This is how AASTRO debunked the 'Super Moon Hoax'



There were widely spread rumors and  fear among the people over chances of natural disasters and occurrence of unusual phenomenon because of  'Super Moon effect'  these days.Speculations have moved the goalposts to within 1 or 2 weeks of a supermoon to suggest a causal relationship with specific natural disasters such as the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Such a widening of the effect window is unjustified since the Moon was further from the Earth than average, making a super moon effect impossible.

A supermoon is bigger and brighter than an ordinary full moon. The reason: the moon’s orbit around the Earth is elliptical, not round. And so when the elliptical path passes closest to Earth a full moon becomes 14 per cent wider and 30 per cent brighter than an average full moon. Not since 1992 has the moon passed as close to Earth as happened on Saturday night.

 

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AASTRO Kerala took effective efforts  and organised activities at various levels to debunk this controversy.AASTRO Kozhikkode chapter organised classes and demonstration sessions thorough out the district.hundereds of people gathered to take in their fill of the ‘supermoon' that rose on Saturday night sky.Observations were arranged in places like Eranjikkal, Mananchira, Thondayadu, Mukkam, Balussery, Nadakkavu, Perambra,Madappally,Kuttikkaattoor,Kundamangalam and so on.Programmes were organised in different educational institutions too.

Through out the state,AASTRO organised moon watching sessions to strike out the 'hoax'.On cyberspace,AASTRO posted many articles and links over internet to make the science behind super moon clear.One of them can be found here : http://aastro.org/2011/03/super-moon/

Some studies have reported a weak correlation between lunar activity and shallow, very low intensity earthquakes. However, no evidence has been found of any correlation with major earthquakes.The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami is the only earthquake of 8.0 magnitude or greater to have occurred within 2 weeks of the 14 extreme supermoons from 1900 to the present date,suggesting that the claim of a supermoon effect on the incidence of large-scale earthquakes is unjustified.

v s/AASTRO

 

 

ആസ്ട്രോ കേരള കോഴിക്കോട് വാര്‍ഷികം

ആസ്ട്രോകേരള കോഴിക്കോട് ഘടകത്തിന്‍റെ ഒന്നാം വാര്‍ഷികം ആഘോഷിച്ചു. 2011 മാര്‍ച്ച് 11 ന്ന് വൈകുന്നേരം കോഴിക്കോട്ട് ഈസ്റ്റ് ഹില്‍ ഫിസിക്കല്‍ എഡുക്കേഷന്‍ ഗ്രൗണ്ടില്‍ വച്ചു കോഴിക്കോട് നമ്പര്‍ ഒന്ന് സെന്‍ട്രല്‍ സ്കൂള്‍,ഈസ്റ്റ് ഹില്‍ ഹയര്‍ സെക്കന്‍ററി സ്കൂള്‍ , വെസ്റ്റ് ഹില്‍ ചുങ്കം യു.പി.സ്കൂള്‍, ഈസ്റ്റ് ഹില്‍ ഹൗസിങ്ങ് കോളനി തുടങ്ങിയ സ്ഥാപനങ്ങളിലെ കുട്ടികള്‍ക്കായി കൂറ്റന്‍ ടെലസ്കോപ്പുപയോഗിച്ച് വാന നിരീക്ഷണവും  ജ്യോതിശാസ്ത്ര ക്ളാസും നടന്നു.അനവധി കുട്ടികളും പൊതുജനങ്ങളും സന്നിഹിതരായി.

 

 

 

 

AASTRO had its annual celebrations at Wayanad

Amateur Astronomers Organisation of Kerala,which is the largest astronomy popularization network of its kind in the state completed an year of existence and proudly commemorated the occasion with AASTRO Wayanad fraction.

AASTRO Wayanad chapter organised a whole day event on Saturday,5th March at W.M.O Arts & Science College,Muttil. A one day workshop on Astronomy was inaugurated by Prof.K.Pappootty,AASTRO President. Many other distinguished guests and resource persons were present.The programme was jointly organised by the Department of Physics and AASTRO Wayanad Chapter.The college is completing its 15th year of existence too.

The workshop had lectures on various topics ,presentations, introduction to astronomy softwares  and a star watching session.

 

On a talk arranged for students,Shri.Vaishakhan Thampi presented the topic 'The ultimate attraction' in which he detailed gravity,Galieo and Kepler's rudimentary ideas, how newton utilized it effectivly, triumphs of newton's formulation, how relativity challenged newtonian ideas, how general theory of relativity solved the problem and so.

He mentioned about recent developments like quantum gravity and grand unification theory too.

After noon sessions included a Talk on 'Old concepts of the universe' by Shri. K. P. Aliyas and a class on sky mapping by Shri. Gopakumar.Discussion on familiarizing astronomy softwares were also there.The programme concluded with a sky watching session.

AASTRO wayanad secretary Shri.Tomy M M presented the previous year's activty report in the inaugural function.Wayanad Chapter is one of the most active district fractions of AASTRO.They had regular monthly gatherings, study classes on subjects like history of astronomy, solar system, particle physics, sky mapping etc so far.The members conduct astronomy classes, sky mapping programmes wherever they are invited.

The Department of physics in WMO College was established along with the inception of the college in 1995 offering graduate programme. In 2002 it was upgraded as a post graduate department . Now they are pioneering successfully with many of their off springs getting migrated to several National institutes and Research laboratories.Principal,Head of the Department and other college authorities will take part in the function.

The outstanding participation and co operation of students,public and academic-non academic community experienced in our programmes and outreach events has led AASTRO to new heights of confidence and we will continue our activities throughout the state with more force and structure.We thank all those participated and encouraged us to achieve the fame and name we have now.2011 promises to be an exciting year with our club making more AASTRO clubs in schools and colleges as well as activating more district fractions.

V S / AASTRO

How photometry is important in astronomy

 

In our public lecture on March first week,Dr.K.C.Ajith Prasad from Mahathma Gandhi College,Thiruvananthapuram, demonstrated how we implement  photometric applications in astronomy.

Photometry is a technique of astronomy concerned with measuring the flux, or intensity of an astronomical object's electromagnetic radiation. Usually, photometry refers to measurement over large wavelength bands of radiation; when not only the amount of radiation but also its spectral distribution are measured the term spectrophotometry is used.

Photometric measurements can be combined with the inverse-square law to determine the luminosity of an object if its distance can be determined, or its distance if its luminosity is known. Other physical properties of an object, such as its temperature or chemical composition, may be determined via broad or narrow-band spectrophotometry. Typically photometric measurements of multiple objects obtained through two filters are plotted on a color-magnitude diagram, which for stars is the observed version of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. Photometry is also used to study the light variations of objects such as variable stars, minor planets, active galactic nuclei and supernovae, or to detect transiting extrasolar planets. Measurements of these variations can be used, for example, to determine the orbital period and the radii of the members of an eclipsing binary star system, the rotation period of a minor planet or a star, or the total energy output of a supernova.

The talk were attended by many students and astronomy optimists.The next lecture will on the first Thursday of April.

 

Astronomical detector techonoligies

Summer school for Physics PG students @ Thiruvananthapuram

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University College Physics Society,which is a registered unity of old students and teachers of the Department of Physics,Trivandrum University College will organise a 10 day summer school for post graduate students in physics during April - May.The school offers a blend of advanced topics in mathematical Physics,Quantum Physics,Theoretical physics etc. In addition to lecture classes,practical sessions on electronics are also arranged.The total intake of students are limited to 40 only.The programme is dated from 25th April to May 5th.Venue will be the Department of Physics,University College,Thiruvananthapuram.

For  details on registration,topics and more,one can contact :

Prof.V .Manikantan Nair 9496195959  e-mail : maniphysics63@gmail.com

Dr.V.M.AnandaKumar 9447304866  e-mail : anandmgc@gmail.com

 

Super Moon?

"അറിഞ്ഞില്ലേ ഒരു മഹാ ദുരന്തം വരാന്‍ പോകുന്നു... വരുന്ന 19 നു ചന്ദ്രന്‍ ഭൂമിയോട് വളരെ അടുത്ത് വരുന്നു. അപ്പോള്‍ ചന്ദ്രന്റെ ആകര്‍ഷണം കാരണം ഇവിടെ ഭൂമികുലുക്കം, അഗ്നിപര്‍വത സ്ഫോടനം, വെള്ളപ്പൊക്കം അങ്ങനെ ദുരന്തങ്ങളുടെ പരമ്പര തന്നെ ഉണ്ടാവുമത്രേ. ജപ്പാനിലെ ദുരന്തം ഒരു തുടക്കം മാത്രം..."

 

കഴിഞ്ഞ കുറെ ദിവസങ്ങളായി ഞാന്‍ കേള്‍ക്കുന്ന കഥകളുടെ ചുരുക്കമാണ് മേല്‍ എഴുതിയത്. ആളുകള്‍ക്ക് പറഞ്ഞു ബഹളം വെക്കാന്‍ മറ്റൊരു വിഷയം. പക്ഷെ പല അടിസ്ഥാന ശാസ്ത്ര സത്യങ്ങളെയും കുറിച്ച് പോതുജനത്തിനുള്ള അറിവില്ലായ്മയുടെ തെളിവ് കൂടിയാണ് ഇത്തരം കഥകളുടെ പ്രചരണം.

 

ഇനി ഈ കഥയുടെ പിന്നിലെ സത്യം അറിയാന്‍ ശ്രമിക്കാം...

 

ചന്ദ്രന്‍ ഭൂമിയുടെ ഒരു ഉപഗ്രഹം എന്ന നിലയില്‍ ഭൂമിയെ വലം വെക്കാന്‍ വിധിക്കപ്പെട്ട ആളാണല്ലോ. ചന്ദ്രന്റെ പരിക്രമണ പഥം അഥവാ ഓര്‍ബിറ്റ് ദീര്‍ഘ വൃത്തമാണ്. അതുകൊണ്ടുതന്നെ ഭൂമിയില്‍ നിന്നും ചന്ദ്രനിലേക്കുള്ള ദൂരം മാറിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കും.

Moon's orbit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ചന്ദ്രന്‍ ഭൂമിയോട് ഏറ്റവും അടുത്ത് വരുന്ന സ്ഥാനം perigee എന്നും ഏറ്റവും അകലെ പോകുന്ന സ്ഥാനം apogee എന്നും അറിയപ്പെടുന്നു(ചിത്രം)

 

ചന്ദ്രന്‍ ഭൂമിയെ ഒരുതവണ വലം വെക്കാന്‍ 27.32 ദിവസം എടുക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. അതായത് 27.32 ദിവസത്തില്‍ ഒരിക്കല്‍ വീതം ചന്ദ്രന്‍ പെരിഗീയിലൂടെ കടന്നു പോകുന്നുണ്ട്. perigee യില്‍ എത്തുമ്പോള്‍ ചന്ദ്രന്‍ ഭൂമിയില്‍ ചെലുത്തുന്ന ആകര്‍ഷണബലം apogee നിന്നും ചെലുതുന്നതിനേക്കാള്‍ ഏകദേശം 20 ശതമാനം കൂടുതലായിരിക്കും എന്നത് സത്യമാണ്. പക്ഷെ വേലിയേറ്റങ്ങളുടെ ശക്തി കൂടുന്നതുപോലുള്ള ചില ചെറിയ മാറ്റങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് അപ്പുറം ഒന്നും ചെയ്യാന്‍ ഇത് പര്യാപ്തമല്ല.

 

വരുന്ന മാര്‍ച്ച്‌ 19 നു സംഭവിക്കുന്നത് സൂപ്പര്‍ മൂണ്‍ എന്ന പ്രതിഭാസമാണ്. പതിവിലും വലിപ്പം കൂടിയതായി ചന്ദ്രബിംബം കാണപ്പെടുന്ന അവസ്ഥ ആയതുകൊണ്ടാണ്‌ ആ പേര്‍ അതിനു കൈവന്നത്. ചന്ദ്രന്‍ പെരിഗീയില്‍ വരുന്ന എല്ലാ അവസരങ്ങളിലും ഇത് സംഭവിക്കാറില്ല. അതിനു ചന്ദ്രന്റെ പെരിഗീയില്‍ എത്തലും പൂര്‍ണ ചന്ദ്രനും ഒരുമിച്ച് സംഭവിക്കണം. ചന്ദ്രന്റെ വൃദ്ധി -ക്ഷയങ്ങള്‍ (ചന്ദ്രക്കലമുതല്‍ പൂര്‍ണചന്ദ്രന്‍ വരെയുള്ള ചന്ദ്രന്റെ രൂപമാറ്റങ്ങള്‍) യഥാര്‍ഥത്തില്‍ സൂര്യനാല്‍ പ്രകാശിപ്പിക്കപ്പെടുന്ന ചന്ദ്രന്റെ ഭാഗം, ഭൂമിയെ അപേക്ഷിച്ച് അതിന്റെ സ്ഥാനം മാറുന്നതിനാല്‍ പല അളവുകളില്‍ നമുക്ക് ദ്രിശ്യമാകുന്നതാണ്.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ചിത്രം കാണുക. അതില്‍ ചന്ദ്രന്റെ സ്ഥാനവും അതാതു സ്ഥാനങ്ങളില്‍ ചന്ദ്രന്‍ ഭൂമിയില്‍ എങ്ങനെ കാണപ്പെടും എന്നുമാണ് കാണിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്. ചന്ദ്രന്‍ കൃത്യമായി സൂര്യനും ഭൂമിക്കും ഇടയില്‍ വരുന്ന സമയം ചന്ദ്രന്റെ പ്രകാശിതമായ ഭാഗം നമുക്ക് കാണാന്‍ കഴിയില്ല. അതാണ്‌ അമാവാസി. അതുപോലെ ഭൂമി കൃത്യം സൂര്യനും ചന്ദ്രനും ഇടയില്‍ വരുമ്പോള്‍ പൌര്‍ണമി സംഭവിക്കും എന്ന് കാണാന്‍ പ്രയാസമില്ലല്ലോ.

ചുരുക്കി പറഞ്ഞാല്‍, സൂര്യന്റെ സ്ഥാനം കൂടി അനുയോജ്യമായിരുന്നാല്‍ മാത്രമേ 'സൂപ്പര്‍ മൂണ്‍' സംഭവിക്കൂ. ചന്ദ്രന്‍ പെരിഗീയില്‍ ആയിരിക്കുകയും, ഭൂമിയും സൂര്യനുമായി നേര്‍രേഖയില്‍ ആയിരിക്കുകയും ചെയ്യുമ്പോള്‍ സൂര്യന്റെ ആകര്‍ഷണം കാരണം ചന്ദ്രന്റെ ഓര്‍ബിറ്റ് നു അല്പം 'വലിവ്' സംഭവിക്കുകയും തുടര്‍ന്ന് ചന്ദ്രന്‍ ഒരല്പം കൂടി ഭൂമിയോട് അടുത്തു വരുകയും ചെയ്യും. അതാണ്‌ ഈ മാര്‍ച്ച്‌ 19 നു സംഭവിക്കാന്‍ പോകുന്നത്. അന്ന് നമ്മുടെ അമ്പിളിമാമന്‍ കാണാന്‍ കൂടുതല്‍ സുന്ദരനായിരിക്കും...

 

ഭൂമിയില്‍ ഇതിനു മുന്‍പ് ഉണ്ടായതിലും അപ്പുറം വലിയ ദുരന്തങ്ങളൊന്നും സൃഷ്ട്ടിക്കാന്‍ ഈ പ്രതിഭാസത്തിനു കഴിവില്ല. പിന്നെ ഇത്തരം ലോകാവസാന കഥകള്‍ പ്രച്ചരിപ്പിക്കുന്നതുകൊന്ദ് കുറെ പേരെങ്കിലും ഇതിനെ പറ്റി കൂടുതല്‍ പഠിക്കാന്‍ ശ്രമിക്കും... പിന്നെ എന്നെ പോലുള്ളവര്‍ക്ക് ഇങ്ങനെ ചില പ്രചാരവേലകള്‍ കൂടി നടത്തുകയും ആവാമല്ലോ...

 

അതിനാല്‍ കൂടുതല്‍ കഥകള്‍ പ്രതീക്ഷിച്ചു കൊണ്ട്...

Vaisakhan Thampi D S, AASTRO Kerala

Eminent Indian Astrophysicist Venkataraman Radhakrishnan Passes Away

Eminent astrophysicist Venkatraman Radhakrishnan, who is known for his work on pulsars, passed away.He was an internationally renowned scientist and was an Emeritus Professor of the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore, where he had been Director from 1972 to 1994.

He was known for his work on pulsars and and the structure of interstellar medium.He was also much indulged in designing and fabricating ultra light aircraft and sailboats. In fact, over the last few months Professor Radhakrishnan embarked on a worldwide voyage in a yacht designed by him.

Professor Radhakrishnan was born in Tondaripet, a suburb of Madras. His earlier schooling was in Madras. Then he had received his B.Sc.(Hon) from Mysore University. He started his research career as a research scholar at the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and thereafter was in the research faculties of various world famous institutes. He worked in the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden as a Research Assistant during 1955-58. He was a Senior Research fellow of the California Institute of Technology, USA before joining the Radiophysics Division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Sydney, Australia initially as the Senior Research Scientist and later as the Principal Research Scientist. He returned to India in 1972 and took up the task of rebuilding the Raman Research Institute as it’s Director. During his tenure as the Director of the Raman Research Institute between 1972 –1994 he built up an international reputation for work in the areas of pulsar astronomy, liquid crystals and other areas of frontline research in Astronomy. The University of Amsterdam conferred the most prestigious Doctor Honoris Causa degree on Prof. Radhakrishnan in 1996.

Radhakrishnan was one of the most respected Radio Astronomers in the world during his time, in that he was associated in one capacity or other with the world’s biggest radio telescopes. He was the member of the Foreign Advisory Committee for the Netherlands Foundation for Radio Astronomy, Steering Committee of the Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO, Australia, Advisory Committee for the Green Bank Radio Telescope, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, USA He was also the Member of the Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics. During the period of 1973 – 1981 he was a member of the Indian National Committee for Astronomy.

Radhakrishnan was selected to various scientific bodies, both national and international. He was a Foreign Fellow of both the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Science Academy. He was an Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore

V. Radhakrishnan had been associated with the field of radio astronomy practically from the beginning of its phenomenal post- World War II growth in the 1950s. He was one of the persons who founded the science of observational astronomy in India. His career had been truly international, starting in Sweden in 1954 and proceeding via CalTech and CSIRO, Sydney to Bangalore where he spent the last thirty three years.

Starting with the electronics of receivers, he moved on to technically innovative and astronomically far-reaching studies of the polarization of the radio waves. These include the detection of radio waves from the Van Allen like belts surrounding Jupiter and the first determination of the true rotation of the core of Jupiter. He was also the first in systematic application of interferometry to polarized brightness brightness distributions and an early study of the Zeeman effect  in the 21cm line emitted by a hydrogen atom. His measurements of polarization of Vela Pulsar were decisive in establishing the picture of a magnetized rotating neutron star and led him to propose the paradigm of curvature radiation from polar caps of neutron stars which has dominated the subject of pulsar emission mechanisms since that time.

The period of his stay in Australia also marked his leadership of an extensive survey of the absorption and emission of 21 cm line radiation by neutral hydrogen which later helped to develop the realistic model of the interstellar medium. He also carried out systematic interferometric study of 21 cm absorption towards a large number of galactic and extragalactic sources. His detailed observational and theoretical work on different aspects of pulsars is truly pioneering in the field of Pulsar Astronomy.

According to his colleagues in different international institutes, each world renowned for their contributions in the field of astronomy & astrophysics, although Prof. Radhakrishnan has a number of important discoveries to his credit, his main impact on astronomy had been in his effect in other people’s research through discussion of the astronomical and technical problems and practical assistance with the later. He was one of the most devoted and perceptive physicists only satisfied with deep understanding of any concept and his interest increases with the strangeness or significance of the phenomenon. He was uninterested in mundane repetitions of other people’s work and searches for new breakthroughs.

It was not only in the field of astronomy that Prof. Radhakrishnan kept his mark but also in the designing and fabricating hang-gliders, micro-light aircraft and sailboats. His original contributions in these fields were acknowledged by the Government of India by way of support from the Aeronautics Research Development Board, Ministry of Defence (for designing hang-gliders) and ISRO (for sailboats).

He worked tirelessly in making the Raman Research Institute a world renowned center of excellence in astronomy research. The institute became well known due to his efforts to sustain a unique free and open working atmosphere with emphasis on fostering young talents in an informal and friendly setting and giving it all facilities and encouragement. He sought to lower barriers between theory and experiment, scientific and technical staff, between physicists and astronomers or staff members and students. This approach, unprecedented not only in the country but perhaps in the rest of the world as well, required his personal attention to every detail in the running of the institute. He was instrumental and closely involved with the construction of the 10.4 metre millimeter wave radio antenna in the Institutes which has been used to study various astrophysical phenomena producing original contributions in pulsar astronomy as well as recombination line studies of the interstellar medium.

He made important contributions in various other areas and was deep and profound in the human aspects of his personality. Deuterium abundance in the galaxy, Astrophysical Raman Masers, OH emission from clouds and later on building of the low frequency telescopes at Gauribidanur and Mauritius were some of the hallmarks of his career.

He was invited to deliver the prestigious Milne Lecture in Oxford in 1987, and also gave the extremely prestigious Jansky Lecture in 2000.Prof. Radhakrishnan’s contribution to science in general and astronomy in particular was exceptional. His observations and theoretical insights helped the community in unraveling many mysteries surrounding pulsars, interstellar clouds, galaxy structures and various other celestial bodies.AASTRO want to share our CONDOLENCES to his family and we realize we lost a great personality who avoided riding on his father C.V. Raman's fame.Professor Radhakrishnan is survived by his wife Francoise-Dominique and son Vivek Radhakrishnan.

ഈ മാസത്തെ ആകാശം _ 2011 മാര്‍ച്ച്

PLANET ROUND UP_MARCH 2011

MARS: Mars is lost in the solar glare!

URANUS: Very low in West. The planet will be on conjunction on 21st March.

JUPITER: Getting low in the Western sky and will be paired with Mercury from March 12 to March 20.

SATURN: Rises around 9:30 pm at the month’s beginning and well placed in the sky at the time of midnight. The planet will show 19 arc seconds wide disc during March.



 

VENUS: The brightest planet will be just 1 degree from the Moon on the morning of 1st March.It will be nicely paired with the Crescent Moon on the morning of 1stMarch and will be just 10’ apart from Neptune on the morning of 27th March.

NEPTUNE: Will emerge from the eastern morning sky by March 8. It will be very close to brilliant Venus on 27th March.

MERCURY: Will climb up in the Western evening sky around 8-9 March. The inner-most planet will be just 21’ from Uranus on the evening of 9th March but very low near the Western horizon. The planet will be paired with Jupiter during mid-March and will be at Greatest Elongation on 23rd March.

ASTRONOMY EVENTS FOR MARCH 2011

March 5: New Moon
March 5/6: A day for the Messier Marathon. Locate all the Messier Objects in one night!
March 7: A very thin Waxing Crescent Moon (6% illuminated) is 8.5 degrees NE of Jupiter, very low in the West Just after Sunset
March 11: A six days old Waxing Crescent Moon is just 4.5 degrees SE of Pleiades at the time of evening
March 13: First Quarter Moon
March 15: See Mercury and Jupiter just 2 degrees apart! The pair is very low in the West around 7:30pm




 


March 17: The Moon within 6 degrees of Regulus
March 19: Full Moon
March 20: See The Moon paired with Saturn in the East around 8:30pm. They are nearly 7.5 degrees apart.
March 21: Uranus Conjunction
March 21: See The Moon 5.5 degrees E-SE of Spica in the East before mid-night
March 23: Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation
March 25: The Moon within 6.5 degrees of Antares before dawn
March 26: Last Quarter Moon
March 27: Use telescopes to reveal tiny Neptune (mag 8) just 10’ from brilliant Venus in the Eastern sky before dawn!
March 31: A Waning Crescent Moon (11% illuminated) is just 5.5 degrees from Venus at the time of dawn





AASTRO Wayanad is all set for its Anniversary Mega Event

AASTRO Wayanad will celebrate its first anniversary with a whole day event on Saturday,5th March at W.M.O Arts & Science College,Muttil. A one day workshop on Astronomy is arranged where Prof.K.Pappootty,AASTRO President will be the chief guest and many other distinguished guests and resource persons will lead vivid sessions. The programme is jointly organised by the Department of Physics and AASTRO Wayanad Chapter.The college is completing its 15th year of existence too.

The workshop includes lectures on various topics ,presentations, introduction to astronomy softwares  and a star watching session.

Programme

Saturday,5th March 2011

Venue : Dept.of Physics,WMO College,Muttil,Wayanad

9.30 : Registration

10.00 : Inaugural Session

10.30 -11.45 : Talk on  'Isaac Newton’s contributions to Astronomy'

Speaker : Shri.D.S.Vaisakhan Thampi,NIIST(CSIR), Thiruvananthapuram

11.50-1.00 pm: Presentation : 'Milestones in the history of Astronomy'

Speaker : Shri.K.P.Aliyas,AASTRO Wayanad

1.00 - 1.45 :  Lunch break

2.00 - 4.00 : Lecture on 'Universe;Its Origin and Evolution'

Speaker : Prof.K.Pappootty, President, AASTRO Kerala

4.00 - 4.30 : Tea break

4.30 - 6.30: 'Sky mapping Techniques'

Speaker : Shri.Gopakumar, AASTRO Wayanad

6.30-7.30: Presentation on 'Sky mapping softwares'

Speaker : Shri.K.T.Sreevalsan, KSSP

7.30-8.30: Star watching Session

Wayanad Chapter is one of the most active district fractions of AASTRO.They had regular monthly gatherings, study classes on subjects like history of astronomy, solar system, particle physics, sky mapping etc so far.The members conduct astronomy classes, sky mapping programmes wherever they are invited.A report on its activities also will be presented.

The Department of physics in WMO College was established along with the inception of the college in 1995 offering graduate programme. In 2002 it was upgraded as a post graduate department . Now they are pioneering successfully with many of their off springs getting migrated to several National institutes and Research laboratories.Principal,Head of the Department and other college authorities will take part in the function.

Astronomy enthusiasts, students, school teachers and others are invited for the programme. One can register their name prior to the event too. Details are available with AASTRO Wayanad team.Contact nos: 9446176826;9447797115;9447546217