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Well, consolidating our impassioned (even if hoarse and sore by now :-) voice crying out for a formal usage of the Jantar Mantar observatories as teaching laboratories of basic positional astronomy, by colleges and universities, is this article which has appeared in the UNESCO World Heritage Review special issue for the International Year of Astronomy, here.

The complete pdfversion of this article is here

Student measurement of sector lengths of the Ram Yantra of the Delhi Observatory, in progress

The planetarium has been consistently looking for, and encouraging amateur astronomers towards looking for possibilities of obtaining some quantitative science out of their very admirable imaging skills with DSLR and other amateur imaging devices.

The one thought behind this, being that even with any likely degradation in quality of data due to the non usage of cooled CCD as imaging devices, any quantitative science that can be obtained with amateur devices would yet be a very rewarding learning process. One such attempt that was very successfully completed was that of looking at the dimming of the Moon during a penumbral lunar eclipse using just webcast quality images of the Moon. The article written by Anurag Garg from the Nehru Planetarium, in Resonance, is here.

A penumbral lunar eclipse watch in progress at the planetarium, in collaboration with S.P.A.C.E.

And back to Planetarian India Newsletter March 2010

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