Student’s Project – October 2019: Integrating planetarium with observatory through a Fair-Shared Astro-Park


Project Background

Planetariums have been established for a variety of reasons; some of them not always stated. A few have been built solely as useful tools for teaching celestial navigation. Some came about primarily as memorials to rich and/or famous people. Others were designed as unique attractions to draw visitors to a museum. Still others were intendedfrom their inceptions to serve as multimedia theatres for a wide variety of entertaining programs. Perhaps the best primary reason to establish a planetarium is to provide a community a place where people can enjoy a guided journey of exploration through the vast cosmos to which we all belong. Never before have humans known as much about the universe as we do today. Never before have we acquired new information about the universe as quickly as we do now. Yet, at the same time, never has the general public been so ignorant about even the basic facts of celestial science. And Observatories are also a part of Planetarium which may not be seen in every Planetarium. In ancient time observatories were used only for research purposes but now-a-days they are also used as a part of Planetarium for the purpose of observing real time sky views.


Potentiality of the project

Hence the need for planetariums as front line artillery in the battle for science literacy has never been greater. The educational role of the planetarium is enhanced by the ability of the stimulating planetarium environment to inspire enthusiasm for science; awe at the marvels of the universe; and new perspectives on our world and civilization. In this sense a planetarium is of no less cultural importance than a library or museum. Perhaps the poorest reason to build a planetarium is to make money. Very few, if any, planetariums generate more money than they cost, when all the direct and indirect costs are taken into account. Neither do most libraries nor museums. The point is that these educational and cultural institutions are not, by nature, for-profit businesses – at least not in the monetary sense. The ‘profits’ that they generate are more enlightened citizens who live more enriched lives. To their credit, however, many planetariums can and do recover large portions of their operating expenses from ticket sales, facility rentals, gift shop sales, and financial grants. This Planetarium will achieve the goal through its exhibits, demonstration of scientific achievement of the mankind in the space and educational programs. It will complement the informal scientific and technical learning programs that are generally taught under in the school, technical institutes, colleges and universities in the country. It will also serve as a resource centre and a place for the exchange of ideas among the science equators.


Rationale of the Project

Bangladesh is a country with a huge population and they are proudly coping up with the present world in all sectors. And Khulna is a city which contributed almost every sector of our national and International gains proudly with leading number of attributes. But in case of astronomy or astrophysics, our knowledge and contribution to the world research is not up to the mark as the other fields. So, such project will enhance our ability and also inspire new generation towards astronomical science. So from such recreational and learning point of view there should be for astronomical learning and perception of astronomic. The project has been developed with that end in view. This centre has been designed not only to enable the general public to enjoy the important feature of astronomical science through observation but also will help teaming the main feature of astronomy and Astrophysics. Most of Big cities have this type of space theatre for civic and learning, purposes.


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