The Planetarium is closed on all Mondays.
Our current show is COSMIC LIFE
|12:00 Noon||Hindi||लौकिक जीवन|
|1:30 PM||Marathi||वैश्विक जीवन|
|3:00 PM||English||COSMIC LIFE|
|4:30 PM||Hindi||लौकिक जीवन|
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 can be purchased at the ticket window. Same-day online booking is not permitted.
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.