Mumbai prepares for Global Astronomy Month 2014

Sunday, 6 April 2014 - 8:18pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Gearing for Global Astronomy Month? Check out the astronomy action around the world and in Mumbai with Pooja Bhula
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Astronomers Without Borders, based in the US, organises Global Astronomy Month in April every year to bring together enthusiasts from across the globe and share new ideas and opportunites. This year's schedule boasts over 20 events. There's a photography contest (last year's winning photos were widely broadcast by National Geographic, Sky and Telescope, Huffington Post, NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day and others), a poetry contest, a special asteroid search campaign–students get to make original discoveries, a Global Star Party, a Cosmic Concert by an Italian pianist and even a live audio-visual transmission performance between the earth and the moon–radio signals will be used to send images to the moon and these signals will bounce off the moon and return to earth to be picked up by the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope. Moon-bounced images will be presented in real time. For the detailed schedule visit: www.astronomerswithoutborders.org.

Astronomy on the sidewalk
If you plan to stroll on the sidewalks of Nariman Point, Worli Seaface, Shivaji Park, Dadar, Carter Road in Mumbai or a few locations in Thane, you can do much more than just walking. Keeping with the spirit of Global Astronomy Month several amateur astronomers, who have built their telescopes at Nehru Planetarium, plan to lend them to passers-by to view the treasures of the sky from 7 pm to 9 pm. Detailed information and updates are available on their Facebook Page: Sidewalk Astronomy Mumbai.

Evening Sky Show
On all the weekends of April, you can have a heavenly time with celestial bodies. Nehru Planetarium plans to run free sky observation sessions, between 7 pm and 8.30 pm, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday; you can expect to see the moon, Jupiter and more, interact with astronomy buffs and query with the planetarium's staff too.

Also read about the myths and missions man came up with whilst discovering life on Mars and find out the best time to view the crimson planet this month, go to http://dnai.in/c9ce




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