Focus group on Astronomy Experiments

The previous newsletter had carried an announcement of an upcoming workshop on “Developing astronomy-themed experiments for Colleges/Universities at UG/PG”, organised by IUCAA and us in June next year. In order to prepare for this workshop, we have formed a focus group of a few astronomers and physics teachers from across the country. This focus group… Read more Focus group on Astronomy Experiments

From the Editor’s desk

We started our journey last equinox, and, judging from the number of subscribers so far, the response has been very encouraging. In the meantime, there have been exciting news from the frontiers of gravitational wave astronomy and X-ray astronomy, in which astronomers from India have played crucial roles. In this issue, we have introduced a… Read more From the Editor’s desk

POEC news

This quarter, the POEC has been mainly involved in planning various outreach events for 2018, and facilitating requests for help, networks etc from various groups in the country. AstroSat Picture of the Month (APOM) APOM has proven to be very popular with the school and college students since its inception. Three of them have already… Read more POEC news

Outreach Events Around the Country — September-November 2017

Aryabhatta Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital: There was a one day Programme on Public Outreach Day as a precursor activity of the  the India International Science Festival-2017  at ARIES premises on  11 Sep, 2017. Approximately 75 Students of Govt. Inter College of Nainital participated in this programme. ARIES participated by putting up a stall of… Read more Outreach Events Around the Country — September-November 2017

Some Interesting Astronomical Events for the Naked Eye During Jan – March 2018

For a monthly sky map please head here. The first trimester of 2018 begins with a full moon on Jan 2nd . It is also the supermoon, a popular and relatively new term to indicate that the full moon phase nearly coincides with lunar Perigee (i.e., when the moon is closest to the earth). On… Read more Some Interesting Astronomical Events for the Naked Eye During Jan – March 2018

How to Trace a Celestial Lighthouse Using a Block of Metal?

Indian astronomers announced on 6th November 2017 that they have “measured phase-resolved X-ray polarisation from the Crab pulsar using the CZT Imager on AstroSat”. Light is an electromagnetic wave, and one of its important characteristics is the direction in which the electric and magnetic fields oscillate. This is known as polarisation. Most of the light… Read more How to Trace a Celestial Lighthouse Using a Block of Metal?