ASTROSAT FAQ

Find FAQ in other languages and outreach resources here. 1. Why is ASTROSAT a multi-wavelength observatory ? Supposing we cannot touch a human body but are trying to understand what it is made of solely by looking at the radiation from it. The visible light will tell us about the skin, infrared about the temperature […]

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 […]

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 […]