Artist's Impression of Pluto Encounter

New Horizon keeps its date with Pluto

On July 14th about 17:19 hrs IST (11:49 UTC) NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft, after a sojourn that lasted more than nine and half months, will make its close encounter with Pluto. So far even with best of the telescopes Pluto and its companion Charon were merely just blobs of light, hiding their surface feature, if […]

Picture of the Young Clyde Tombaugh

Where the young rule the underworld

An 11 year old girl, well versed in classical mythology of ancient Rome and Greece, learned from her grandfather, of the discovery of a new planet. The 11 year old was Venetia Burney, and the year was 1930. Venetia Burney Phair at age 11 This new found “planet” had been elusive for decades, avoiding the […]

“Seeing the Invisible” workshop at JNP, Bengaluru

ANNOUNCEMENT Learn about – Hydrogen line and the history of Universe – How to detect radio waves from celestial bodies ? – How to ‘see’ hydrogen ? Radio Astronomy ushered in a new era in our understanding of the universe. In the last decades it has evolved in to an exciting field covering solar system […]

Workshop on Bhaskaracharya’s work

2014 is the 900th birth anniversary of Bhaskacharya, a brilliant mathematician and astronomer of ancient India. A one-day workshop on the scientific work of Bhaskaracharya is being organised by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium and the Astronomical Society of India. Venue : Auditorium, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Koramangala, Bengaluru Date : 17 […]

33rd meeting of the Astronomical Society of India to be held at NCRA, Pune

We are happy to announce that the 33rd meeting of the Astronomical Society of India will be held at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Pune, during February 17-20, 2015. Further details, including registration, abstract submission forms and accommodation can be found at ASI 2015 will […]

India to be a Partner in the Thirty Meter Telescope Project

On September 24, the Union Cabinet approved India’s participation in the project. The TMT is an optical and near-Infrared telescope with a primary mirror with an effective diameter of 30 meters. When ready around 2023, this will be the largest telescope of its kind in the world. It will enable astronomers to study the Universe […]

India Joins World’s Experts to Design the Largest Radio Telescope on Earth

India has formally initiated work towards the design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. This telescope is an international project, and will be co-located in radio quiet regions of South Africa and Australia. The SKA Project is now entering an era where the teams […]