P.G. Department of Physics, St Philomena College has organized a sky watch programme, “star gazing for cosmic feeling” on 23rd February 2017.
The participants had great time in learning about the various celestial bodies from one of the very best in the field. Prof. A.P. Bhat, H.O.D. of Physics, Poornaprajna College Udupi, was the resource person for the programme. He is also the convener of Poornaprajna Amateur Astronomer Club (PAAC). He is an expert and very well-known in conducting sky watch programme in the coastal region of Karnataka.
The programme was aimed to school and college students and public in and around of Puttur. The students from various educational institutes were present in the programme. Shri Gajanana English Medium High School, St Victors English Medium School, Mai De Deus Higher Primary School, Shri Ramakrishna High school, Sudana Residential School, Vivekananda Kannada Medium High school, St Philomena High school, DKZPU Higher Primary School Ekathadka, Vivekananda College Puttur, Government First Grade College Uppinangady, P.G. and U.G. Physics students of St Philomena College Puttur, along with parents, teachers and public about 250 to 300 people were witnessed the programme.
The Coordinator of P.G. Physics and convener of the programme Dr E Deepak D’Silva welcomed the dignitaries and participants. Dr A.P. Radhakrishna, H.O.D. of Physics introduced the resource person to the audience. The principal of the College, Prof. Leo Noronha was present on the occasion and he expressed his joy and hobby of sky watching. He said, “When we look at the magnificence and beauty of nature; we dissolve into it and thereby get rid of mundane headaches of life and gain incomparable peace of mind”.
The programme was started with the power point presentation by Dr A.P. Bhat, with his signature style of the narration. During His talk he explained all possible interest things about cosmology starting from nucleus to galaxies. His talk included various aspects of astronomy and astrophysics like, Evolution of Stars, Universe, Our earth, Solar system, Solar and lunar eclipses etc. Prof. A.P. Bhat motivated audience to develop ‘star gazing as a hobby’ and to observe the important and interesting events such as eclipse, full moon, planets, and nebulas.
Soon after the presentation programme, all the participants gathered at St Philomena Ground. There was a lot of enthusiasm among the students and participants to watch the stars and planets. Two ultra-modern telescopes were focused to the sky to observe celestial bodies. Dr A.P. Bhat started the sky watch programme in the college ground at 7 o’clock showing the position of planet Venus, then Mars, stars like Sirius, various constellations, identification of pole star, globular clusters etc. He also interacted with the participants and gave answer to their various queries.
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