Birla Planetarium is located at Kotturpuram, near Adyar
, in Chennai
. Built in memory of B M Birla, the eminent industrialist and visionary, it is one of the most modern planetariums in the country. The planetarium is housed in a hemi-spherical theatre.
Birla Planetarium features a fully computerized projector which brings the heavenly bodies to life. The latest astronomical phenomena are brought back to life in simulated environment. The center conducts courses on astronomy and night sky observations every second Saturdays.
The Periyar Science and Technology Museum situated nearby is a favorite spot for students and other science enthusiasts.