Khagol Mandal visits Nandurbar(Maharashtra)
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 14:47

Sujata Babar showing night sky through telescope

On the eve of International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009, Khagol Mandal is arranging many popularization programmes. One such event was organized by Khagol Mandal for the aboriginals of Nandurbar in Maharashtra on 1st to 3rd May. 

Nandurbar was chosen as the programme location because of a special event i.e. a Total Solar Eclipse , which will be taking place on 22nd July 2009, totality event of which will be visible from Nandurbar.

A team of Khagol Mandal volunteers led by veteran member Sarang Oak, consisting of other team members viz. Milind and Sujata Babar, Milind Kale, Piyush Garud, Vikrant Kurmude, Rohan Kale successfully conducted this programme. Our treasurer Vishwanath Joshi was in supporting and encouraging role for the team.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2009 15:12
Star Party at Pune
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00
Khagol Mandal's Pune Study Group conducted  its second Overnight Star gazing program is on 18th April 2009 at Aryan School, Bhilarewadi, Katraj, Pune. The programme was attended by 90 persons. 
Program started with introduction of Telescope and Details by Prakash Nitsure.The Sky Obserbation sessions were conducted by Khago Mandal volunteers Pritesh Randive, Darshan Joshi and Anup Suralkar.

Sandesh Kulkarni conducted Slide-show on Total Solar Eclipse.

Sarang Oak, Pritesh Randive and Darshan Joshi handled Question-Answer session.

Rohan Kale, Sumedh Bhide, Sandesh Kulkarni, Pritesh Randive, Darshan Joshi, Anup Suralkar, Prakash Nitsure and Shailesh Sansare handled Telescopic Observation. 
Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2009 06:20
Largest Gamma Ray Burst in Carina
Friday, 20 February 2009 05:41
The US space agency's Fermi telescope has detected a massive explosion in space which scientists say is the biggest-ever gamma-ray burst.

The Fermi gamma-ray space telescope was developed by NASA in collaboration with the US Department of Energy and partners including academic institutions in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the United States.

The spectacular blast, which occurred in September in the Carina constellation, produced energies ranging from 3,000 to more than five billion times that of visible light. "Visible light has an energy range of between two and three electron volts and these were in the millions to billions of electron volts," astrophysicist Frank Reddy of US space agency NASA told AFP.

A team led by Jochen Greiner of Germany's Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics determined that the huge gamma-ray burst occurred 12.2 billion light years away.

The sun is eight light minutes from Earth, and Pluto is 12 light hours away.
Taking into account the huge distance from earth of the burst, scientists worked out that the blast was stronger than 9,000 supernovae -- powerful explosions that occur at the end of a star's lifetime -- and that the gas jets emitting the initial gamma rays moved at nearly the speed of light.
Astronomers believe gamma-ray bursts occur when stars run out of nuclear fuel and collapse.
They shine hundreds of times brighter than a typical supernova and about a million-trillion times as bright as earth's sun, NASA says on its website.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2009 05:42
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