Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

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Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium


The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is one of the prime attractions in Bangalore that was founded in the year 1989 by the Bangalore City Corporation, before being entrusted to the autonomous body the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE) in the year 1992. The planetarium was founded with an aim to spread the wonders of science amongst the public and eager students.

Apart from a planetarium there is a Science Centre and a Science Park within the premises. The Science Park that has been developed around the planetarium displays various elements of science and offers an innate environment for learning and outdoor games. Some of the models that you may see here include DNA helix model, sound resonant swings, whispering dishes, sun dial for time, giant kaleidoscope, and a model of a polar satellite launching vehicle of PSLV.

The planetarium has a dome with a diameter of 15.0 meters and has seating capacity of 210. Also present here is the 'Space master' Planetarium projector projects the night sky as seen with the naked eye, besides projecting pictures of constellations. The projector serves the twin purpose of teaching astronomy as well as performing shows.

The main feature of the planetarium is the sky-theatre show that attracts over 2.0 lakhs visitors every year, with the show offering a splendid blend of science, literature, art as well as culture of many countries. Used in these programs are beautiful visuals such as Cartoons, Paintings, computer animations, video clippings and special effects.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is between the months of October and February.


Interestingly, greatly popular among visitors is a special 5-minute capsule called the "Science Watch" that is shown prior to the beginning of every show and showcases the recent developments in the fields of science and technology.


The shows are held daily at 3:00 pm in Kannada, and 4:30 pm in English. The planetarium is closed on Monday and second Tuesday of every month.

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