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January 2010 Delhi

January 2010 began on a very interesting note, with the longest duration Annular Solar Eclipse of this century and millenium, which was seen as a partial eclipse at Delhi. A report of the Delhi planetarium activities in Delhi and in Thiruvananthapuram is here. Dont forget to walk through the Garden of eclipse pinhole images

Eclipse watch from the front lawns of the Teen Murti House, at Delhi

Amateur astronomer Ajay Talwar, carefully picked on a location at Varkala, after studying possible bead formation using Occult software that had incorporated new lunar limb measurements from the Kaguya satellite. He and some other members of the Amateur Atsronomers Association, Delhi, set up cap at Varkala a few days before the event and obtained indescribably wonderful results in terms of capturing Bailey's beads.

The groups of educators, amateur astronomers and students from S.P.A.C.E. also wove similar magic with the imaging of Baily's beads and many other activities related to the eclipse ceating quite a stir at Varkala. More about that here

A workshop had been conducted for various schools in Delhi, preparatory to the eclipse and then, the tempo really built up when an interaction with Prof. Jay Pasachoff with students, on the science and the joys of eclipse chasing, was organised by S.P.A.C.E. and the planetarium, at the auditorium of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, on the 11th of January. An after-the-eclipse meeting of student/educator eclipse chasers from S.P.A.C.E., at the planetarium, with Prof. Pasachoff, completed this very fruitful interaction.

The month of January ended on a very positive note with the visit to the planetarium by Martin George, Chair International relations, International Planetarium Society. We took Martin George on a detailed tour of the Jantar Mantar on his request and on our request he gave a very interesting talk on Grote Reber and the growth of Radio Astronomy, at the planetarium sky theatre on the 31st of January.

And back to Planetarian India Newsletter March 2010

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