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The M P Birla Planetarium is a landmark in the city of Kolkata. It started functioning in 1962 and was dedicated to the nation by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in July 1963. When it was inaugurated, the M P Birla Planetarium was the first public Planetarium in Asia and second in the commonwealth after London.
After 52 years of successful operations during which more than 25 million people visited, it was decided to upgrade the entire projection system to make it at par with the world`s best facilities and hence an extensive renovation project was undertaken. It now has the latest Carl Zeiss Hybrid Projection System with the optomechanical projector capable of simulating the night sky accurately and nine state-of-the-art full-dome high-resolution digital projectors to create an immersive impression of the Cosmos. The planetarium also houses an attractive Exhibition Gallery, an Informative Circular Corridor, a Souvenir Shop named AstroCorner, and other facilities.
Apart from public astronomical shows, the M P Birla Planetarium also conducts various courses on Astronomy and Planetarium Sciences in its Seminar Hall and Classrooms. Due to research activities in different branches of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Sciences, Cosmology and Celestial events carried out at the Planetarium by the faculty members and also because of its tremendous efforts in popularization of Astronomy among students, the M P Birla Institute of Fundamental Research under whose aegis the Planetarium functions has been recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research of the Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO).