BM Birla Planetarium

BM Birla Planetarium

BM Birla
Planetarium

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B M Birla Planetarium

BM Birla Planetarium is one of the first planetariums established in India. Inaugurated by Shri 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.

When it was inaugurated, the planetarium, housed an Opto-mechanical projection system. In an almost pitch dark dome, it gave an unusual feeling of closeness with the cosmos. Since it used various other equipment to enhance the content and feelings, the experience of finding newly discovered phenomena was distinctly nostalgic.

The Opto-mechanical projection system was upgraded to a completely digital projection system in 2019 during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the GPBAASRI. This projection system allows to project full dome immersive and cinematic experience planetarium shows to the viewers. The stunning visuals keeps the viewers glued to their seat.

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, common public 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.

Interactive exhibits and info-graphics have been added in the foyer area of the Planetarium to keep the visitors engaged while they wait for their turn to enter the dome and enjoy the immersive full dome experience.

The planetarium conducts courses on astronomy which are usually organised once every trimester. Exhibitions, outreach activities and other astronomy related programmes are also organised during specific events.

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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.

Sky Show

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 BIOGRAPHY OF THE UNIVERSE.

This show portrays formation of galaxies, nebulas, clusters and evolution of the Universe in a very interesting full dome presentation.

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:

language timings
English 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Hindi 7:30 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.

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