One day National Workshop on Astrophysics

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One day national level workshop was organized by the Department of Physics, Center for P.G. Studies and research, St Philomena College, Puttur on 5th November 2016 funded by ISRO and Indian National Science Academy (INSA) on the topic, “Observational Astronomy and Data Analysis Technique”.

The programme was inaugurated by Prof. K.T. Paul, Department of Physics Christ University, Bangalore. The correspondent of the college Very Rev Fr Alfred J. Pinto was the president; Prof. Leo Noronha, Principal of the college was the chief guest. Dr A.P. Radhakrishna, H.O.D. of Physics; Dr Deepak Dsilva, Coordinator of the Physics and the convener of the workshop were present during the occasion.

In his keynote address Dr K.T. Paul said, “When we were kids used to ask many questions to know the things around us, as we grew up that quest of asking questions dries in us. To know the evolution of the universe, we must be curious about it. Though we are insignificant before magnificent universe, have the intellect to disclose the mysteries of it”.

“God has created the universe and gave the intelligence to mankind, using the intellect scientists studying the majesty of it”, president of the function said.

Chief Guest in his address expressed that, “Galileo invented the first telescope and declared that earth is round and revolving around the sun, for this truth he faced the wrath of the church because people were living in myth. After his breakthrough invention many developments took in the field around the world till date, but many other myths are still remaining in today’s generation also; regarding the cosmos”.

Dr A.P. Radhakrishna gave the introductory speech on astrophysics. Dr Deepak Dsilva welcomed the guest and the participants. Ms Chaitra performed the vote of thanks and Ms Joyline compered the ceremony.

In the second session of the workshop, Mr Krishnamohana A explored the topic “Analyzing the Gamma Ray Sky using FERMI Large Area telescope”. In his talk he said, Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope observes the cosmos using the highest-energy form of light and mapping the entire sky in every three hours.  He added that Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly GLAST, is opening high energy world to exploration and helping us to answer numerous exotic and beautiful phenomena of the world. He also explained the basic idea of Fermi LAT (Large Area Telescope) instrument its principle and its construction. He instructed the participants how to download the large data of NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope from the website. He said that, Fermi science tools are used to analyze both LAT (large area telescope) and GBM (Gamma-ray Burst Monitor). He demonstrated how to analyze Fermi data using FERMI Science Tools.

In the afternoon session Mrs Shruthi S Bhat from Christ University, Bangalore handled practical session on “Introduction to spectroscopic Data reduction using IRAF” and presented the tools of modern observational astronomy and astronomical resources on the web and also IRAF data reduction package in detail. The practical session mainly focused to teach the necessary IRAF commands including the reduction of stellar spectra and photometric observation with IRAF. She explained the basic needs of IRAF and said The Image Reduction and Analysis Facility (IRAF) has been in use in the astronomical community for many years now as a major tool for reducing and analyzing astronomical data in the optical wavelengths. IRAF is being used in the classroom setting as well as an instructional tool in the lab to teach the basics of observational astronomy.

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