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Guwahati Planetarium

Guwahati Planetarium
Location M.G. Road, Dighali Pukhuri, Guwahati
Type Planetarium museum and library
Director Satyendra Kumar Choudhury
Curator Babul Bora
Public transit access State Transport

Guwahati Planetarium is one of its kind centre of astronomical research in Assam and the entire North-Eastern region of India. The Guwahati Planetarium is unrivalled in Assam and rest of northeast India with its distinctive dome and sloping walls that sets it apart in the skyline of the area. The Planetarium uses the Japanese Goto GX instrument. The hardware includes the GX starfield projector, sixty special-effects projectors, and the sky theatre's sound system. The show software is also supplied by Goto.

Besides daily shows, the Planetarium also regularly organises seminars, workshops and conferences for the astronomy fraternity, and exhibitions, quizzes and outdoor viewing facilities during eclipses for students and the local community.

Facilities at the Planetarium include a library.

The Guwahati Planetarium, is a sincere attempt to reach the young and scientifically inclined minds and provide them a glimpse of the available treasure trove assembled over centuries by the human explorers. Apart from the regular Sky watching sessions conducted by the experts at the planetarium, special shows projected on a dome shaped overhead screen are the star attraction of the Planetarium. These shows are available in Assamese, Hindi and in English and the timings are as convenient with enough entertainment at the planetarium museum and Science section to keep enthusiasts busy.

The Planetarium[1] is getting a unique hybrid planetarium projection system, the first one of its kind in the entire northeast region. It is the second planetarium in India to get such a system, the first one being New Delhi Planetarium.

Apart from the projection system, an astronomical gallery, mobile 'taramandal' and an astro-van are soon going to be launched by the National Council of Science Museum (NCSM) at the planetarium. The state science and technology department has already sanctioned funds of around 38 Lakhs for the upcoming projects.

References

  1. ^ Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2011-06-04). "Guwahati Planetarium to get hybrid projection system - Times Of India". Times of Assam. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 

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