Thursday, December 16, 2010

National Planetarium




The National Planetarium was officially opened by the Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on February 7, 1994. The objective of the planetarium is to educate the general public about space exploration, our solar system and the field of astronomy through the exhibits and shows in this facility.
This facility is made even more exciting with the imminent sending of Malaysia's first astronaut to the International Space Station within the year 2007. Various exhibits that show the space suit, the International Space Station and how the SOYUZ spacecraft is launched are also shown in great detail.


The National Planetarium or Planetarium Negara Building


It is located just outside Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, near the vicinity of the National Mosque. As you walk up the steps towards the planetarium, you will be able to see the Ancient Observatory Park outside this building. There is a replica of the famous Stonehenge of Salisbury Plain in England. Take note of the Jai Singh Observatory replica of India.


The replica of Stonehenge of Salisbury Plain, England


Exhibits
The entrance to the exhibit is only RM1 and is free for children below 12 years old. You will see model of the solar systems, a plasma ball, a periscope, a model of the Space Shuttle, telescope, laser maze and the transporter room.
Visit the Viewing Gallery which is located on the second level where you will be able to see the city of Kuala Lumpur using the telescopes provided here.
The Planetarium is open daily from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (except on Monday, Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji).


The model of a space shuttle exhibited here


Planetarium Shows
As with any planetarium, Space Theatre shows are shown throughout the day. Tickets are priced ranging from RM2 to RM6 depending on the shows that are screened. Discounts are provided for children below 12 years old and uniformed school children. The schedule of the show is as shown in the table below.

The Planetarium is open daily from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (except on Monday, Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji).

NoTimeShow
110:00 amFLY ME TO THE MOON
211:00 amPASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE
312:00 noonDAWN OF THE SPACE AGE
41:00 pm* PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE
52:00 pm* FLY ME TO THE MOON
63:00 pmDAWN OF THE SPACE AGE
74:00 pmSOS PLANET

Note: * No show on Friday

Getting to the National Planetarium
Taking a taxi is the most convenient mode of transport to the facility.
However, if you don't mind walking, you can use the KTM Komuter train and stop at Kuala Lumpur Station. Take a 20-30 minutes walk towards the lake and follow the signage to the planetarium.
If you drive, free parking are provided at the planetarium’s premises.
For further enquiry, call +603 2273 4302 or visit the National PlanetariumWebsite.


Space and Time Sculpture at the compound of the facility



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