The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Research recently announced that the planetarium would be kept open on Sundays in a move to promote the subject of astronomy among the public and school children in particular.
Sri Lanka planetarium located in Colombo is the first and only public planetarium in the country. It remains to be similar in structure to how it was back in 1965. The world renowned Engineer Dr A.N.S. Kulasinghe designed this as an exhibit for the industrial exhibition held in the same year. Arrangements of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cathedral of Brasília are incorporated to the construction of planetarium. The refurbished planetarium consists of 570 seats.
To this day, the planetarium is maintained as an institute under the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Research. It’s undoubtedly a great place for students in the field of science. So why not learn more on what the planetarium has to offer?
Planetarium: The Astronomy Classroom
The objective of any Planetarium is to bring about changes in the attitudes of the students towards the subject of astrology. Its where a child is motivated to think about astronomical concepts. What makes a planetarium program successful? There are three key elements that contribute to the overall learning experience in an informal venue such as the planetarium: the personal, physical, and socio-cultural contexts. The Sri Lankan program is successful in all three contexts. Apart from the contexts, its inner dome, taking the shape of a lotus in full bloom and the digitized speculation too contributes to making the program a positive among students across the country.
A Theatre of Public Science
The scientifically literate public is an essential element in the progress of a country. Planetariums around the world inspire and educate people of all ages. A shared account given by distinguished scientists across the world is what caught their eye for scientific research back in the day. This was none other than their first planetarium visit.
Shows at the Sri Lanka Planetarium
How does the planetarium in Sri Lanka contribute in making it a major tool to increase science literacy? This is made possible by showing the spectator the fascinating discoveries in astronomy and space exploration, amazing presentations understood by children of all ages.
The birth of our solar system: The program takes the viewer through the different phases of condensation of the cloud and cosmic dust to the final, the formation of planet earth.
Hubble vision 2: Program highlights the array of discoveries and images made ever since the launch of the great Hubble telescope back in 1990.
Dawn of the space age: Unveils the climaxes of the space travelers from the start of Sputnik 1, the establishment of the international space station, visit to space by Yuri Gagarin, the landing on the moon and many more.
Natural Selection: Targeted more towards the scientific research this program reveal the backstory of the theory of natural selection put forward by the renowned scientist Charles Darwin.
Stars, the powerhouse of the universe: Detailed analysis on every phase of a star’s existence is collaborated to this program.
Exploring the universe, probing the universe with Galileo: Galileo will escort the viewer on an expedition across the northern hemisphere of the sky while revealing bits of his personal life along the way.
Booking and Tickets
Is it necessary to always book a show before coming? Certainly not. But the show can either be a full house or showcased in a different medium or type. To avoid disappointment it is advised to contact and inquire through phone beforehand. It should also be noted that the above shows could not be shown in a single presentation.
Under 12 years
Weekdays: Rs. 30
Saturdays/Sundays: Rs. 50
Teachers and adults
Weekdays: Rs. 100
Saturdays/Sundays: Rs. 100
Tuesday to Sunday at 10.00 AM and 2.00 PM (closed on Mondays and Poya days)
Workshops and seminars
Teacher workshops and navigation workshops are conducted at request. The number of participants for any workshop or a seminar will be a maximum of 200 participants. Upon request, a letter of confirmation will be received in return from the planetarium.
So there you have it.