The 45-minute show takes viewers 14,000 years back in time. This is besides a ride through the dinosaur era. One can also travel around in time and traverse through Egypt and Sumeria and the ruins in southeastern Turkey that were discovered recently

Can you imagine the conditions that prevailed during ice age or what happens to the universe after a billion years?

For answers, catch up with The Time Machine – a new sky show at B.M. Birla Planetarium that was launched here on Saturday.

The 45-minute show takes viewers 14,000 years back in time. This is besides a ride through the dinosaur era. One can also travel around in time and traverse through Egypt, Sumeria and the ruins in southeastern Turkey that were discovered recently.

Learner’s paradise

During excavations in Turkey, archaeologists found the sculpture of a Vedic priest’s head that dated back to some 10,000 years, and viewers can learn all these aspects during the show, said B.G. Sidharth, Director, B.M. Birla Science Centre. It is not just about the past. The voyage goes into the future with stopovers at lunar bases, exploration of alien planets and ends with the end of the universe.

Certain things pertaining to research conducted by the Birla Centre on the origin of Vedic astronomy, origin of life on earth and the dark energy driven expansion are also screened, he said.

Origin of life

It generally takes three to four months to develop a new show, but this one took six months in the making.

The basic aim of the show is to help the public understand the origin of life on earth and various civilisations and to motivate students to take interest in these matters, said Mr. Sidharth.

7 shows a day

There will be seven shows everyday, including four in Telugu and three in English. Very shortly a show will be held in Hindi as well. Ticket price is Rs. 40 per head. He added that the Birla Planetarium is planning to host an international workshop on computer science in July and an international symposium on frontier science with focus on students’ involvement in November.

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