The Planetarium is where through a colossal universal projector, one
could view not only the day's sky but also the sky of the previous day,
week, month or year, and even dating back to 25,000 years or up to
25,000 years in the future.
An added feature is that a visitor could also view the sky above
another country, including the midnight sun of a country in the
Natural occurrences such as solar eclipses, comets and meteor showers
are displayed through other projectors. This could be viewed at shows
conducted by the Planetarium. Delivery of lectures on astronomy are also
The Planetarium has been upgraded with the installation of a Digital
full dome projector to project the universe as a 3D space recently. The
Planetarium set up in 1965 was designed by renowned Engineer Dr. A.N.S.
The inner dome of the Planetarium is shaped like a lotus in full
bloom. It was constructed by engineers from Germany. The artificial sky
where one could glimpse the night sky during the day is projected on a
domed screen above the auditorium which could seat 500 visitors.
Internet facilities for schoolchildren, night sky observation camps,
astronomy workshops, science exhibitions, seminars and library
facilities for reference are offered free. The Planetarium would offer
close encounters with what man had discovered about the universe with
The Planetarium is in the premises of the Arts faculty of the
University of Colombo. It has its own entrance opposite the rear
entrance of the Independence Square. The Planetarium is open from
Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. It is closed on
Sundays, Mondays and public holidays.