Mumbai: A move has been initiated by the science enthusiasts to bring all the 30 planetaria in the country under one umbrella in a bid to promote interaction and exchange ideas between professionals and the public.
This was announced at the concluding session of a two-day conference on ‘Planetarium Through Ages, Vision 2007’ organized by Nehru Planetarium here last evening as part of completion of 30 years of its existence.
“This move is similar to the one that brought all the science museums in the country under one roof. The purpose being to upgrade the process of exchange of ideas among planetaria professionals,” Piyush Pande, Director, Nehru Planetarium said.
Speaking at the conference, professionals said there was a need to sustain a serious and meaningful planetarium culture which alone would improve the quality of the planetaria across the country.
50 more planetaria are expected to come up, some of them in the remotest parts of the country, in the next few years, indicating growing interest in stars, planets and constellations and a consolidated pool would definitely be a great value add.
With current advances in projection technology in the offing, planetarium presentation wil become more appealing and powerful.
“All-domes immersive experience’ will be cheaper. On the flip side however, new developments will threaten the very existence of public planetarium where hundreds of people sit together and enjoy the vastness and wonders of the universe.