അധ്യാപകര്‍ക്കായി ജ്യോതിശാസ്ത്ര ശില്പശാലകള്‍

 


ആസ്ട്രോ കോഴിക്കോട് ഘടകം ജില്ലയിലെ ശാസ്ത്ര അധ്യാപകര്‍ക്ക് വേണ്ടി വിവിധ ഇടങ്ങളില്‍ ജ്യോതിശാസ്ത്ര ശില്പശാലകള്‍ സംഘടിപ്പിച്ചു.

ആസ്ട്രോ കേരളയുടെയും കൊയിലാണ്ടി BRC യുടെയും ആഭിമുഖ്യത്തില്‍ 26 ജൂണ്‍ 26  നു  2011 ന്ന് പൂക്കാട് യു.പി.സ്കൂളില്‍ വെച്ച് കൊയിലാണ്ടി BRC ക്ക്
കീഴിലുള്ള 45 യു.പി.സ്കൂള്‍ അദ്ധ്യപകര്‍ക്ക് വേണ്ടി ജ്യോതിശാസ്ത്ര ശില്‍പശാല നടത്തി. ശില്‍പശാലയോടൊപ്പം ചാന്ദ്രദിന ആഘോഷങ്ങള്‍
സംഘടിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ ആസ്ട്രോ കേരള പ്രത്യേകം തയ്യാറാക്കിയ സി.ഡി യും വിതരണം ചെയ്തു. ശില്‍പശാല ആസ്ട്രോകേരള സംസ്ഥാന പ്രസിഡണ്ട് പ്രൊഫ. കെ. പാപ്പുട്ടി
ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചൊയ്തു. BRC ട്രെയ്നറും പരിഷത്ത് പ്രവര്‍ത്തകനുമായ കെ.ടി.ജോര്‍ജ് ആണ് പരിപാടികള്‍ക്ക് നേതൃത്വം നല്‍കിയത് .

 

ജൂലായ് 16 ന്‌ നടക്കാവ് ഗേള്‍സ് ഹയര്‍ സെക്കണ്ടറി സ്കൂളില്‍ വച്ച് നടന്ന മറ്റൊരു പരിപാടി 'നമ്മുടെ ആകാശം' എന്ന വിഷയത്തെ അടിസ്ഥാനമാക്കി ക്ളാസെടുത്തുകൊണ്ട് ആസ്ട്രോ സംസ്ഥാന പ്രസിഡണ്ട്   പ്രൊഫ. കെ പാപ്പുട്ടി ശില്‍പശാല ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്തു. തുടര്‍ന്ന് ടെലിസ്കോപ്പ് ഉപയോഗിക്കാനുള്ള പ്രായോഗിക പരിശീനവും ,സ്റ്റെല്ലേറിയം എന്ന സോഫ്റ്റ്‌ വെയര്‍ ആകാശ നിരീക്ഷണത്തിനായി  ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നതിന്നുള്ള പരിശീലനവും നടക്കുകയുണ്ടായി. പരിപാടിയില്‍ ജില്ലയില്‍ നിന്നുള്ള നാല്‍പതോളം അദ്ധ്യാപകര്‍  പങ്കെടുത്തു. ജില്ലാ നിര്‍വാഹക സമിതി അംഗം കെ.വിജയന്‍ സ്വാഗതവും അനീഷ് മണാശ്ശേരി നന്ദിയും പ്രകടിപ്പിച്ചു.

 
ചാന്ദ്ര ദിനവുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട ജില്ലയിലെ വിവിധ കേന്ദ്രങ്ങളില്‍ ആസ്ട്രോ പരിപാടികള്‍ സംഘടിപ്പിക്കുകയുണ്ടായി

 

 

Chaandradinam Celebration @ Thiruvananthapuram attracts big student mass

The Chaandradina Celebration named "Chandrolsavam" by AASTRO Thiruvananthapuram, in association with Sarva Siksha abhiyan(SSA) and KSSTM succeeded in attracting a big mass of students.

The program was conducted at the seminar hall of Priyadarshini Planetarium, PMG, Thiruvananthapuram. Shri. Arul Jerald Prakash, Director, Kerala Science and Technology Museum, formally inaugurated the event. In his inaugural speech, he said we are living in such an unscientific society where the validity of lunar landing is still suspected and so the growing students should develop a scientific temper.


It was followed by three lecture sessions. The first one was lead by Shri. Ramesh who talked on "While looking at the sky". He gave a brief outline of the various wonders of the sky and also of the relevance of the World Year of Chemistry. The next session named "Our Moon" was handled by Shri. Vaisakhan Thampi. He talked about the various aspects of our only natural satellite like its rise and set, phases, eclipses, how it looks like through a telescope and also how it will be on Moon. What followed was another interesting session by Dr. C. P. Aravindakshan named "The chemistry of Moon". He talked about the precious minerals on moon and other chemical aspects of moon in a lucid way to the children.

More than 250 people including school children, teachers and parents attended the session.

ആസ്ട്രോയുടെ സ്വന്തം ലോകോത്തര ആസ്ട്രോ ഫോട്ടോഗ്രാഫര്‍....!!

ആസ്ട്രോ ഫോട്ടോ ഗ്രാഫിയില്‍ ലോകം മുഴുവന്‍ ശ്രദ്ധിക്കുന്ന നേട്ടങ്ങള്‍ സ്വന്തമാക്കിയ ആസ്ട്രോ അംഗങ്ങളെ പരിചയപ്പെടാം.... ഗള്‍ഫ് വീക്ക്‌ലി  ലേഖനം :

 

EARTH AND MOON MAKE STARS OF SON AND DAD

Posted On » July 13 - 19, 2011 (Volume:10 / Issue 28)

Thanks to his image entitled ‘Half-Moon Terminator’ the 14-year-old’s award-winning effort taken from a rooftop in Umm Al Hassam has resulted in him being selected as one of the ‘50 favourite’ Canon photographers from around the world.

His celebrated photograph also won him ‘Young Astronomy Photographer 2010 – highly-commended’ in an international competition run by Royal Observatory, Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night magazine from London.

The picture has been published in this month’s special 50th edition of camera-maker Canon’s magazine PhotoPlus.



Carly Drew, staff writer at PhotoPlus, wrote in an email that although Jathin’s father and ace photographer, Premjith Narayanan’s photographs were also shortlisted, only Jathin’s was selected. She said: “The first of Jathin’s images that we looked at were his Formula One shots, so that was our initial choice, but having had a look at your website, we were presented with so many more options!

“As his moon shot had won an award and there was such a great story behind it, there really was no question that it had to go in.”



The moon was back on his mind too for the recent total lunar eclipse which had photographers across the island grabbing their cameras to capture images. The young photographer who is a Class 10 student at Asian School, Umm Al Hassam, attempted to capture the different facets of the moon during the event. This time he used a professional SLR camera that was mounted on an eight-inch Reflective Telescope manufactured by Celestron with an inbuilt GPS.

Sharing an exclusive photograph he captured during 100-minutes of skyward study, Jathin said: “This photo was taken through the telescope 10 minutes before the end of the eclipse. In this case the shadow was moving from left to right and that is the reason it is more illuminated on the left as it is nearing the border of the dark shadow.”

Guiding him in his work was his father Premjith, general manager of Alstom Middle East. He said: “It was just like the car rallies with combined driving by the driver and the navigator. Jathin in this case was the driver and I was simply giving him information from the laptop.

“So, it wasn’t just photography involved here ... it was a combination of many activities. A lot of knowledge about the eclipse is important. Related books and software are of great help. It helps you make your plans and be prepared confidently.

“In this totality period when the moon is dark, it occults (when one object is hidden by another object that passes between it and the observer) many stars which are located light years away. It’s a challenge to take the occultation photos as you need to give the correct exposures to get both the celestial objects clearly.

“As the telescope is tracking only the moon and not the star and there is relative movement of both the objects and in a short period you have to decide the correct camera exposures and get the right image. Jathin has managed to get some nice shots.”

Premjith is a passionate photographer who takes every opportunity he gets to concentrate on travel photography.

Among his latest achievements is the publication of his image - ‘Pelican in flight’, shot in Kenya, in last month’s edition of PhotoPlus under the category ‘Inspirations’ and entitled ‘Great Canon Photographers in Action’.

He said: “It’s an honour to be put in the same platform as professionals from around the world.”

The snap happy father-son duo is also in the process of launching their own sitewww.premjithnarayanan.com which will feature more than 3,000 of their photographs.

Source : http://www.gulfweekly.com/Articles.aspx?articleid=27315 , GULF Weekly,Baharin

ആസ്ട്രോ വയനാട് ഘടകം ചാന്ദ്ര ദിനാഘോഷം സംഘടിപ്പിക്കുന്നു.


ചാന്ദ്രദിനാഘോഷങ്ങളുടെ ഭാഗമായി ആസ്ട്രോ വയനാട് ഘടകം വിവിധ പ്രവര്‍ത്തങ്ങള്‍ സംഘടിപ്പിച്ചിരിക്കുകയാണ് .അന്താരാഷ്‌ട്ര രസതന്ത്ര വര്‍ഷം കൂടി ആചരിക്കുന്ന  വേളയില്‍  പ്രപഞ്ചത്തിന്‍റെ  രസതന്ത്രം എന്ന വിഷയത്തില്‍ ഊന്നി ജില്ലയിലെ  ഹൈസ്കൂള്‍ ഹയര്‍ സെക്കണ്ടറി വിദ്യാര്‍ഥികള്‍ക്കായി  ഏകദിന സെമിനാറും ക്വിസ് മത്സരവും  നടത്തും. കോസ്മിക് രസതന്ത്രം , ജ്യോതിശാസ്ത്രം, ബഹിരാകാശ ശാസ്ത്രം , പൊതു വിജ്ഞാനം തുടങ്ങിയ മേഖലകള്‍ കേന്ദ്രീകരിച്ചാകും സെമിനാര്‍ - ക്വിസ് പരിപാടികള്‍. ജൂലായ്‌ 21  നു  സ്കൂള്‍ തലത്തില്‍ നടത്തപ്പെടുന്ന മത്സരങ്ങളില്‍ വിജയികളാകുന്ന ടീമുകളെ  പങ്കെടുപ്പിച്ചാണ് ജില്ലാതല പരിപാടികള്‍   നടത്തുക.


ആഗസ്റ്റ് ആറിനു മാനന്തവാടി ഗവ.വോക്കെഷനല്‍ ഹയര്‍ സെക്കണ്ടറി സ്കൂളില്‍ വച്ചാണ് ജില്ലാ തല മത്സരങ്ങള്‍.കൂടുതല്‍ വിവരങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് ആസ്ട്രോ വയനാട് കോ ഓര്‍ഡിനേട്ടറെ ബന്ധപ്പെടാം. നമ്പര്‍ : 9447538614

India notches another space success



 

 

 

India notched another milestone in its space programme when it successfully launched a heavy-duty rocket,PSLV that placed a major communications satellite GSAT 12 in space.

 

A beaming Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Radhakrishnan told reporters after the launch that the mission was a success."It is a tricky mission. I am extremely happy to state that the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle)-C17 GSAT-12 mission is successful. The satellite was launched in the intended orbit," he said at the launch site @ Sriharikotta

// Economic Times //

 

 

Galileo documents to be shown for first time

Documents on the 17th century trial of Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei and and Britain's 16th century monarch King Henry XIII will now be exhibited outside the Vatican for the first time.

The exhibition marking the Vatican Secret Archive's 400th anniversary will showcase around 100 documents at Rome's Capitoline Museum from February next year.

The show titled 'Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed' will run till September.

'The inherent richness of this exhibition is amplified by the fact that it is being organised outside the Vatican, on the Capitol Hill which symbolically represents the heart of Rome and its relationship with the papal city down the centuries,' said Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Secretary Tarcisio Bertone.

The exhibit will include documents from World War II-era pontiff Pope Pius XII.

The archive was founded in the early 17th century and contains 84 km of shelves holding papal correspondence, state papers, books and records of ancient Christianity.

India to launch communication satellite on July 15th



India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will blast off July 15 evening carrying a communication satellite with transponders for communication and weather forceast services, the space agency said Thursday.
Preparations for the launch of GSAT-12 are progressing well at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, around 80 km from Chennai, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement Thursday.

The GSAT-12 satellite weighs 1,410 kg at lift-off has 12 extended c-band transponders - automatic receivers and transmitters for communication and broadcast of signals.

The satellite is expected to serve the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) sector, which transmits data like point of sale transactions or to provide satellite internet access and others.
ISRO said the satellite has undergone necessary tests at Sriharikota and it has been filled with propellants June 28.

GSAT-12 will be integrated with the rocket July 3 after the clearance from the Launch Authorisation Board.

According to ISRO, the four stages/engines of the rocket has been fully assembled and tests are being conducted to check the electrical systems.

As to the sequence prior to the launch, ISRO said the rocket loaded with the satellite will be moved to the second launch pad July 10.

On July 13, the 52.5 hour countdown for the launch is expected to start.

The actual lift of the rocket is expected to be between 4.48 pm and 5.08 pm July 15.

Though PSLV rockets are largely used by ISRO to launch remote sensing/earth observation satellites, it has also been used to put into orbit communication satellites in geo-transfer orbit (GTO).

According to ISRO officials, the PSLV rocket that will carry GSAT-12 will weigh over 300 tonne-higher than the standard PSLV rocket that weigh around 290 tonne at lift off.

Atlantis docks with space station one last time

Space shuttle Atlantis Sunday arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) for one final visit.

It docked at the station at 1507 GMT, space.com reported. The hatches between the shuttle and the station will be opened after the crews complete checking for any leaks between the seals, it said.

Atlantis was launched Friday from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Its four astronauts will be joined by six others currently working at the orbiting station.

The shuttle's 12-day mission is to deliver food and equipment. It is carrying a system called the Robotic Refuelling Mission, which will test methods to robotically refuel and repair satellites in orbit. The refuelling mission will be installed on the exterior of the station.



Shuttle commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley, and mission specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim plan to remain at the space station till July 18, when they are due to undock Atlantis and head home to Earth.

Thousands of people, including some who came to the Kennedy Space Centre three decades ago for the first launch, had gathered Friday to witness Atlantis' final mission.

Atlantis will be on display at the Kennedy Space Centre after it returns to Earth, ending the US' 30-year space shuttle programme. Other retired shuttle orbiters will also be displayed at various scientific institutions in the US.

സൂര്യനു ചുറ്റും നെപ്ട്യൂണ്‍ ഒന്നു കറങ്ങി വന്നു.....

ശാ­സ്ത്ര­ജ്ഞ­ന്മാ­രു­മാ­യി കണ്ടു­മു­ട്ടി­യ­തില്‍­പ്പി­ന്നെ ­നെ­പ്ട്യൂണ്‍ ഒന്നു­വ­ട്ടം­ചു­റ്റി­വ­ന്നു. സൂ­ര്യ­നെ­യാ­ണ് ആശാന്‍ ഇത്ര­യും കാ­ലം­കൊ­ണ്ടൊ­ന്നു വട്ടം­ചു­റ്റി­പ്പി­ടി­ച്ച­ത്. ഇത്ര­യും കാ­ല­മെ­ന്നു­പ­റ­ഞ്ഞാല്‍ അത്ര­യ­ധി­ക­മൊ­ന്നു­മി­ല്ല, വെ­റും 165 വര്‍­ഷം മാ­ത്രം. ഭൂ­മി­യൊ­ക്കെ 365 ദി­വ­സം­കൊ­ണ്ട് സൂ­ര്യ­നാ­രാ­യ­ണ­നെ ചു­റ്റോ­ടു­ചു­റ്റും കണ്ടു­വ­ന്ദി­ച്ചു­വ­രു­മ്പോ­ഴാ­ണ് നെ­പ്ട്യൂ­ണി­ന്റെ ഈ മെ­ല്ലെ­പ്പോ­ക്കു­സ­മ­ര­മെ­ന്നോര്‍­ക്കു­മ്പോ­ഴാ­ണ് വാര്‍­ത്ത­യി­ലെ കൗ­തു­കം പി­ടി­കി­ട്ടു­ക.



1846­ലാ­ണ് ശാ­സ്ത്ര­ലോ­ക­ത്തി­ന്റെ ദു­ര­ദൃ­ഷ്ടി­യില്‍ നെ­പ്ട്യൂണ്‍ ആദ്യ­മാ­യി പെ­ടു­ന്ന­ത്. സൗ­ര­യൂ­ഥ­ത്തി­ലെ എട്ടാ­മ­ത്തെ­യും ഇപ്പോ­ഴ­ത്തെ കണ­ക്ക­നു­സ­രി­ച്ച് അവ­സാ­ന­ത്തെ­യും ഗ്ര­ഹ­മാ­ണു നെ­പ്ട്യൂണ്‍. അന്നു കണ്ടു­മു­ട്ടിയ അതേ രേ­ഖാം­ശ­ത്തില്‍ ജൂ­ലാ­യ് പതി­മൂ­ന്നി­നാ­ണ്. അതാ­യ­ത് കണ്ട­തില്‍­പ്പി­ന്നെ­യു­ള്ള നെ­പ്ട്യൂ­ണി­ന്റെ ആദ്യ­ത്തെ ബര്‍­ത്ത്ഡേ­..!!

കടപ്പാട് : മലയാളം വെബ്‌ പോര്‍ട്ടല്‍

 

JULY 2011 PLANET ROUND UP



MERCURY: Is very low in the Western evening sky at the month’s beginning. Mercury will pass through The Beehive Cluster (M44) on 6th July, at 11:15 UST. Mercury is at Greatest Eastern Elongation on 20th July. During maximum elongation the planet will be 26 degrees 48’ and 44” from the Sun.

SATURN: Is in Virgo and is at Eastern Quadrature on 3rd July. Saturn starts the month being nearly half degree away from Porrima. It will keep moving far from the star and will be more than 2 degrees from the star in the end of July.

NEPTUNE: Is in Aquarius and shines at magnitude 7.85. The planet will remain 0.5 degree from the 5.4th magnitude star 38 Aquarii this month.

URANUS: Is in Pisces and shines at magnitude 5.8 showing its 3.5” wide disc.





JUPITER: Rises at around 2pm at the month’s beginning. Jupiter’s visual magnitude varies from -2.24 to -2.42 during the month.  Jupiter is just 4.5 degrees away from the Waning Crescent Moon on 24th July.

MARS: Can be observed low in the Eastern sky just before the beginning of morning twilight. The red planet shines at magnitude 1.38 during the month. Use binoculars to see Mars as a bright red dot near the rich star field of The Hyades Cluster.

VENUS: Is getting low in the Eastern Morning sky and becomes unobservable this whole month. Venus is at Superior Conjunction on 16th August.

ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS_JULY 2011




July 1: A partial solar eclipse will occur. This is the first solar eclipse of Saros cycle 156, only visible as a partial solar eclipse over a small area off the coast of Antarctica. At greatest eclipse, the magnitude will be just 0.097.

July 1: New Moon

July 3: Saturn Eastern Quadrature

July 8: First Quarter Moon

July 8: The First Quarter Moon within 5 degrees of Spica

July 15: Full Moon

July 20: Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation

July 23: Last Quarter Moon

July 24: A Waning Crescent Moon just 4.5 degrees of Jupiter in the Eastern Pre-dawn sky.

July 26: A Waning Crescent Moon within 5 degrees of Pleiades in the Eastern Pre-dawn sky.

July 26: Mercury and Regulus are just 2 deg 49’ apart low in the West just after sunset.

July 28: A Waning Crescent Moon (9% illuminated) is nearly 4.5 degrees of Mars in the East just before dawn.