Birla Planetarium (BP) is a part of the Birla Science Center, but, only the Planetarium is reviewed here.
I think the BP set up is good, but the content has been not well thought out at all. We went with expectation of an astronomy focused visit, but were let down by the content. Very little relevance to science of astronomy.
BP needs to buck up to remain with the times.
Planetarium has three parts to it - Dome, 3D theater, and observatory.
We did not visit the observatory as it was overcast and raining.
*The dome* is designed for 70 or so people and it fills up fast. Take your tickets and make it to the show time as printed on your ticket. Shows run hourly from 10 AM till 5 PM. There might be shows in Telugu. Check with the ticket counter. *The show itself* was boring. The focus of the show evolution of astronomy from a historical perspective. This did not need a 40 minute treatment and turned out to be a drag. There are many advancements in astronomy and it would have been useful to show that. More than talking about symbolism of different cultures/civilizations (and how they converge) over time, it should be kept basic for children's sakes - basic solar system model visualized, how far we have gone with our travels in it, what planetary bodies can be observed with eyes, what methods exist to look farther, something about Hubble telescope, radio telescopes... these would pique the curiosity to explore further.
*3D Theater* is a decent set up as well. However, the content was a let down. Our ticket said '3D Universe' for the name of the show. However, what was shown up was a 3D Animation movie about story of a T-Rex. It's all good for someone who has never seen a 3D movie, but today every mall and amusement center has 3D. You can see 3D on the cellphone for a small cost of the glasses. What's the big deal with a Jurassic Park kind of show at a Planetarium?
BP needs to really think what people expect when they visit a planetarium. If they want people, esp. children to come back with more interest, BP need to think how they need to rejig the content.
Else, the planetarium is just a tick in the box for someone who has not seen one in HYD.
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