APOM has proven to be very popular with the school and college students since its inception. Three of them have already been published, and the fourth will be released on 28 Dec. These are posted on our website as well as on our social media. We are happy to note that these have been much… Read more AstroSat Picture of the Month
As a part of the ASI 2017 in Jaipur earlier this year, we had organised a number of education and outreach events in Rajasthan over the period of a few weeks. One of these events was the ‘Rajasthan Astrophotography Contest’. We received fantastic entries that were judged by Ajay Talwar and Rakesh Rao, and the… Read more Rajasthan Photography Contest 2017 Prizes
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
Zero Shadow Day 2018 We had launched a pilot program earlier this year to facilitate the celebration of Zero Shadow Day in schools across the country where it is visible. We had created resource material, organised two regional training workshops, and supported the programs conducted by local science popularisation groups in almost a 100 locations… Read more UPCOMING POEC CAMPAIGNS
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
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
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
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
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?
This activity is aimed at making children understand the meaning of elliptical orbits.