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Spend an evening stargazing at Chennai’s Birla’s Planetarium and watch the cosmos in comfort. Discover the solar system and its wonders by going on a virtual tour of the sky at night and marvel at cosmic beauty beyond our line of sight. Located in Kotturpuram, in the Periyar Science and Technology Centre campus, this show is a treat for families and astronomy aficionados alike. The Periyar Center contains eight other galleries themed Physical Science, Transport, Electronics & Communication, Energy, Materials Science, Life Science, Innovation, International Dolls and Children as well as the planetarium. Rest assured that there’s a lot to explore and discover. There are just two other Birla Planetariums in India, one in Kolkata and one in Hyderabad.
Built in 1988 as a memorial for the great Indian industrialist and visionary B.M Birla, it is filled with state of the art equipment. A perforated hemispherical dome, made out of aluminum is transformed into a space screen and highly sophisticated projectors create images from out of this world. Special effects emulating space phenomena results in a marriage of science and visual magic. The comfortable, air conditioned theatre can seat about 236. The planetarium has a 360 degree sky theater, the very first in India. Portraits of Neil Armstrong, Sunita Williams and KalpanaChawla adorn the hall of fame wall.
Additionally, courses in astronomy are available here. Program themes are changed every few months and shows are conducted at different times of the day, in different languages. The show includes space phenomena such as meteor showers, the Milky Way, stellar cycles and comets. A Space Gallery is going to be installed soon. A stroll through the Science Park is worth a go as well. Children will love the place as there are tiny toy cars, controlled by electronic signals zooming around.
The energy and eco-park displays the way solar energy, wind energy and biogas work in creating and conserving energy. A forest lies in the eco-park with simulated flora and fauna. A Meteorological Observatory proved eye candy as well as brain food. There are numerous sights and experiences for both knowledge hunters and fun seekers. The interactive set up is a sure win with kids and the technology is advanced enough to strike up interest in anyone. Visiting the planetarium is a great way to spend a day. Just be sure to visit on a night with clear skies and prepare to be surprised!
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It's a wonderful place for science enthusiasts like me... Pros- ● Anyone can enjoy in this place, of any age, male or female. ● This place has got many interesting rides that makes it fun for the children. ● Has got a 360° view theatre that everyone will enjoy ● A science toy shop for the little geniuses with you ● Even got chairs for a tired one, or if anyone gotta take a nap. Cons- ● Many of the things here are damaged, like the rides, the displayed stuff, the chairs in the theatre.... Despite the damages, this place is very enjoyable.
The planetarium is in good shape. Kids will have a good time there. The science centre had some great information. Though some were not in working condition, those that were are really good. The nuclear centre has some latest equipments and is the best maintained part of the science centre. The 3D movie gives a good laugh for adults, but the kids will really enjoy it. It will take around 2.5 hrs for the entire science centre + planetarium. The park also will be a good place for kids to pass time. It has many tree that provide shade in the chennai heat.
Shows are 1½ hours apart. My 1:30 pm show started at 2:00 pm and ended at 2:30 pm. It included history of Indian space missions and more info about mars. No other planet or moon were not described. Projection was good but audio was mono. AC worked fine.
As a kid I loved it, 25 yrs back! but considering the technological advances in 3d and screens in theatres, it was sad... They only spoke abt mars..and no other planets. Apparently they do have one show at 4.30 that talks abt all planets but its only in Tamil.
Wonderful place to be visited here. Much helpful for reaching this place so easy.