Planetario Galileo Galilei

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Planetario Galileo Galilei

One of the city's most iconic buildings, the Planetario Galileo Galilei is a great orb positioned on a massive concrete tripod in the middle of Palermo's Parque Tres de Febrero. Built in the early 1960s, it looks like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind—especially at night, when the dome glows with eerie blue lighting. It reopened after major renovation in 2012 with a state-of-the-art projector, new sound system, and vibrating seats for the twice-daily sky shows, narrated in Spanish. Tickets go on sale at 9:30 Tuesday through Friday and 11:30 on weekends; note that they usually sell out fast. Three meteorites that landed in northern Argentina 4,000 years ago guard the entrance. The nearby pond with swans, geese, and ducks is always a hit with kids.

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