The Mangalore Planetarium will be set up in the same site where the Regional Science Centre is being constructed. The advantage is that both the Regional Science Center and Planetarium will be together and visitors can have information about Science and Technology and Astronomy in the same place.
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Swami Vivekananda 3D Planetarium at Dr Shivaram Karanth Biological Park in Pilikula will open its gates to the public by February this year. The planetarium is being built at the cost of Rs 35.60 crore will be named after Swami Vivekananda to mark his 150th birth anniversary happened in 2013. The planetarium will present modern inventions coupled with 3D technology, to students and science enthusiasts. The 3D Planetarium will be the first of its kind in India considering its technical specifications. The Planetarium in Bengaluru is concentric with central projection and circular seating. However, the new Pilikula Planetarium will be unidirectional with a dome diameter of 18 meters. About 150 – 180 seats may be fixed based on the size and type of chairs.
The additional merits are:
- Electrical and Water connections to the site could be now planned for both the centers and expenditure for infrastructure facilities will thus be less.
- There is no Planetarium in the coastal Karnataka area. The other Planetarium in the state is the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium at Bangalore.
- The density of educational institutions in Coastal Karnataka is very high and the number of visitors to the Planetarium could thus be very high.
- The Planetarium can cater to the surrounding districts of Coastal Karnataka and also to neighboring districts of Kerala.
- Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium at Bangalore can help in training the manpower required and also in production of thematic shows.
- The Planetarium at Mangalore is being planned for a capacity of 230 with a dome diameter of 15 meters. The state of art technology of the Hybrid system is planned for the Planetarium which is the latest in the country.
- The Planetarium will serve the purpose of educating people in this part of the country and will attract tourists to Pilikula Nisarga Dhama which is already recognized as a tourists centre of Dakshina Kannada district
This beautifully bright ultra high-resolution system extends the scope of the creative and scientific programmes presented. It offers the audience the first 3D full-dome experience in India. The state uses active stereo 3D glasses for exceptional 3-dimensional images that leap off the screen, creating a whole new level immersion, which is enhanced even further by the 5.1 theatre surround sound system making it the Planetarium in India. Which combines 5.1 sound with 3D vision. There will be shows revolving around topics like Geography and History throughout the day in 2D and 3D. Shows will be held in English, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam. A special programme of 20-25 minutes on Karnataka namely ‘Karnataka Darshana’ will also be also included.
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