Sri Lanka Planetarium

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Sri Lanka Planetarium
ශ්‍රී ලංකා ග්‍රහලෝකාගාරය
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Established1 February 1965 (1965-02-01)
LocationProf. Stanley Wijesundaran Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka.
TypePlanetarium
DirectorK. P. K. Koralagama[1]
Websitewww.planetarium.gov.lk

Sri Lanka Planetarium is a public planetarium located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is the first and only planetarium in the country and maintained as an institute under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research.[2]

The Planetarium was established on 1 February 1965 by the State Engineering Corporation as a special feature for the Ceylon industrial exhibition held in Colombo same year.[3] The planetarium was designed by the chief engineer from the State Engineering Corporation of Ceylon, A. N. S. Kulasinghe, and was constructed by engineers from Germany.[4] The building takes elements from the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (Sir Frederick Gibberd - 1960) and the Cathedral of Brasília (Oscar Niemeyer - 1960).[5] The building has a reinforced concrete floor and a pre-stressed concrete folded plate roof, which was pre-cast on-site.[5] The building was funded by the German Democratic Republic as a gift to Ceylon.

With the aid of a universal projector stationed at the centre of this building, the artificial sky is created on the domed screen above a 570-seat auditorium.[6] The universal projector is a product of Carl Zeiss AG East Germany.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sri Lanka Planetarium". Government information centre. www.gic.gov.lk. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  2. ^ "INSTITUTIONS#Planetarium". www.motr.gov.lk. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Our Planetarium". www.planetarium.gov.lk. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Planetarium". Amazinglanka. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b Pieris, Anoma (2013). Architecture and Nationalism in Sri Lanka: The Trouser Under the Cloth. Routledge. p. 164. ISBN 9780415630023.
  6. ^ "Sri Lanka Planetarium with enhanced technology to be opened today". News First. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2016.