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Pune Astronomy Fortnight

The Pune Astronomy Fortnight is a city-wide celebration of astronomy, aimed at both the students and the public, and is coordinated by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune. As a prelude to the annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of India (to be hosted later in Feb), special sessions in schools and a series of public events are being organised to share the excitement of astronomy with everyone.

All the events listed below and free and open to the public.

Pune Astronomy Fortnight

 

Public Talk

 

Title : "50 years of radio astronomy in India and way forward"

When : 14th Feb 2015, 6.30 pm - 8 pm

Where : College of Engineering Pune (COEP) Auditorium

Programme :

  • 6.30 pm : Introduction to "Pune Astronomy Fortnight"
  • 6.40 pm : Prof. Govind Swarup, "History of radio astronomy in India"
  • 7.00 pm : Prof. Jayaram Chengalur,  "What is radio astrophysics ?"
  • 7.20 pm : Prof. Yashwant Gupta, "The GMRT, its upgrade and the SKA"
  • 7.40 pm : Question and answer session of the panel with the audience on "Career opportunities in astronomy research"

 

Public Poster Exhibitions

There will be six exhibitions across the city of a set of posters on Astronomy, the radio sky and telescopes of the future. Those at IISER, Fergusson College and CEOP are in English, whereas the other three are in English and Marathi. The schedule for the exhibitions is :

1. IISER-Pune, Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan

7 February, Saturday, 2 - 6 pm

2. Kamla Nehru Park, near Bhandarkar Road, Erandwane

8 February, Sunday, 4 - 8.30 pm

3.  Pimpri Chinchwad Science Centre, Opp. Auto Cluster. Morwadi, Chinchwad (ph : 32428687)

8 to 14 February, 10 am - 5 pm

4. Fergusson College, Deccan

13 & 14 February, Friday & Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm

5. Bhakti Shakti Chowk, Old Mumbai Pune Highway, Nigdi

13 & 14 February, Friday & Saturday, 6 - 9 pm

6. College of Engineering Pune (COEP)

14 February, Saturday, 11 am - 5.30 pm (following which is the public talk)

 

Night Sky Watch with Telescope

 

1. 7th Feb, 7-10 pm at Kesari Wada, Narayanpeth, to observe Jupiter at opposition (organised by Jyothirvidya Parisanstha)

2. 7th Feb, 8-10 pm, at Winning Edge Tennis Academy, Dagde Patil Sankul Road, Behind Banjara Hills, Chandani Chowk to observe Jupiter (by Astron, 8806107510, 9850204098)

3. 11th Feb, 8-10 pm, at Winning Edge Tennis Academy, Dagde Patil Sankul Road, Behind Banjara Hills, Chandani Chowk to observe Jupiter (by Astron, 8806107510, 9850204098)

4. 15th Feb, 7-10 pm at central cricket grounds, IISER-Pune, Homi Bhabha Road,Pashan (organised by Aakashganga of IISER-Pune)

5. 13th & 14th Feb, 6-9 pm at Bhakti Shakti Chowk, Nigdi (organised by Khagol Vishwa)

 

The Pune Astronomy Fortnight is being organised by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics along with Jyotirvidya Parisanstha, Khagol Vishwa,  astronomy club of College of Engineering Pune, astronomy club of Fergusson College, astronomy club of IISER-Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad Science Centre, PMC and PCMC

 

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