The Birla Planetarium is the largest planetarium in India.

The Birla Planetarium reopened in July 2017 after a yearlong reconstruction. The 50-year-old Sanchi Stupa-styled building that houses the planetarium shall hit a century without another shutdown.

July 2017

Birla Planetarium in Kolkata reopened with ZEISS STARMASTER VELVET

Largest planetarium in India expects millions of visitors

Concluding a yearlong reconstraction process the Birla Planetarium in Kolkata, the largest planetarium in India, reopened on July 18, 2017. The centerpiece of the refurbished planetarium comprises a ZEISS Hybrid Planetarium. The new STARMASTER VELVET system provides up-to-date astronomical insights for the planetarium visitors. Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, and the Mayor of Kolkata, Sovan Chatterjee, inaugurated the completely modernized institution. Recollecting her school days, the Chief Minister said: "I once came to the Birla Planetarium when I was in school. Scince that day I was fascinated by space sciences and astronomy." She expressed her hope that students from every school will visit the planetarium.


Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal inaugurated the modernized Birla Planetarium.<br><br>

Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal inaugurated the modernized Birla Planetarium.

The modernization of the Birla Planetarium provides totally new and exciting possibilities of presentation. Spell-binding flights to the
planets of the solar system are just as possible as a vivid demonstration of the laws of astronomy. However, the most significant innovation offered by the STARMASTER planetarium projector is the star-lit sky. The stars are now point-shaped, making them shine in exactly the same way as in nature. 

The Birla Planetarium is the most renowned center of popular science in India, and for ZEISS it also is one of the planetarium installations with a very long tradition. The new planetarium system for the Birla Planetarium is a so-called Hybrid Planetarium, with the STARMASTER, an optical-mechanical planetarium projector (also called “Starball”) working in synch with a dome video display system. The Starball presents the most realistic starfield in the dome with superimposed images of constellation outlines, space objects like nebula and galaxies, planets and moons by the VELVET digital video system, called fulldome projection.