January 2019

A Space Adventure
January 2019

A visit to the Sri Lanka Planetarium in Colombo will be a wonderful experience. The one and half-hour show is a great way to learn about the universe and have fun.

Walk along the star-studded entrance pathway and catch a glimpse of famous star constellations such as Orion and the 12 Zodiac signs. Beautiful photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope also adorn the walls.

Discover the marvels of space in the dome theatre. It has a 360-degree dome that virtually takes you on a journey through the solar system, from planet to planet. As you listen to the descriptive narration, be amazed by the galaxies and nebulas in the Milky Way.

Witness the phases of humankind's exploration in space. Watch amazing footage from the historic landing on the moon.

Guess what?

During the show you can view that particular day's sky with the most accurate astronomical positions of stars and planets!

Interestingly, the Universal Projector placed at the middle of the Dome Theatre has the ability to project the night sky as seen from any place on Earth in the past, present or the future.

Did you know?

Established in 1965, Sri Lanka Planetarium is one of the biggest planetariums in South Asia.

Designed by Dr A N S Kulasinghe, the first model of the structure was prepared as a special exhibit to display at the Ceylon industrial Exhibition in 1965. The building was constructed by Sri Lankan engineers based on the model.

The unique design of the Planetarium resembles the traditional war bonnet (feathered headdress) worn by Native American tribal chiefs. Its aerial view is that of a blooming lotus, white against the surrounding greens.

Take note

The Planetarium is open from Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Show time: 10.00am and 2.00pm
The shows are available in English, Sinhala and Tamil.

Make sure you visit the planetarium and reserve your tickets early.

Information and support for photography was provided by Arunu Prabha Perera, Director and staff members, Sri Lanka Planetarium, Colombo 7.