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Saturday, 30 September 2006 11:06

Oldest of all sciences, many times astronomy is also called as 'mother of all sciences'. Throughout of its modern history, astronomy remained liveliest as new discoveries are always popping almost every week. In the last fifty years, several branches of astronomy developed into full-fledged disciplines. The scope of studying astronomy is continuously widening. In India also, recently several new institutions, observatories are being opened up. India is sending a spaceship  'Chandrayaan' on moon and an 'Astrosat' in space.
Indian students are doing well in astronomy competitions such as 'International Astronomy Olympiad'.
Considering this, several job opportunities will be created. Keeping this in view 'Khagol Mandal' is organising several programmes for students. Some of the programmes are given below: - 

One-day Crash Course  (Rs. 200/-)
Duration: 5 hrs.+  Eligibility : 8th standard and above
Participants: min. 30     max .50
 Earth-Moon: Tides; Eclipses; Meteors; Comets
 Planets: Structure & Planetary System; Important Characteristics;
 Stars: Distance; Magnitude; Luminosity; Color; Temperature; Birth of Stars; Death of stars; Types of stars; Black Hole.
Universe: Milky way galaxy; Types of galaxies; Local group of galaxies, Cluster of galaxies; Steady State Theory; Big Bang Theory.
Telescopes: Invention of telescope; Galilean - Retractor telescopes; Newtonian-Reflector telescope;

Two-day Crash Course  (Rs. 350/-)
Duration: 2 days. (4hrs + each day) 
Eligibility: 8th std. & above.
Participants: min. 30     max .50
Day 1: -
Earth-Moon System & Planets: Phases & Moon; Tides; Eclipses; Structure of Planetary System; Planetary Configurations; Comets; Meteors.
Stars: Types of stars; H-R diagram; Distance; Magnitude; Brightness; Luminosity; Color; Temperature
Stars: Birth of star; Sun-like star; Red Giants; White Dwarfs; Red Supergiants; Supernovae; Neutron Stars; Black Holes.
Day 2: -
Universe: Homogeneity; Isotropy; Temperature of Universe; Expansion of Universe; Flatness;
Universe: Steady State Theory; Big Bang Theory; Birth of Universe; First Three Minutes.
Telescopes: Types of Telescopes; Principles of Telescope; F-ratio; Magnification; Mounts; Co-ordinate system.

Basic Course    (10 days / Rs. 500/-)
Participants: min. 30     max .50
History of Astronomy: Ancient, medieval and modern Indian astronomy, Egyptian and other cultures, Greek astronomy, Renaissance, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Law of gravitation, Kepler's laws, Einstein, Hubble.
Earth-Moon System: Phases of Moon; Eclipses; Seasons; Precession; Blue sky, Red sun; Meteor showers;
Planetary Configurations: Inner planet; Outer planets; Inferior conjunction; Superior conjunction; Maximum elongation; Conjunction; Opposition; Direct motion; Retrograde motion; Transit; Occultation; Grazing;
Characteristics of stars: Types of stars; H-R diagram; Distance; Magnitude; Brightness; Luminosity; Color; Temperature; Mass; Age.
Evolution of Stars: Sun-like stars; Birth of stars; Hydrogen burning; Helium burning; Red giant; Planetary Nebula; White dwarf; Massive stars; Synthesis of  other elements; Supernova; Neutron stars; Pulsar; Black Hole.
Galaxies: Milky way galaxy; Expanse of Milky way; Structure; Size; Mass; Satellites of Milky way; Local Group; Cluster; Super cluster; Sheets & walls; Voids; Large scale universe; Rotation of Milky way; Dark Matter.
Properties of Universe: Expansion; Acceleration; Homogeneity; Isotropy of Universe; Flatness of Universe; Temperature of Universe; Background Radiation.
Evolution of Universe: Lamitre's theory; Gamow's theory and prediction; steady State theory; Big Bang theory;
First Three Minutes; Acceleration Universe; Dark Energy; Death of Universe
Telescopes: Types of Telescopes; Principles; Chromatic aberration; Spherical aberration; F-ratio; Magnification; Resolving power; Eyepieces; Mounts; Co-ordinate sys.

One-day Camp at Umbaroli   (Rs. 225/-)
Participants: min. 50     max 100
(With dinner and lodging)
6 pm:  Sunspot observation
             Introduction to telescopes
7 pm:  Introduction to sky observation; 1st session of sky watching
8.30 to 9.00 pm: Telescopic observations
9.00 to 10 pm: Dinner
10.00 to 11.00 pm: Sky watching: 2nd session
11.00 to 11.30 pm: Telescopic observations
11.30 to 11.45 pm: PowerPoint presentation
11.45 to 12.30 pm: Question & Answers
12.30 to 7.30 am: Rest
7.30 to 8.30 am: Coffee / Tea