Sunday, December 12, 2004

Birla Planetarium

Location:Situated in Adarsh Nagar near Secretariat in Hyderabad.

How to reach : Local transportation is available.

Auto Charges from:
Secunderabad Rly. Stn.: Rs 20.00
Nampally Rly. Stn.: Rs 10.00
Kachiguda Rly.Stn.: Rs 20.00
Air Port: Rs 20.00

Best time to visit: During solar eclipse, lunar eclipse and other celestial events.

Birla Planetarium is a beautiful dome-shaped monument.Opened for public view on 8th September 1985 by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri N.T. Rama Rao.Visitors are awed by watching the show which looks almost real,with open dark sky and shining stars looking down upon them combined with the sound effects.The planetarium presents daily sky shows (both in Telugu and English) unfolding various aspects of the Cosmos,Universe and the very recent clash of the Titans.

Apart from the planetarium you can visit:

Enter the Interactive Science Hall and you can explore the wonders and magic of Science through hands-on participatory exhibits which cover a wide range of topics from perception, mechanics, optical illusions, mathematical puzzles, optics, vibrations and sound, computers and robots to environment and many more. These exhibits are great fun for students and lay persons alike and are very educative too.

Science Museum:
Another attraction is the Science Museum. Having started entertaining visitors since 1990, the museum boasts of a fascinating piece of architecture with very unique and beautiful interior decor. Designed by reputed architects from Calcutta and Bombay with ideas and concepts incorporated from Japan, Hongkong and Singapore, the museum covers an area of nearly 10,000 sq. meters."Discover the magic of Science" - this motto of the museum is ideally revealed in its highlights of science, technology and industry.

Mind Games:
In the section on perception, illusions and optics, you could see how vulnerable the human mind is in perceiving phenomenon through exhibits like a spinning multi-colored disc which is really black and white, or, you could watch shadows appear after the light is turned off !!

Know about computers :
Another interesting section is on computers which enables you to play games. A unique feature for the first time in India is the introduction of the Interactive Computer. This section provides detailed information about computers, their evolution, all aided by colorful graphics. It also explains the gradual sophistication of the computer from a large piece in the seventies to the latest version, a tiny chip, which is viewed through a powerful microscope.

The Birla Temple in white marble, located nearby is a wonderful place to unwind after a tiring day

Timings :
B.M. Birla Planetarium, Adarshnagar, Hyderabad
'Mars-The Final Frontier' Daily -
English 11.30 am, 4pm & 6 pm
Telugu 12.15 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 6.45 pm,8.15 pm
Hindi 7.30 pm

Exhibitions on - 'Space and Remote Sensing'Dinosaurs - See the
fossils of 160 million years old dinosaurs.

B.M. Birla Science Museum
Open all days from 10.30 am to 8.00 pm
Closed on last Thursday & Friday of every month
For details call 23235081 / 23241067

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