Seeing is believing

The first detection of gravitational waves in 2015 was a landmark event. It was like being hit by a ripple in an ocean. But the source of the wave remained tentative. The recent simultaneous detection of a gravitational wave and its electromagnetic counterpart in different wavebands has, however, ushered in a new era. We have not only detected the ripple in ocean but also seen flashes of fireworks from the phenomenon that triggered the ripples. The promise of pursuing astronomical studies with the help of gravitational waves is not a pipe dream any longer.

A Message from the ASI President

The Public Outreach and education Committee (POEC) of the Astronomical Society of India (ASI), since its constitution three years back, has been making dedicated efforts in taking Astronomy to the general public, for example, by a variety of activities carried out during annual meetings of ASI. The enthusiastic response received from the general public, specially,… Read more A Message from the ASI President

Some Interesting Astronomical Events for the Naked Eye During Oct – Dec 2017

As this trimester begins, Jupiter and Saturn, two planets currently visible in the evening sky, and Venus, which is visible in the morning sky, are getting closer to the Sun. Jupiter is in conjunction with the Sun on 26th of October. A conjunction between two celestial bodies is when they appear very close to each… Read more Some Interesting Astronomical Events for the Naked Eye During Oct – Dec 2017

Corona During the Recent Total Solar Eclipse — Prediction Comes Out Right

Solar eclipses give us a space to view the spectacular corona, which is the extended atmosphere of the Sun. While the overall view of the corona can be spell binding, its detailed structure can tell astronomers much more about the Sun and its magnetic field. The coronal gas can act as a tracer of the… Read more Corona During the Recent Total Solar Eclipse — Prediction Comes Out Right

“Astronomy in the Valley” : A Report on our Work in Kashmir

The POEC organised a host of outreach and education activities in the valley of Kashmir for two weeks during the national ASI meeting hosted by the University of Kashmir in Srinagar in May 2016. This was a highly successful program, carried out in collaboration with a number of local stakeholders, and inspired similar Comprehensive Regional… Read more “Astronomy in the Valley” : A Report on our Work in Kashmir