Mangaluru, Dec 21, 2017 : 3D Planetarium at Dr Shivaram Karanth Biological Park in Pilikula opens its gates to public by February 2018, it will be India’s first such planetarium said State Minister for Planning, Statistics, Science and Technology M R Seetharam.
Addressing the media at DC Office today, Minister said, The planetarium, named after Swami Vivekananda to mark his 150th birth anniversary in 2013, will have all modern innovations coupled with 3D technology to present students and enthusiasts the best learning experience on Planet. The project started with an estimated budget of Rs 24.50 crore and later it was extended to Rs 35.60 crore.The optical megastar star projector creates a beautiful, almost real star field and makes planets, the sun and moon visible to the naked eye. The 8K resolution digistar system uses five Christie Mirage projectors seamlessly blended together using E&S auto alignment and auto blending systems that will keep the imagery looking expertly aligned. Pilikula Development Authority will look after this planetarium.
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 of unidirectional with a dome diameter of 18 meters. About 150 - 180 seats may be fixed based on the size and type of chairs. Mangaluru is the first city in the country to have this facility on par with cities such as Hong Kong, Macau. The Planetarium will have all modern innovations coupled with 3D technology to present students and enthusiasts the best learning experience on Planet.
MLA J R Lobo, DK DC Sasikanth Senthil, ADC Kumar, and others were presesnt.