The MP Birla Planetarium in Kolkata came into existence on 29 th September, 1962 and officially opened to the public with an inaugural address by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru on 2 nd July,1963. It was first of its kind in whole of India and the mightiest in entire Asia. Ever since its beginning, it has proved to be an asset for the common people as well as the students in understanding the different sorts of phenomenon that take place in the ever so mysterious space.
The MP Birla Planetarium in West Bengal, Kolkata has so far put forward as many as 350 projects concerned with:
History of astronomy
Mythology concerning the stars
Many more celestial events.
Located in the hub of the city close to the Maidan and Victoria Memorial, the MP Birla Planetarium
Conducts programmes aimed at children of all ages.
An evening course that is absolutely free covering topics like the earth, the moon, spectroscopy, refraction, telescopes, Droppler effect, eclipses, the sun, stellar classification, galaxies, hubble diagram, peculiar extragalactic phenomenon, life forms in universe and many other versatile topics.
Courses offered at the MP Birla Planetarium in Kolkata are: Post-Graduate Diploma course in Astronomy and Planetarium Sciences and M.Phil course in Astronomy and Planetarium Sciences.
Armed with a telescope named Celestron C-14, Solar Filter, STD CCD Camera and other accessories.
The MP Birla Planetarium in Kolkata issues a journal called 'Journal of the MP Birla Planetarium'. This journal appears 4 times a year.
Show Timings :
Hindi – 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 pm(Daily)
English – 3:30 and 5:30 pm(Daily)
Bengali – 1:30 and 6:30 pm(Daily)
Two special shows on Sundays and Holidays at 10:30 am, in Hindi a 11:30 am, in Bengali.