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Pro Am Meeting December 2011

Across the Universe

Some random walks in professional and amateur astronomy

A meeting supported by the Astronomical Society of India

Star trails against the Himalayan Chandra Telescope dome at Hanle, taken by amateur astronomer Ajay Talwar

Scientific Organising Committee

  • Prof. Jasjeet Singh Bagla, IISER, Mohali
  • Prof. C. S. Shukre, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore
  • Dr. Aniket Sule, Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, Mumbai
  • Dr. N. Rathnasree, Nehru Planetarium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi
  • Dr. Debi Prasad Duari, M.P. Birla Planetarium, Kolkata
  • Arvind Paranjpaye, Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune and Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai

Local Organising Committee

  • Dr. N. Rathnasree, Nehru Planetarium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi
  • M. K. Jain, Nehru Planetarium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi
  • O.P. Gupta, Nehru Planetarium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi
  • Pritpal Kaur, Amateur Astronomers Association, New Delhi
  • Ajay Talwar, Amateur Astronomers Association, New Delhi
  • Chander Bhushan Devgun, SPACE

Proposed dates for the meeting 26th and 27th of December

26th of December

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Inauguration

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM - Planetary Astronomy by Prof. J. N. Goswami

11:40 AM - 12:30 PM - Stellar Astronomy - a co-ordinated sky theater experience with discussions by Rathnasree and B. S. Shylaja

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Galaxies and Beyond by Prof. Jasjeet Singh Bagla


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Amateur astrophotography : Imaging planets and deep sky objects - by Ajay Talwar and Dr. Suresh Mohan with inputs by other skilled amateur astrophotographers.

3:30 PM - 4:50 PM - Hunting for Asteroids : Vishnu Reddy through skype session, Mila Mitra from SPACE and student asteroid hunters


5:00 PM - 5:30 PM - A sky theater discussion of positional astronomy using Jantar Mantar observatory instruments

An evening program of night time positional astronomy observations using the Jantar Mantar observatory instruments

27th of December

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - The Radio Universe and amateur possibilities by Avinash Deshpande, RRI and/or Joydeep Bagchi, IUCAA


11:00 AM - 11:40 AM - Asteroid and Lunar occultation studies in Indian amateur astronomy

11:40 AM - 1:00 PM - Regional amateur astronomy activities - a panel of active amateur astronomers from across the country

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Co-ordinated (Planetarian/Amateur astronomer/Student) observing/analysis projects - Panel discussion Arvind Paranjpye/B. S. Shylaja/N. Rathnasree/Debi Prasad Duari/Aniket Sule/


3:00 PM - 3:40 PM - Exoplanet studies through amateur astrophotography - Anthony Ayomamitis, Greek Amateur astronomer (Skype Session)

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM - Comets


4:40 PM - 5:30 PM - Valedictory

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