G P Birla Astronomical Observatory
The GP Birla Observatory is an Indo-French collaborative effort and is one of the few public observatories functional in India. It houses a C11 Telescope donated by Uranoscope of Paris. It is placed at the top floor of the GP Birla Centre to give clear views of the moon and planets, depending on weather conditions and planetary positions in the night sky. We also observe deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula during winter months.
The GP Birla Observatory is open to the public every day (weather permitting) from sunset until 8:00 PM. The centre closes at 8:30 PM.
Join us on full moon nights each month for our public viewing. Additional telescopes are brought in to facilitate larger viewing and are available for free public viewing. We also have astronomy-related talks in the adjoining classroom at 7:30 PM. From time to time, we also open for special events and solar viewing.
If you are interested in purchasing a telescope or have questions about one that you already own, this is a great way to view a variety of telescopes and learn from our experienced volunteers and science officers. Attendance to the observatory is chargeable and tickets can be purchased for Rs. 50 per person from the booking counter. Children under high school age are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Groups of 20 or more should contact the GP Birla Centre for advance arrangements.
Mrs. Geeta Rao
+91 (0) 40 2324 1061