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Mangaluru: India's first 3D-planetarium at Pilikula to open by October-Lobo

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, Apr 17:The well-awaited 3D planetarium project, despite increasing costs, has almost reached its completion and will be due to open by October this year, informed MLA JR Lobo in a press meet held his office on Monday, April 17.

"Swami Vivekananda 3D Planetarium at Dr Shivaram Karanth Biological Park in Pilikula will open its gates to the public by October this year. The planetarium is being built at the cost of Rs 35.60 crore will be named after Swami Vivekananda to mark his 150th birth anniversary happened in 2013. The planetarium will present modern inventions coupled with 3D technology, to students and science enthusiasts. The construction of the building for the 3D planetarium is almost complete," said MLA Lobo.
Given the project details he said, "Mangaluru is the first city in the country to have this facility on par with cities such as Singapore, Shanghai, Richmond in the USA, Anyong in Korea, Calgary in Canada, Bristol in UK. The 3D planetarium will be the first of its kind in India with all its technical specifications. The 3D planetarium is unique in terms of these specifications. The new Pilikula Planetarium will be unidirectional with a dome diameter of 18 meters. Around 200 seats would be fixed based on the size and type of chairs."

He further said, "Megastar IIA optical projector from Ohira Tech Japan integrated with Digistar and Active Stereo 3D 8K Digital Planetarium System from Evans and Sutherland Computer Corporation USA, is the technology included in this project. The optical Megastar star projector creates a beautiful, almost real star-field and makes planets, the sun and moon visible with the naked eye. The 8K resolution digistar system uses five Christie Mirage Projectors seamlessly blended together using E&S auto alignment and auto blending systems that will keep the imagery looking expertly aligned.

"This beautifully bright ultra high-resolution system extends the scope of the creative and scientific programmes presented. It offers the audience the first 3D full-dome experience in India. The state uses active stereo 3D glasses for exceptional 3 dimensional images that leap off the screen, creating a whole new level immersion, which is enhanced even further by the 5.1 theatre surround sound system making it the Planetarium in India. Which combines 5.1 sound with 3D vision."

There will be shows revolving around topics like Geography and History throughout the day in 2D and 3D. Shows will be held in English, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam. A special programme of 20-25 minutes on Karnataka namely 'Karnataka Darshana' will also be also included, he informed.

“Technical teams are given only 2 years warranty for these type of projects internationally, but we secured one for five years, which extended our budget of Rs 24.50 crore to Rs 35.60 crore. I am thankful to the state government for the financial help. I congratulate Minister of Science and Technology MR Sitharam and chief minister Siddaramaiah for their support towards the project. We are planning to start the trial run on September. We will handover to public on end of October with a grand inauguration. Also, we are planning a planetarium conference of an international level, and a planetarium festival on the occasion of the planetarium inauguration," Lobo concluded.

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  • Nitin, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Adding Tulu also as media of shows would be good.

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  • Shaf bhak, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Good man lobo

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, texas

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    This is truly an additional pride for Mangalore as well as to all the Mangaloreans living in Mangalore and abroad. This is how a "Smart City" is being developed with varied social, educational, recreational as well as technology oriented projects in and around Mangalore. All of these advantages bring Economic as well as Intellectual qualities for the people of Mangalore.

    The road from Mangalore to Vamanjoor needs expansion and beautification. Tourists develop first impression when they travel from Mangalore to Pilikula, and this starts from good roads, well landscaped with good trees evenly shaped with seasonal flowers blooming both the sides of the road. The roads require regular clean ups and maintenance. The roads need good lighting at nights.

    The 3D Planetarium is certainly a pride for Mangalore. When we visit Mangalore next, a visit to 3D is also a "must". Our kind thoughts and best wishes are always with Mangalore wherever we go and whatever we plan to do. When the City appreciates the overall value and image, we all move forward too.

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  • Alan, mangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Mr Lobo, Mangalore has never seen the likes of you, We salute you Sir, We need more people of your calibre for Mangalore to develop.

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  • DON, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Befitting feather to the cap of city of education

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Mera Mangaluru Badal Raha Hai ...

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    J R Lobo should be given the portfolio of Tourism and I am sure that tourism in our part of the world will really take off. He is a very able administrator and a go getter.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 18 2017

    Definitely he should be given the portfolio of Tourism development. He has done lot of developmental work at Pilikula during his tenure. Here in Dakshina kannada there are lot of opportunities to develop Tourism. but so far no attention has been given to Tourism. Heli Tourism is pending for quite a lon long time.

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  • Conrad John Tauro, Shirva/Udupi/Dubai

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Mr Lobo man of actions...

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Very good initiative. But focus should be on employment, tourism , fisheries , boat /ship building . cashew industry

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  • Good Boy, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    We still dont know how to tackle water shortage, but we have plans for planetarium.

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  • Mad, Dubai

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    For water shortage please pray to god he will help you.

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 17 2017

    Every petrol station and wine shops you can buy water of your own choice.
    *You can not buy planetarium there!

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