Saturday, 9 March 2013

Nakshatrashala-Indira Gandhi Planetarium

Indira Gandhi Planetarium also has known as popularly in Lucknow as Taramandal or Nakshatra Shala is a nice place to visit for science students and common people who are interested to know the world of stars - Astrology. Its foundation was laid on 28th February 1988 and inaugurated on 8th May 2003 by that time chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh.

Indira Gandhi Planetarium
Nakshatrashala-Indira Gandhi Planetarium
Objective of Planetarium

The objective of establishment of Planetarium to provide different aspects of astronomy, popularising Astronomy, organizing exhibition, quiz competitions for students and common people and establishing amateur astronomer club. During celestial events such as Solar and Lunar Eclipse Planetarium offers special programs to see these celestial events live by using the telescope. It also provides Night Skywatching for common public. For attracting more visitors during the Lunar and Sun eclipses Indira Nakshatrashala Lucknow installed 4 new telescopes in May 2018.

Facilities and Features of Nakshatrashala

The building of the Indira Gandhi Planetarium is in the shape of Saturn with five rings around it so it looks very attractive for the visitors to know how the building is designed from outside and its inner view. Saturn shaped the spherical building of the planetarium is in 21-meter diameter. The platform of the planetarium is surrounded by beautifully with a water pool and fountains.

The fully air-conditioned building of Planetarium having good projection system with special effects and digital sound system. There are various Astrological models and models of Rockets which are launched by the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) on the first floor. There is a very interesting planetary weighing machine which is based on the specific planet gravitation force. This planetary weighing machine shows your weight on different planets due to the different gravitational force of the planet.

Planetarium means a hemispherical dome which white painted inner surface used as the screen for the projection of optical and digital scenes of stars, planets with the astronomical effects. There is an optical projector in the center to show stars, planets, sun, and moon with their actual motions which are observed from the earth.

How to Reach Nakshatrashala

Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh so reaching to Lucknow is not a tough job from any city of India. You can easily reach here by train, bus or by air. In Lucknow, it is situated at Nabi Ullah Road, Suraj Kund Park, Near Dali Ganj Bridge, Lucknow. To reach Indira Gandhi Planetarium you can take a private taxi, auto, and cab from the railway station, Bus stand or from the airport.

Visiting and Show Timing of Nakshatrashala

Indira Gandhi Planetarium opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. The show duration is 45 minutes. It closed on Monday. For groups shows at 11:00 am and at 12 Noon. For the general public, shows at 1:00 pm, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

Entry Tickets of Nakshatrashala

For a common person Rs. 25/-. For group 30 or more persons, it will be Rs. 10/-.There is no ticket charge for handicapped persons. 
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