Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is located on Sir. T Chowdaiah Road, Bangalore. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was founded by the Bangalore City Corporation in 1989. Since 1992, it is managed by the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE). BASE is devoted to dissemination of science among the public and the student community.
On the premises there are the Science Centre and a Science Park.The Planetarium has a 15.0 meters diameter dome with a seating capacity of 210. "Space master" Planetarium projector supplied by M/s. Carl-Zeiss, Jena, Germany, projects the night sky as seen with naked eye on the dome.
It can also projects constellation pictures, Panoramas. It is used not only for the shows but also for teaching astronomy. Apart from this, slide projectors, video projectors, special effect projectors, etc., are also used for the shows. This six inch code refractor telescope is used to project the solar system and the activities related to it along with animated graphics in about one hour.The sky-theatre shows are very popular attracting about 200,000 visitors every year.
These shows blend science with art, literature and cultural aspects of many countries. Programs based on historical backgrounds, modern developments and future prospects are conducted. They use special visual effects, animation and videos for these programs.
They showcase giant posters of galaxies, Supernova remnants Nebulae, paintings and sculptures, astro-pictures, etc. They promote space education and astronomy. There is also a display on the great scientist Albert Einstein. There is a special Weighing Scale which displays the weight of a person on the different planets. A Science kiosk at the exhibition hall is donated by the IBM, India. There is a stall where books, science kits, models, telescopes, astro-photos etc are available.
Planetarium science parkScience Park, developed around the Planetarium, showcases the elements of science in the scientific ambience around the activities of the Planetarium and Science Centre. This provides a natural environment for learning and as outdoor games. One can find the models of D.N.A helix, Sound Resonant Swings, Whispering Dishes, Sun Dial to tell time, Giant Kaleidoscope, Model of a Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle (PSLV).
Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers (ABAA)
ABAA is an independent, nonprofit housed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore. Members of the association meet weekly on Sundays at 6:00 pm. They have discussions, night sky watching through telescopes and other activities. They can access the books and workshop.
Telescope building is one of the important activities of ABAA. Other fun and exciting activities are night sky observation, astro-photography, etc. At Shivanahalli about 35.00 kms from Bangalore, this organization has a 12" telescope where they have more activities.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Timings Daily at 3 p.m (in Kannada ), 4.30 p.m (in English), except on Mondays and second Tuesday.
Entry fee is Rs 35 for person above 16 and Rs. 20 for below 16 years of age. No children below five are allowed.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
T Chowdaiah Road, High Ground,
Bangalore - 560001
Phone Number: +(91)-80-22203234, 22379725, 22266084
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Bangalore Show Timings: 12:15–4:30PM
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Bangalore Entry Fee: Adults - Rs.35,
School Students/Children Rs.20 (upto 16 years)