Pathani Samanta Planetarium is situated in the capital city Bhubaneswar
. Its aim is to invoke interest among the people regarding the celestial environment and to create awareness in the field of astronomy, astrophysics and space science. The planetarium undertakes certain interesting activities such as night sky watching, audio visual programs, poster shows and demonstration of astronomical instruments. It encourages and offers funds for those interested in carrying out researches in the field of science and technology.
Pathani Samanta Planetarium supports the scientists financially, enabling them to participate and interact in the higher forums of international conferences. It also works to popularize the remote sensing technology. There is a well-equipped library with books on science, technology and environment.
The Planetarium offers regular shows about outer space on all days except Mondays from 14 00 to 17 00 hrs. It also conducts special shows in English at 16 00 hrs. The planetarium charges a reasonable entrance fee.