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Planet Earth 23: Glasgow Science Centre


Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) is a main tourist attraction located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. It is a purpose-built science centre composed of three principal buildings which are the Science Mall, an IMAX cinema and the Glasgow Tower. The Science Mall is big a titanium-clad crescent shape structure that houses three floors of over 250 interactive science-learning exhibits, a Science Show Theatre and the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium. The planetarium contains a Zeiss optical-mechanical projector that projects images of the night sky onto a 15m diameter dome. The IMAX cinema was the first IMAX cinema to be built in Scotland. The single auditorium seats 370 in front of a rectangular screen measuring 62 feet by 82 feet and has the capability to show 3D films as well as standard 2D films in IMAX format.

At 127 meters tall, the Glasgow Tower is currently the tallest tower in Scotland and the second tallest free-standing structure after Inverkip Power Station. It holds a Guinness World Record for being the tallest tower in the world in which the whole structure is capable of rotating 360 degrees. The whole structure rests upon a 65 centimetre diameter thrust bearing, and is not connected to its foundations, merely resting in a 15 meter deep caison, this allows it to rotate under computer control to face into the wind. The tower has two elevators each with a 12 person capacity, but this is normally limited to 6 guests plus a single member of staff for reasons of comfort. There is also an emergency staircase, comprising 523 stairs from the Cabin level to the Podium

The IMAX was open for public in October 2000, and the other two building were open in 2001.





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