Varahamihira Taramandal / Planetarium Ranchi :
The long cherished dream of the capital for a state-of-the-art star-gazing facility finally came true on Friday with chief minister Raghubar Das inaugurating the planetarium named after ancient Indian astronomer Varahamihira on the premises of the Science City at Chiraundi, around 5km from the city Ranchi.
Built at the cost of Rs 26 crore, the planetarium is spread at an area 2 acres has seating capacity of 145 people watching the celestial, starry and astronomical motions. It has been built by Jharkhand Council of Science Technology & Innovations, which is part of Department of Science and Technology.
Executive director of Jharkhand council on Science technology & innovation, G.P.S Gupta said, “We have decided to name the planetarium after Varahmihira one of the navratna of Chandragupta Vikramaditya. He is credited of giving theory of calculus, and other mathematical and astronomical theories.” Gupta said the basic concept of the planetarium is education along with entrainment so that it can cater to both students and elders. The planetarium has a central dome theatre having 15metre diameter projection dome and equipped with Zeiss ZKP4 star projector and five annular Sony projectors capable of projecting planetarium show in hybrid mode.
Other FacilitiesThe planetarium will prove to be a milestone in the field of astronomy
Varahamihira Taramandal Time Table:
Opening Time :- 11.30 AM
English Show Starts :- 11.30 AM
Hindi Show Starts :- 1.30 PM
Second Hindi Show :- 3.00 PM
Last Hindi Show :- 4.00 PM
Chief Minister said that the planetarium will prove to be a milestone in the field of astronomical learning. He said that the Varahamihira planetarium will infuse a new energy among students and researchers of Jharkhand. This will motivate them to move forward in the field of astronomical learning.
The planetarium is opto-mechanical and digital projection system for projecting the starry and astronomical motions.” The planetarium is also equipped with service area, the associated space for the technical instrumentation, offices, cafeteria and lecture halls. The planetarium also has an astronomy club, which the centre will run activity based program. The facility is created to facilitate class room lectures on astronomy, sky watch and other round the year astronomy related activities. In the astronomy club, school students from state capital can register their names as club members to participate in the club activities.
The planetarium named after astronomer Varahamihira
Raghuvar Das said that the Varahamihira planetarium is Jharkhand’s first state-of-the-art planetarium. This planetarium is named Varahamihira with great contemplation. Varahamihira was a great philosopher, astronomer and mathematician. Varahamihira was born in Ujjain in the sixth century of the Gupta period.
The planetarium also has a astronomy gallery which expounds this ubiquitous nature of astronomy in life and cultures through artifacts, interactive and graphic narratives.