Sci­en­tific Won­ders

Ocean Drive - - Scene Grand Opening -

The 30-foot di­nosaur Yu­tyran­nus huali, part of the “Feath­ers to the Stars” ex­hibit, has a to­tal of 250,000 feath­ers.

The build­ing that houses the Gulf Stream Aquar­ium is cov­ered in 400,000 ran­domly placed con­cave, con­vex, and flat ce­ramic tiles, while filling the 500,000-gal­lon tank took 24 hours, 48 min­utes, and 59 sec­onds to com­plete.

A so­lar ter­race from Florida Power & Light—a farm of 218 pho­to­voltaic so­lar pan­els—will pro­vide about 66 kilo­watts of en­ergy, enough to power ap­prox­i­mately 2 per­cent of the build­ings at full ca­pac­ity, while so­lar trees will add an­other 6 kilo­watts.

The Frost Plan­e­tar­ium has 250 sta­dium-style seats and a dome that’s tilted for­ward at 23.5 de­grees, giv­ing vis­i­tors a nearly 360-de­gree view. The 16-mil­lion­color 8K vis­ual sys­tem, fea­tur­ing six 3-D pro­jec­tors, is one of only 13 in the world.

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