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The building is distinctive—it kind of looks like a white space ship that just happened to land in Vanier Park. Which is only fitting, because this is the city’s planetarium, which has introduced many a budding astronomy buff to the magic of the stars. Vancouver’s space center and observatory was founded in 1968 and has since offered an exciting program of starry-eyed displays and exhibits, as well as films that explore the universe around us. Exhibits are hands-on and interactive, making this a great place for the kids. On Saturday nights, visitors can scan the skies around Vancouver with the Cassegrain telescope. The building is also home to the Museum of Vancouver.