Birla Planetarium Kolkata
Birla Planetarium in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, is one of the famous visiting places in Kolkata. Its iconic structure created on the basis of the famous Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi. The planetarium which is also known as TARAMANDAL was established on 2 July 1963 by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Some Interesting Facts of Birla Planetarium Kolkata
Taramandal is the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest planetarium in the world. This is one of the three planetaria in India. The other two planetariums are The Birla Planetarium in Chennai and the Birla Planetarium in Hyderabad.
People must know that it has an electronics laboratory for the design and fabrication of science equipment. It has a gallery of astronomy that maintains a huge collection of very well paintings and celestial models of renowned astronomers. It also has an astronomical observatory equipped with a Celestron C-14 Telescope with accessories such as ST6 CCD camera and solar filter. More than 100 astronomical projects dealing with various facts of astronomy, astrophysics, Space Science as well as myths concerning stars and planets are offered by the Planetarium authority. Kolkata Taramandal has a capacity of 6800.
Daily shows are conducted by the authority in Hindi, English, and Bengali.
Extra Show Timing: 11:30 AM (Bengali) On Sundays and Holidays.
Booking: Half an Hour before Show Time
No Admission after the presentation starts.
Special concession for student group (of 25 or more) on prior arrangement.
ENQUIRY: 033 2223 1516/ 033 2223 6610
Hybrid Projector: Star Master ZMP Opto Mechanical coupled with 9 Ultra High-Resolution VELVET Digital projectors
Demonstration: 23-meter diameter Astro Tec (USA), made from high precision perforated Aluminum sheets
Seats: 570 push back progressively reclining seats in a concentric arrangement
Location: It is situated at the famous Chowringhee Road right in the immediacy of Victoria Memorial and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
I went there a few years back. It was like heaven comes at our edge. We can see the whole sky in front of me. It is a really good place for children who can gain knowledge of the planet.