Swami Vivekananda Planetarium – Project under progress
The Mangalore Planetarium will be set up in the same site where the Regional Science Centre is being constructed. The advantage therefore is that both the Regional Science Center and Planetarium will be together and visitors can have information about Science and Technology and Astronomy in the same place. The programmes also can be planned to various groups of students and teachers independently. The additional merits are:
- Electrical and Water connections to the site could be now planned for both the centers and expenditure for infrastructure facilities will thus be less.
- There is no Planetarium in the coastal Karnataka area. The other Planetarium in the state is the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium at Bangalore.
- The density of educational institutions in Coastal Karnataka is very high and the number of visitors to the Planetarium could thus be very high.
- The Planetarium can cater to the surrounding districts of Coastal Karnataka and also to neighboring districts of Kerala.
- Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium at Bangalore can help in training the man power required and also in production of thematic shows.
- The Planetarium at Mangalore is being planned for a capacity of 230 with a dome diameter of 15 meters. The state of art technology of the Hybrid system is planned for the Planetarium which is the latest in the country.
- The Planetarium will serve the purpose of educating people in this part of the country and will attract tourists to Pilikula Nisarga Dhama which is already recognized as a tourists centre of Dakshina Kannada district.
The land that is allotted for Regional Science Centre and for the Planetarium is more than sufficient for the project and has enough scope for further expansion if needed.