Patna Planetarium

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Indira Gandhi Planetarium
पटना तारामंडल
Indira Gandhi Planetarium
Established20 July 1989
LocationIndira Gandhi Science Complex, Patna, Bihar
Coordinates25°36′40″N 85°08′38″E / 25.611°N 85.144°E / 25.611; 85.144
TypePlanetarium [1]
Visitors985,100 (2007)
DirectorDepartment of Science & Technology,Bihar Government

Indira Gandhi Planetarium (Hindi: इंदिरा गाँधी तारामंडल) is located in Patna's Indira Gandhi Science Complex. The planetarium was constructed through Bihar Council on Science & Technology at a total cost of about 11 Crores.[2] It was conceptualised in 1989 by Bihar Chief Minister Shri Satyendra Narain Sinha with construction[3] commencing in the same year, and opened for the public from 1 April 1993.[2] It is named after senior Indian National Congress leader and former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.

The Patna Planetarium is one of the largest planetariums in Asia. It attracts a large number of domestic as well as foreign tourists. The planetarium has regular film shows on subjects related to astronomy. It also holds exhibitions, which attract many visitors.[4]

The planetarium uses traditional opto-mechanical projection of celluloid film.[5]


In contrast to more modern digital projectors, the opto-mechanical system uses films that are difficult to change. As a consequence, the same film may be shown for years.[5]


The first digital planetarium of Bihar was planned to open in late 2016 at the premises of Shrikrishna Science Centre near Gandhi Maidan in Patna.[5] The planetarium has been developed at a cost of Rs 5 crore and is equipped with a Carl Zeiss digital projector system.[6]

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  2. ^ a b "The Planetarium". Archived from the original on 10 April 2009.
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  4. ^ "Planetarium". Archived from the original on 16 April 2009.[better source needed]
  5. ^ a b c "Digital show for science lovers - May-end date for planetarium launch". 7 May 2016.
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