Telescope Making Activities

Free coaching in How to Make an Astronomical Telescope is given at the Nehru Planetarium.

For students from class VII to X can learn to make a simple Galilean refracting type telescope where as other can make Newtonian type reflecting telescope.

Workshops on Galilean type telescopes are normally conducted on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There is no fixed schedule for making Newtonian type reflecting telescope.

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Ancient Skies – Ancient Mysteries

Nehru Planetarium launches its new sky theatre programme titled 'Ancient Skies – Ancient Mysteries' the programme deals with various Violent phenomenon that takes place in our Universe.  

The night sky appears gentle with twinkling stars creating a tranquil scene, punctuated now and then by a brief flash of a shooting star. But the universe is far from being so.

In this show we explore the Violent activities which take place in the Universe and the significance of these activities.

According to the popular theory the Universe itself stated with a Big Bang. And collisions within the Galaxies followed, creating generations of stars.

And then had it not been for the big meteor hitting the earth to wipe out the dinosaurs, birds and mammals would not have flourished on this planet. In this sense the mankind owes its existence to this very catastrophe.

These are the issues discussed in our new show
'Ancient Skies – Ancient Mysteries'



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Welcome to Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai

The Nehru Planetarium, commissioned on 3rd March, 1977 has grown into a Centre for scientific study of astronomy and for meeting of scientists and scholars for discussions and lectures, arranged periodically on various stellar and Astronomical events.

The programmes are aimed at inspiring students. These include Science quiz contests, Astro-painting, Science elocution, Astro-poetry and Astro-quiz competitions. Special arrangements are made to watch, study and photograph Solar & Lunar eclipses, and many such other events. Telescopes are installed outside the Planetarium to enable eager visitors to watch these phenomena.

Name of Sky Show: "Ancient Skies – Ancient Mysteries"

Show Timings   Language
12:00 nn   Hindi
01:30 pm   Marathi
03:00 pm   English
04:30 pm   Hindi


Admission Fee:
(With effect from 1st July 2014)

Adult Rs. 60/-
Child Rs. 40/- (4 to 12 years)
School Rs. 20/-

Booking Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  (Tickets can be booked a week in advance at booking window)
  (Online Ticket Booking closes at 10.00am for the day)
Instructions : Admission 15 minutes before the show.
  No Admission after the show is on.
  Seating capacity : 500


“Special Request”:
Dear Visitors – Please book your tickets for Planetariun Shows at least a day in an advance to avoid inconvenience during Festival Season, Summer and Winter Vacations of Schools.

“The student concession is available @ Rs 10/- each, for a minimum group of 25 & above, on submission of a school authority letter, and booking is to be done well in an advance, by Cash/Local Cheques or DD in favour of "Nehru Centre,Mumbai”
School Groups to report 30 Minutes before the show time.

Planetarium will remain closed on April 24th on account of Election.

Mondays Closed
Also closed on the following dates and days

Holi (2nd Day) 17 March 2014 Monday
Ganesh Chaturthi
29 August 2014
Ganesh Immersion Day
(Anant Chaturdashi)

8 September 2014 

3 October 2014
24 & 25 October 2014
Friday & Saturday

Nearest local railway stations: Mumbai Central, Mahalakshmi, Dadar & Byculla

Planetarium can be reached by the following BEST buses:
A1, A2, A4, 28, 33, 37, 39, 57, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89,91, 92, 93, 125, 151, 153, 154, 166, 385, 302, 357 & 521

The planetarium also conducts other programmes such as public lectures

Information about these and some astronomical events can be found below.
Other Information :

Free live sky observation programmes using telescopes only on Sundays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. from November to May provided the sky is clear & objects are visible.

For further details:

Phone: +91-22-24920510

Fax: +91 -22-24924133






During the last 26 years of its inception Planetarium generated 28 astronomical presentations using Carl Zeiss Mark IV Universal Projector, which were viewed by 95 lakh astronomy lovers. The projector served its full life.

In the meanwhile, the technology marched at a growing space bringing new ideas and means. To keep abreast with the new technology, Nehru Centre has installed Digistar-3 Planetarium equipment replacing Carl Zeiss Universal Projector, purchased from Evans & Sutherland, of USA.

This new equipment is basically a bank of eight computers that have the latest database of the sky loaded onto them. All the advantages of digital imagery are thus brought to the fingertips of the operator. The computers send the information to six high resolution video projectors that cover the entire dome. Digistar-3 system has 5.1 channel surround sound.

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The Rules

(by image we mean photograph or digital image)
  • This exhibition is open to anyone
  • Each individual may send up to four (4) images in jpg format and 800 kb size
  • Every image should carry the following details
    1) name of the photographer, 2) camera used; 3) exposure, 4) f ratio, 5) date and time.
  • Entries must be original work of the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally and may not incorporate elements projected by anyone else.
  • By submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as their own and permits the sponsor to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for display and/or publication in media related to the exhibition. This may include low resolution posting on Nehru Centre web site and assumes no liability for any misuse of copyright.
  • The photograph may show earth and sky connection, such as the Moon or sun rising over famous monument or landmark, possibly from India. Or it could be just an astronomical object, such as a star cluster, comet, planet etc.
  • Entrant would be intimated about entries selected for the exhibition.
  • The final print would be in 10 x 12 inch with frame not more than 2 inches on the sides. The frames should be mounted with mounting hooks on two sides.