BM Birla Planetarium is one of the first planetariums established in India. Inaugurated by NT Rama Rao, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in 1985, it marked the setting up of the BM Birla Science Centre as well, of which the planetarium is now an essential part.
The planetarium is ranked highly amongst global legacy planetariums. We have educated masses about astrophysical phenomena for decades now and continue to serve knowledge to 100,000 people each year.
The planetarium houses an optoelectronic projecting device in an almost pitch dark dome, which gives an unusual feeling of closeness with the cosmos. Since it uses various other equipment of the previous generation, the experience of finding newly discovered phenomena is distinctly nostalgic.
The planetarium is on schedule for a completely digital upgrade very soon.
The universe is, perhaps, one of the longest standing mysteries for human civilisations. Since the first footprints of humankind were made, we have been pondering the nature of space and time and have only recently been able to understand it – partly. For ages now, we have been asking questions about the universe. While we have reached some conclusions, the bigger picture remains unknown.
The BM Birla planetarium is a facility for inculcating Scientific temper amongst amateurs, laymen and students at large. We are diligent and meticulous in delivering the most recent facts and disseminating knowledge about the mysteries and discoveries in our vast universe. Apart from this, we organise special interactive sessions, especially for students.
The planetarium conducts a popular course on astronomy and astrophysics, both of which are usually organised once every trimester along with routine short exhibitions.
The BM Birla Planetarium has been producing sky shows on different themes for the past three decades, accentuating relevant astronomical facts, events and achievements. The inaugural sky show was The Astounding Universe produced in-house in 1985. Since then, about 34 shows have been produced, all of them highly praised by a thoroughly heterogeneous audience.
The current show is WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE.
We start at the Big Bang some 13 billion years ago when all the matter in the universe was concentrated in a point and was then thrown out in a huge explosion that parallels countless numbers of Hydrogen bombs going off at once. Then we see how this matter collects into beautiful galaxies and so on through the Wonders of the Universe.
Sky shows at the planetarium are about 35-40 minutes and run back-to-back during working hours all days of the week. The timings are as follows:
|English||11:30 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM|
|Telugu||12:15 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM|
It should be noted that kids below four year of age are strictly not permitted in the Sky Theatre.
The planetarium remains closed on the last Thursday of every month for maintenance. It reopens from 3:00 PM on the last Friday of every month.