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CELEBRATING 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TELESCOPE

CELEBRATING 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TELESCOPE

The Association of Friends of Astronomy, Goa, in collaboration with The Goa Science Center, is organising a host of activities to celebrate 400th anniversary of the telescope. Café has the details

After the telescope was invented in Italy by Galileo, in 1609, the first pair of telescopes to India were brought to Goa by a Jesuit priest, Fr Kirwitzer, in 1618. On the night of November 11, 1618, the first telescopic observation on Indian soil was carried at Rachol and Diwar. It is on record that comets too were discovered in Goa by these astronomers through their detailed observations. To commemorate this great anniversary in the history of Science, a state-wide program is being launched by The Association of Friends of Astronomy, Goa in collaboration with The Goa Science Center.
An Archeo astronomy trek to understand the Jesuit astronomy of Old Goa will be conducted by AFA President, Satish Nayak at 10:30am at the World Heritage Precinct, Old Goa, on November 11, 2018. It will be followed by an event at The Goa Science Center, Miramar, where RCKapoor, former Professor, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, will be talking on ‘400 years of telescope in India’ at 2:30pm.
On November 12, a talk on The Pole Star and basic sky observation will be conducted at 6:30pm at Vidyaprabodhini High School, Porvorim.
On November 13, at 7pm, an astronomy film screening will be held at The Public Astronomical Observatory, Junta House, Panjim.
On November 14, the reopening functions of the Panjim Observatory for the winter season will be held at Junta House and the Margao Observatory reopening will be held at Ravindra Bhavan,Margao, both at 7pm.
On November 15, an open air Beach Astro Quiz and sky observation program will be held at Miramar and Colva beaches, both at 7pm
On November 16, a talk and Sky Observation will be held at Saraswat Vidyalaya, Khorlim, Mapusa.
On November 17, Beach Astronomy sessions are being held at Calangute Beach and Baina Beach, Vasco both at 7pm.
On November 18, The closing program will be held at Ravindra Bhavan terrace, Baina, Vasco with a film screening and a sky observation.
All programmes are open to general public. For participating in the Old Goa walk and other event details, contact the Astronomical observatory in Panjim.

This article was published on Herald Cafe on 11 NOV 2018

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