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Birla Planetarium

The Birla Planetarium is in the vicinity of Victoria Memorial and right next to St. Paul's Cathedral in Kolkata, India. It is a single-storeyed building with a dome. It is the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest planetarium in the world. It was inaugurated on 2 July 1963 by Jawaharlal Nehru. When it celebrated 50 years of its existence, a bust of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (coincidentally it was 50 years since his first spaceflight) was unveiled. 


Daily programs are conducted in English, Bengali and Hindi from 12:00 to 19:00 hrs. Each show lasts about 30 minutes and costs 40 INR. In my opinion, the content could be expanded much more. The half an hour presentation is suitable for young viewers as an introduction to astronomy and good only to whet the appetite for more. 

 

There is also an interesting gallery inside the planetaium, consisting of photographs of renowned astronomers, various formations in the universe (nebulae, constellations, eclipses, etc), paintings of the Gods the various planets are named after such as Shukra, Brihaspati and so on. In addition, there is an electronics laboratory and a classroom. Daily programs are conducted in English, Bengali and Hindi from 12:00 to 19:00 hrs. Each show lasts about 30 minutes and costs 40 INR. In my opinion, the content could be expanded much more. The half an hour presentation is suitable for young viewers as an introduction to astronomy and good only to whet the appetite for more. 

Birla Planetarium

The Birla Planetarium is in the vicinity of Victoria Memorial and right next to St. Paul's Cathedral in Kolkata, India. It is a single-storeyed building with a dome. It is the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest planetarium in the world. It was inaugurated on 2 July 1963 by Jawaharlal Nehru. When it celebrated 50 years of its existence, a bust of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (coincidentally it was 50 years since his first spaceflight) was unveiled. 


Daily programs are conducted in English, Bengali and Hindi from 12:00 to 19:00 hrs. Each show lasts about 30 minutes and costs 40 INR. In my opinion, the content could be expanded much more. The half an hour presentation is suitable for young viewers as an introduction to astronomy and good only to whet the appetite for more. 

 

There is also an interesting gallery inside the planetaium, consisting of photographs of renowned astronomers, various formations in the universe (nebulae, constellations, eclipses, etc), paintings of the Gods the various planets are named after such as Shukra, Brihaspati and so on. In addition, there is an electronics laboratory and a classroom. Daily programs are conducted in English, Bengali and Hindi from 12:00 to 19:00 hrs. Each show lasts about 30 minutes and costs 40 INR. In my opinion, the content could be expanded much more. The half an hour presentation is suitable for young viewers as an introduction to astronomy and good only to whet the appetite for more. 

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Aug 2014, 00:09
Excellent stuff, Ayush.

Some of the information is so good it can stand repeating... smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Aug 2014, 07:41
A good place for learning about the heavens Ayush
A great place which seems to be quite popular Ayush!
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 28 Aug 2014, 08:49
Good photograph and I too found your background information interesting ;o)
It's years since I went to a planetarium, the one in London, I think I would enjoy a visit even though I am no longer a child.
Planetaria are great places...
It is a very fine Building. Perhaps it is designed to get the young interested
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Aug 2014, 10:02
Oh, Queen Victoria is present overall - an impressive, important building, indeed! We have in our city also a fine planetarium. Those shows are fascinating and very educative!
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 29 Aug 2014, 10:03
I am a fan of planetariums Ayush, lucky you.
The "second largest in the world" is really saying something, Ayush. And 1963 was the year I graduated from high school and started college, where I took Astrology 101. I would love to visit such a planetariaum.
Wonderful building, Ayush. I'd love to listen to one of the talks. I have a telescope and love to look at the stars.
Can't wait to see what's inside the building!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2014, 15:00
So interesting!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Aug 2014, 17:17
This looks like a great place to visit, very impressive.
i'm very impressed with the entrance Ayush... i'm sure that there was a lot to see inside...
and that you will be showing us a lot of pictures of the displays....petersmile

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