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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:26 am 
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Winter camp for students at planetarium

Inaugurating this year's winter student camp at the Anna Science Centre-Planetarium here on Thursday, S. Ruban Raj, head, Mathematics Department, St. Joseph's College, addressed over 90 students from the middle school level.

He touched upon the achievements of NASA's Kepler space telescope in identifying more than 700 exo planets. “The Habitable Exo planets Catalogue ranks the habitability of planets according to three criteria: their surface temperature, similarity to Earth, and capacity to sustain organisms at the bottom of the food chain,” he said.

The students, belonging to over 40 different schools, were briefed on Kepler's latest finding- a planet most earth-like in its size. The planet, which has been named Kepler 22-b is about 600 light years away from our solar system and orbits its own star in the zone that scientists term habitable. “Kepler 22-b, is about 2.4 times the size of Earth and lies in the so-called "Goldilocks zone".

It has a relatively comfortable surface temperature of about 22{+o}C (72{+o}F) though scientists are yet to determine its composition,” said Mr. Ruban Mr. Ruban also informed students about a rare event that 2012 would be witnessing. “The first of a pair of transits of the planet Venus (in the beginning of the 21{+s}{+t}century) has already taken place on June 8, 2004, and the next occurrence will be on June 6, 2012. After 2012, the subsequent transists of Venus have been calculated to occur in December, 2117 and December, 2125,” he said.

Counting four eclipses set to transpire in the coming year, he said the annual solar eclipse would occur on May 20, a partial lunar eclipse would occur on June 4. On November 13 and November 28 there would be a total solar eclipse and a penumbral lunar eclipse respectively.

Slated to take place over three days between December 29 and 31, the camp will see speakers from various colleges in the district, experts in yoga, electronics and origami.

Some of the topics that will be addressed include observational astronomy, history of mathematics, practical electronics, introduction to robotics, science and magic and origami among others. Also on the agenda are practical demonstrations of scientific experiments, a visit to the Planetarium's 3D Science Centre and a session on yoga and motivational science.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:13 am 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:50 am 
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Spectacle keeps sky gazers spellbound

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The total lunar eclipse, the last one of the year, presented a rare celestial event for the people of the central districts.

Exactly at 6.15 p.m. the full moon slowly started entering the shadow of the earth and at 7.35 p.m. the moon was totally inside umbra shadow.

The moon remained in the umbra shadow band till 8.28 p.m. Later the moon slowly started coming out, and at 9.48 p.m. it was totally out of the shadow and brightly lit moon was seen.

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The lunar eclipse was well visible even with the naked eyes, said T. M. Alarigi Swamy Raju, Project Director (in-charge), Anna Science Centre – Planetarium here.

The Planetarium had made special arrangements for the viewing of the celestial spectacle for the benefit of the sky gazers. A large number of men, women and school and college students, viewed the event through the three telescopes – two celestron and one skywatch telescopes, which were placed at vantage points in the planetarium campus.

With the help of one celestron telescope people were able to view the Jupiter clearly. Other two were used for observing the moon and phenomena of eclipse. Through an audio video presentation on solar system Dr. Alagiri Swamy Raju, J. R. Palaniswamy, Senior Scientific Assistant, R. Akilan, Planetarium Engineer, S. Jayapal, Scientific Assistant, explained the lunar cycle and happening of the lunar eclipse to the visitors on the occasion. An Edusat camera was focussed towards the moon since evening. It was connected to the LCD projector, which projected the image of the moon as it is seen, minute after minute, on the giant screen much to the delight of the onlookers.


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Spectacle keeps sky gazers spellbound

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The total lunar eclipse, the last one of the year, presented a rare celestial event for the people of the central districts.

Exactly at 6.15 p.m. the full moon slowly started entering the shadow of the earth and at 7.35 p.m. the moon was totally inside umbra shadow.

The moon remained in the umbra shadow band till 8.28 p.m. Later the moon slowly started coming out, and at 9.48 p.m. it was totally out of the shadow and brightly lit moon was seen.

Naked eye

The lunar eclipse was well visible even with the naked eyes, said T. M. Alarigi Swamy Raju, Project Director (in-charge), Anna Science Centre – Planetarium here.

The Planetarium had made special arrangements for the viewing of the celestial spectacle for the benefit of the sky gazers. A large number of men, women and school and college students, viewed the event through the three telescopes – two celestron and one skywatch telescopes, which were placed at vantage points in the planetarium campus.

With the help of one celestron telescope people were able to view the Jupiter clearly. Other two were used for observing the moon and phenomena of eclipse. Through an audio video presentation on solar system Dr. Alagiri Swamy Raju, J. R. Palaniswamy, Senior Scientific Assistant, R. Akilan, Planetarium Engineer, S. Jayapal, Scientific Assistant, explained the lunar cycle and happening of the lunar eclipse to the visitors on the occasion. An Edusat camera was focussed towards the moon since evening. It was connected to the LCD projector, which projected the image of the moon as it is seen, minute after minute, on the giant screen much to the delight of the onlookers.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:43 am 
Arrangements to view lunar eclipse

Anna Science Centre–Planetarium would make arrangements on its campus for the public to view the total lunar eclipse through telescope subject to sky condition on December 10. The eclipse will start at 6.15 p.m. and end at 9.48 p.m. There is no entry fee.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:53 am 
Tiruchiites get a glimpse of Jupiter

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Scores of enthusiastic children, youth and adults queued up at the Anna Science Centre Planetarium to catch a closer glimpse of the celestial phenomenon, ‘Jupiter Opposition,' here on Friday.

Though the sky remained overcast for most part of the day, the clouds gave way in time to enable the visitors to have a clear view of the planet, which appeared bright on the Eastern sky.

The planetarium had arranged for a sky observation programme with the public being provided an opportunity to view Jupiter through two telescopes.

Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, comes opposite to the Sun once in 398.9 days due to the movements of the Earth and the planet around the Sun.

This, termed ‘opposition of Jupiter,' is an advantageous time to observe the planet.

It is in this configuration that planet makes its closest approach to the Earth; it is fully illuminated by the Sun and as a result appear the largest and brightest. Such an opposition took place on Friday.

During the opposition, the apparent angular size of Jupiter grows to 48.56 arc-seconds (one arc second is 1/3600 {+t} {+h} of a degree) as the distance between the Earth and the planet (Jupiter) reduces to 59.3 crore kilometre. The distance between the Earth and Jupiter will be about 93 crore km, at its most distant point.

Earth based telescopes can record Jupiter best when the planet is at opposition, according to R.Akilan, Planetarium Engineer, Anna Science Centre, who supervised the arrangements. The next Opposition of Jupiter will occur on December 3, 2012. Last year, the event occurred on September 21, 2010.

The sky observation programme would be held at the Planetarium on Saturday also, between 6.30 and 8.30 p.m.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:05 am 
Sky observation programme

The Anna Science Centre Planetarium will organise a special sky observation programme for the public to view the celestial phenomenon, ‘Jupiter Opposition' on Friday and Saturday.

Due to the movements of the Earth and the planet Jupiter around the Sun, Jupiter comes opposite to the Sun once in 398.9 days. This is called ‘opposition of Jupiter.' The event will take place on Friday. This is an advantageous time to observe the planet. It is in this configuration that planet makes its closest approach to the Earth; it is fully illuminated by the Sun and as a result appear the largest and brightest, according to an official release from the Planetarium. The Planetarium has made arrangements for the public to view the event through telescope between 6.30 and 8.30 p.m. on both the days.


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Can some one give me the exact address of this planetarium and timings it is open for shows.


Contact details is available here http://tnstc.gov.in/anna-science-centre.html, you can contact them for exact timings.



YOU CAN SEE THE TIMINGS IN THE BELOW WEBSITE

http://tnstc.gov.in/visiting-timings.html


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:50 pm 
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Can some one give me the exact address of this planetarium and timings it is open for shows.


Contact details is available here http://tnstc.gov.in/anna-science-centre.html, you can contact them for exact timings.


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Can some one give me the exact address of this planetarium and timings it is open for shows.


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