Birla Planetarium in Chennai is situated at the Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre (TNSTC). It is in the campus of Periyar Science and Technology Center located at the Gandhi Mandapam Road. The planetarium was established in the year 1988 in Chennai.
The planetarium is a must visit especially if you are with children. It provides education along with entertainment as you are taken on a virtual tour of the universe while you remain seated and the universe revolves around you!
In 2009, the planetarium got a 360 degree sky theatre that was the first of its kind in the country. This entire project was completed at a budget of a whopping 2.1 million rupees.
Those interested in astronomy can enroll themselves for a course in astronomy as well as for course in night-sky observations. The planetarium has a classroom studio as well as a seminar hall for the purpose of education. Many workshops and seminars are conducted within the premises of the planetarium and prominent astronomists and scientists come to lecture on the science of astronomy.