Those who like to gaze stars in the dark night and wonder about their existence in the universe, and those who simply enjoy looking at the stars and try to identify different constellations, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Bangalore is surely a must visit place. Also those whom Science and stars attract and who like to spend some quality time on long boring weekends with their family, this is the place to be.
The planetarium is one of the main attractions in Bangalore for science/space enthusiasts and tourists as well. Not to mention the schools and college students and theirs teachers, little kids and their parents; all of them getting amazed by the events and shows at this cool place.
About the Place
The planetarium is situated close to the Cubbon Park and the Raj Bhawan of Karnataka. Right next to the it is the Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain. In the planetarium premises a small Science park is open for everyone. Several Science phenomenons and illustrations are showcased like a model of PSLV and replica of our Solar System. All the phenomenon are provided with the descriptions for understanding.
Shows are the main attractions here. At the time of my visit, I saw two different shows which were about our Solar System and the Universe itself. Timings and number of shows may vary according to the audience. Shows are presented in a big sky theater with English and the regional language: Kannada. The visuals in the shows are so great that one doesn’t feel the language barrier. I must say it felt like I am literally travelling through the outer space among the planets and stars. In particular I like the show titled: ‘Know your stars’.
Show tickets are priced at kept very low(Rs. 50) to allow wide audience to watch the show. For students ticket prices are kept lower around Rs. 30.
Kaapi With Kuriosity
Kaapi With Kuriosity is a free and open to all, special initiative which has been recently started by the planetarium with the support from different colleges and universities. Here open lectures by professors from highly reputed colleges and universities, are organized for all everyone.
The one I recently attended was titled “Fascinating World of Photons, Superposition & Entanglement” by Prof. Urbasi Sinha, Associate Professor, Light and Matter Physics group, Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru. After a long time this refreshed all my photon related memories from my engineering days. The majority of the audience belonged to young science students who wanted to pursue Physics as their field of career. A really cool live experiment(by polarizing the light beams and creating different interference patterns) was also performed during the lecture; I really loved it. There was a question/answer session after the lecture in the hall. Even after the lecture professor was occupied by several young curious minds and their queries. Attendees of the lecture were also encouraged try the experiment by themselves.
Several other events such as(Astronomy Workshop, Monthly Movie and Science Club Activity) are also organized with prior notice. To know more visit the following official link: http://www.taralaya.org. Interested schools and organization can approach for organizing special events.
So if you like stars, outer space, Science, want to get some extra knowledge or even if getting bored at home, visit and enjoy this place.