The audience in a planetarium show is mostly heterogeneous; you have people from crying babesin-arms to snoring 80s. Luckily, a majority comprises students. Some of us also make special shows for students. However, astronomy teaching and learning cannot be just a one-show experience only to be waiting for the launch of the next show at the planetarium. This is not enough. In this presentation the word “outreach” means all those activities that a planetarium engages-in beyond its regular show presentations and not necessarily those performed away from the planetarium. Organisation of lectures by eminent astronomers for general public and students, sky watching with telescope, star gazing sessions held far away from city, quiz, painting essay and other competitions not only make the planetarium a place full of activity but keeps those busy for whom it is done. Our aim is to keep children’s interest alive all the time. Therefore, we got to work all the time in numerous different ways to reach this goal.

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Relevance of outreach activities in planetarium

Suhas B Naik-Satam   Nehru Planetarium

The audience in a planetarium show is mostly heterogeneous; you have people from crying babesin-arms to snoring 80s. Luckily, a majority comprises students. Some of us also make special shows for students. However, astronomy teaching and learning cannot be just a one-show experience only to be waiting for the launch of the next show at the planetarium. This is not enough. In this presentation the word “outreach” means all those activities that a planetarium engages-in beyond its regular show presentations and not necessarily those performed away from the planetarium. Organisation of lectures by eminent astronomers for general public and students, sky watching with telescope, star gazing sessions held far away from city, quiz, painting essay and other competitions not only make the planetarium a place full of activity but keeps those busy for whom it is done. Our aim is to keep children’s interest alive all the time. Therefore, we got to work all the time in numerous different ways to reach this goal.

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