After visiting the beautiful greens in the Semmozhi Poonga botanical garden I was feeling quite refreshed and enthusiastic to explore more of the tourist hotspots in the city. The next
destination I visited with Sanvi was the Birla planetarium in Chennai. It is also referred as a mini – space in the city. My daughter was quite amazed to see the various exhibits displayed at the
planetarium. The exhibits kept on display are very interactive and knowledgeable hence promoting awareness among the masses and especially children on the miracles and wonders of the
In the modern era the Birla planetarium is regarded as an indoor universe. The aluminium inner dome is meant for displaying images of some of the
most astounding astronomical phenomenon. The images displayed via projectors on the dome seem like recreating such miraculous and amazing planetary events. The multimedia projection arrangements
in the planetarium give a real like simulation to visitors. The sky theatre of the Birla planetarium is its main attraction that draws the interests of children the most.
The planetarium is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Chennai. It was established in the year 1988 when on 11th of May the then president of India inaugurated this site. So far there
are as many as 35 planetarium programs introduced by the Birla planetarium. Some of these interesting and exciting programs are life cycle of stars, solar system, sky and seasons, man on the
moon, our worlds and beyond, comets, are we alone in the universe and many more such captivating topics.
The planetarium remains open for visitors on all week days. You can even visit the planetarium on Saturdays, Sundays as well as on public holidays. However the place remains closed only on
Independence Day, republic day and Gandhi jayanthi i.e. on national holidays. The timings for visiting the Halls of science and technology in the Birla planetarium are from 10 am to 5:45
pm. Programs are organized in both Tamil and English for the convenience of visitors. English shows are organized at 10:45 am, 1:15 pm and 3:35 pm every day. The timings for Tamil programs are
12:00 pm and 2:30 pm.