials and solarscopes.

Space
The visitors' movement throughout the museum is the driving factor behind the building's formal layout. Throughout their exploration of the museum, the visitor will spiral around the spheres housing the projection halls. This movement demonstrates parallax, a displacement used to calculate the distance of celestial bodies from Earth.

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