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Swami Vivekananda Planetarium at Pilikula in Mangalore is the first 3D planetarium in India.[3] It is also the first planetarium in the country with 8K digital and opto-mechanical (hybrid) projection system.[4] The planetarium is at the Pilikula Regional Science Centre in Mangalore.[5]

Swami Vivekananda Planetarium
Pilikula Planetarium
Logo of the Swami Vivekananda Planetarium in Mangalore
Swami Vivekananda Planetarium - Mangalore - Dome
Dome of the Swami Vivekananda 3D Planetarium in Mangalore
Swami Vivekananda Planetarium is located in Karnataka
Swami Vivekananda Planetarium
Location at Mangalore
Established1 March 2018 (2018-03-01)
LocationMangalore, Karnataka,  India
Coordinates12°55′36″N 74°53′54″E / 12.9266971°N 74.8984518°E / 12.9266971; 74.8984518Coordinates: 12°55′36″N 74°53′54″E / 12.9266971°N 74.8984518°E / 12.9266971; 74.8984518
TypeActive 3D 8K digital projection
DirectorK V Rao[1]
CuratorPilikula Regional Science Centre
ArchitectEvans & Sutherland[2]
Public transit accessCity Buses 3A, 3B, 3C, 3K, 3S

The Swami Vivekananda Planetarium has a dome diameter of 18 m (59 ft) and a seating capacity of 170.[6] 3D shows such as We Are Stars are presented in English and Kannada.[7]


  1. ^ "Planetarium with advanced technology to become Mangaluru's major tourist attraction". The Hindu. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Mangaluru: Sentosa-like island in Pilikula? Plan on". Bangalore Mirror. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Country's first 3D planetarium inaugurated at Pilikula in city". The Hindu. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Country's first planetarium with 3D hybrid tech opens in Pilikula". Deccan Herald. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Good news for stargazers, India's first virtual 3D Planetarium comes up in Mangaluru". The News Minute. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  6. ^ "3D planetarium at Pilikula to open on March 1". The Hindu. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Eight shows on Saturdays, Sundays at Pilikula planetarium". The Hindu. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.