Birla Planetarium

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Nestled on top of the panoramic hillock of Naubat Pahad right in the heart of Hyderabad, the Birla Planetarium is a testament and tribute to the advances man has made in understanding the heavens and the stars since the dawn of civilization. This dome-shaped architectural masterpiece was inaugurated on September 8, 1985, by Late Sri N.T. Rama Rao, being the first phase of B.M. Birla Science Center. Recognized both as an institution of higher learning and a research and development institute, the Science Center is one of the most prestigious institutions in India. It is instrumental in both the dissemination and popularization of science in the country, as well as formal and non-formal education and research.

The Birla Planetarium offers students the chance to study and learn about the cosmos via daily sky shows that are offered both in English and Tegulu. The mysteries of the Universe, the comets, eclipses, the recent clash of the Titans, and even Unidentified Flying Objects or UFOs are all presented in a totally immersing and breathtaking manner courtesy of the newest advancements of display technology. In ace of the shows, the dome and ceiling are transformed into the great expanse of the galaxy, with stars and other heavenly bodies looking down at the visitors. The feeling of excitement and wonder is even more compounded by convincing background music and sound effects, all delivered in wonderful, fully digital glory.

Aside from the Planetarium itself, there are other interesting places to check as well. The Science Museum was the second phase of the Center and was formally opened in 1990. It is Hyderabad’s only museum dedicated solely to science. The whole facility includes a Participatory Science Museum and an Archaeology and Fine Arts section. It essentially showcases the advancements of science India has made so far.

The Dinosaurium, on the other hand, was the third phase of the Center and its centerpiece is the rare and magnificent fossil of the 160 million-year-old Kotasaurus Yamanpalliensis, which was excavated in the Adilabad district of Telangana. It is considered to be one of the finest fossil specimens in the world. The Dinosaurium is the best place in India for a budding paleontologist or student to learn about the lives of these wonderful and awesome creatures of the past.

The Birla Planetarium holds shows every day except the last Thursday of each month. There are different time slots for the different languages. Food is not allowed is not allowed inside the planetarium but those who are hungry can check out the wide range of offerings in the rooftop restaurant of the building.

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