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Cosmic cathedral' debuts in New York

Jan 1, 2003

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City opened its long-awaited Rose Center for Earth and Space, a $210 million project several years in the making. The Center includes an all-new Hayden Planetarium, reportedly the most sophisticated and high-tech system of its kind in the world, which includes a three-dimensional visual exploration of the universe.

The Rose Center is being billed as a "cosmic cathedral" by Museum officials. Visitors have been dazzled since its opening in February and have described the experience variously as boggling ("By the time I came staggering out of there my head was spinning with theories of red shift and quasars and colliding galaxies," said one attendee) and awe-inspiring: "The beauty and scale is just awesome," said another.

Contact The American Museum of Natural History at 212-769-5000 or visit its web site at www.amnh.org.