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Celestial experience on NO TV Day

Would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar? Sucharita Kanjilal reports.

mumbai Updated: Jan 26, 2012 01:25 IST
Sucharita Kanjilal
Sucharita Kanjilal
Hindustan Times

Would you like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar?

The lines from an old Bing Crosby song aptly describe an experience you could have on No TV Day. As part of the events on January 28, the Nehru Planetarium at Worli will screen a host of free shows for the public.

Starting at noon, the four shows, which run for forty minutes each, will be screened and open to all. Each show can accommodate 500 people, and the seats will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. This includes two screenings of Stars & Wonders of the Universe — one each in Hindi and Marathi, where the audience will journey through the life cycle of a star. The other show, screened in Hindi and English is called Awesome Universe, which describes various facets of the planets and solar systems.

“Our aim is to popularise science and astronomy. Opening up a free show for them on No TV Day will encourage them to come and see the planetarium,” said Arvind Paranjpye, the planetarium director.

If the weather permits and the skies remain clear, visitors will be shown Venus through a telescope, as it is the only planet that can be seen clearly in daylight. The planetarium plans to project an image of the sun on a screen to point out its more fascinating aspects including sunspots.

“These shows are open to all, and we are particularly keen on getting in children from schools and colleges,” added Paranjpye.

First Published: Jan 26, 2012 01:23 IST