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M.P. Birla Planetarium

M.P. Birla Planetar
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» Entry - By ticket
» Construction cost - 2.00 million
» Capacity - 500 person

M.P. Birla Planetarium is adjacent to the Maidan, close to the crossing of Chowringhee and Theatre Road (the present Shakespeare Sarani).

About Birla Planetarium
The second largest of its kind in the world, this planetarium was opened for the spectators on 29th September 1962. Birla planetarium is a spectacular asset of modern Kolkata. It was constructed at a cost of a whopping two million rupees. The Planetarium has a capacity of 500 spectators.The planetarium is a single storeyed, circular structure constructed in pure Indian architectural style. The central dome has a diameter of 27m. shaped in imitation of the Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi. Interesting exhibits are the fine collections of paintings, celestial models and busts of famous astronomers that line the corridors. The gigantic planetarium projector accessories comprise of 29000 parts and combine to portray on the inner ceiling of the planetarium, the naked face of space, Stars, planets and heavenly bodies. The solar system is introduced to the spectators in English, Bengali and Hindi. Extra shows are arranged on holidays.

Timing of Shows

» Daily - seven shows are held
» Hindi - 12.30 P.M., 2.30 P.M. 4.30 P.M.
» English - 1.30 P.M. 6.30 P.M.
» Bengali - 3.30 P.M. & 5.30 P.M.
» Sundays & holidays - Two additional shows at 10.30 a.m. (Hindi) and 11.30 a.m. (Bengali).
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