Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Birla Planetarium

The Planetarium is another magnificent building with a big dome resembling that of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur and some of the earliest government structures in New Delhi. A star attraction here are the spectacular sky shows every day with Telugu and English commentaries. The shows unveil the mysteries of the cosmos and the origins of the universe, the comets, eclipses, unidentified flying objects and the clash of titans. The sky show opens with the projection of the galaxy over the spectator's heads producing the illusion of sky and space. These projectors are the most modern and sophisticated of their kind in the country. The accompanying music adds to the experience of virtual reality. It is difficult to imagine how our ancestors could observe these phenomena thousands of years ago without the kind of equipment we have today.

The Planetarium has now added to itself a Dinosorium showcasing a variety of exhibits including a 160-million-old mounted Kotasaurus Yamanapalliensis excavated in Adilabad district and gifted to the Science Museum by the Geological Survey of India. You can also see here a collection of smaller fossils of dinosaur eggs, marine shells and fossilised tree trunks. While Birla temple symbolises the mystique of the spirit, the Science Centre symbolises the unknown realm of matter.

How to Reach :
7, 8, 9, 20, 113, 158, 225

Timings :
6:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tickets :
No ticket is necessary.

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