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Mobile planetariums a big draw

The former ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar coming out of a Mobile Digital Planetarium after watching a show on Wednesday.

The former ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar coming out of a Mobile Digital Planetarium after watching a show on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: H.S. Manjunath

Several queue up to see shows at Pilikula science centre

Several students stood in queue at the reception area of the Pilikula Regional Science Centre to have a feel of presentation inside the inflatable Mobile Digital Planetarium, which is placed a few steps away from the popular object that children play with marbles to understand the elliptical movement of planets.

It’s on the 5-metre dome of this mobile planetarium that children are shown the starry sky and other objects found in the universe. The Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS) has been using this planetarium for the last three years to make students in rural areas aware of the astronomical concepts and create interest in space science.

The KSTePS has brought two mobile planetariums for the exhibition being held at the science centre as part of the international full-dome film festival and planetarium conference, which began on Wednesday. While one mobile planetarium is placed at the reception area, another one has been placed on the first floor of the centre.

Another area that attracted children was the mobile science centre of the Calicut Regional Science Centre, which has been placed at the entrance. The vehicle displayed nearly 20 exhibits related to space application and innovation. Students pressed the button near the exhibit to hear an audio clip about it.

Among the exhibits displayed were ‘Orbits in sky’, ‘Launch vehicle’, ‘Disaster management’, ‘Telemedicine’, and ‘Health care’. “We are taking this vehicle to schools in rural areas in Wayanad,” said Sobin, a staff member of Calicut Science Centre. This was the first time the vehicle has been brought to Karnataka, he said. Regional and other science centres in the State have set up stalls to display their works at the exhibition centre. The exhibition will be on till Friday.

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