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The Nehru Planetarium, Where Stars Shine All Days

The Planetarium is closed on all Mondays.

“DUE TO A TECHNICAL ISSUE, THE PLANETARIUM ONLINE BOOKING IS NOT WORKING, WORK IS IN PROGRESS. BUT OFFLINE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOOKING COUNTER. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE”

Planetarium shows:

Our current show is Biography of the Universe

Show TimingsLanguageShow
12:00 NoonHindi

कहानी ब्रह्मांड की 

1:30 PMMarathi

गोष्ट ब्रह्मांडाची

3:00 PMEnglishBiography of the Universe
4:30 PMHindi

कहानी ब्रह्मांड की 

General Information

Booking Hours: 11 am – 5 pm (except 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm)

Admission Fee Ticket: ₹ 150/- (Age above 5 years) WEEKLY HOLIDAY – MONDAY

Nearest Railway Stations: Byculla, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai Central, Dadar.

Only 131 (out of 500) seats can be booked online; the rest 350 seats can be purchased at the ticket window.  Same-day online booking is not permitted.

For any enquiry /assistance, please contact: 
Mob – (+91) 989289 0510,
022 – 40245413,  022 40245400  
Please Note: Refund tickets process will take 10 days time.

Kindly Note:- Nehru Planetarium remains closed in the year 2024

Sr. No.HolidaysDate
1HoliMonday, March 25, 2024
2Gopal KalaTuesday. August 27, 2024
3Ganesh ChaturthiSaturday, September 07, 2024
4Anant ChaturdashiTuesday, September 17, 2024
5DussehraSaturday, October 12, 2024
6Diwali (Laxmi Puja)Friday, November 01, 2024
7Diwali  BalipratipadaSaturday, November 02, 2024
8Diwali BhaubeejSunday, November 03, 2024

Since its inception, the planetarium has kept in pace with the latest technological advances in the production of planetarium shows.

The Planetarium of Nehru Centre was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi on 3rd March 1977 with the objective of fostering scientific temper through the means of edutainment (that’s right! education + entertainment). Since its very first sky show, the planetarium has been making learning Astronomy a pleasant experience.

The Planetarium Projectors have been an instrumental part of the shows – both literally and figuratively. The first was the “Universal Planetarium Projector” made by VEB Carl Zeiss Jena of the German Democratic Republic. It was an Opto-mechanical projector that delivered 28 shows in its 26 years of service and created a celestial experience for 96 Lakh viewers.

The First Show

Our Inaugurating program was “Tryst with Destiny” which recreated the sky over Mumbai and Delhi on the eve of Independence on the night of August 14, 1947. The Program outlined the principal constellations and stars as seen in the sky on that historic day and ended with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech at the Red Fort, Delhi. The Next morning ushering in Independence.

The Second Show

Commenced on 1st October 1977 titled “Mahatma: The Eternal Light”.

This show recreated the stellar configuration on October 2, 1869, the day Mahatma Gandhi was born, combining it with a study of the stars, constellations, and galaxies as seen during some of the historic occasions in Gandhiji’s Life.

As the technology moved ahead the Planetarium updated itself with the new “Digistar 3 – Digital Planetarium Projector” planetarium equipment replacing the Carl Zeiss Universal Projector, purchased from Evans & Sutherland, of USA. With a 3D graphic system, 5.1 surround sound system, and high-resolution video projectors covering the entire dome, the cosmic experience is more enhanced & enthralling.

 

In April 2018 the software was updated to  Digistar 6.  It is the latest upgrade of the Digistar system.  It has auto alignment, auto blending, and frame-accurate synchronization technology ensuring seamless full dome imagery.

On April 30, 2022, after the pandemic, the planetarium reopened with a new one of top-of-the-line projector and state-of-the-art software – Digistar7.

Special Planetarium Programs

The planetarium has made two Special Planetarium Programmes entitled “SKIES OF 250 YEARS” and “Exploring the Universe” to mark the 250th anniversary of Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. The Nehru Planetarium in collaboration with United State Information Services [USIS] also screened the thirteen parts of the TV serial “COSMOS” by Carl Sagan, in 1985.

The Planetarium also made a special show for the hearing impaired in sign language in the year 2014.

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