Ten-Second Takeaway

It’s been a while since we did a Sunday morning picnic and planetarium thing. Nehru Planetarium is not just for kids anymore guys. Go for the thrills of almost-3D sky-watching.

Don’t ‘Planet’ In Advance

Delhi is full of family activities, museums and things to do around the city. Don’t believe us? Check here.

So, we took our own advice and ended up at Nehru Planetarium at 11am, ditching the mall and the movie-hall. The counter opens at 11am and the Solar System show begins at 11.30am. There are four shows through the day, so make sure you go for the English versions if you aren’t comfortable with shuddh Hindi.

While You Were Waiting

Photo source: Analizer via Wikipedia[CC BY-SA 3.0]

Photo source: Analizer via Wikipedia[CC BY-SA 3.0]

The foyer of the planetarium houses the space museum, and it’s lovably derelict. The space diorama is kinda cool and reminded us of science projects long gone. Reminiscent of school education trips, the planetarium really delivers when it comes to information overload.

We also saw the machine that projects the stars onto the skyscape exhibited in the foyer. The show itself is really blurry for the first few minutes, but soon the little stars become more defined and the narrator takes you on a journey of the solar system.

Round And Round We Go

Our favourite part was the feeling of going round in circles as the projections on the screen revolved and rotated. Showcasing the vast Milky Way, orbiter missions and the planets up close, the movements were remarkably smooth. It’s an hour-long show, so if this is not your area of interest, you may get a bit bored. But if you do fall asleep {the reclining seats are cushy}, we promise you soft background music and waking up to a sky full of stars in the middle of the day.

On the way back, don’t forget to check out the SLV3 satellite thingamajig {it’s awesome}.

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