People in Kolkata can brace for a 45-minute cosmic journey as the M P Birla Planetarium on Friday introduced a new show to take the audience on a spaceship ride across the universe. The show - 'Our Universe' - will take people into the stellar worlds, beyond the Milky Way, he said.
"The custom-made journey promises to give a never-before, unique feel of a spaceship ride," Debiprasad Duari, the director of the planetarium, told PTI. The show, to be held at 6:30 pm everyday, will give a comprehensive, educative and entertaining experience, as the imaginary spacecraft fly past the planets, Duari said.
"When the countdown begins, the dome of the planetarium will appear to take off like a spacecraft, leaving the city behind. All information and images about the planets will be up to date, keeping in sync with the latest observations," he said. On its return journey, a huge parachute will open up, allowing the audience to glide down to the planetarium. "The projector used for the show has been sourced from a German firm. As of now, we have scheduled just one show of 'Our Universe'. The frequency might be increased, depending on the response of the audience," Duari said Since its reopening almost 15 months back, the planetarium has attracted 8 lakh viewers for its other show "Cosmic Collisions", in Hindi, Bengali and English, the director said.
Following the success of 'Cosmic Collisions', the management has decided to introduce the spaceship sojourn. "Initially the show will be held in English, but there are plans to run commentaries in Bengali and Hindi, too, at a later stage.
(With inputs from agencies.)