I would like to
share with everyone the achievements of the Bangalore Astronomical Society (BAS) during the Galilean Nights IYA
project through sidewalk astronomy in Bangalore.
As part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone Project, Galilean Nights,
BAS organized 30 nonstop sidewalk astronomy nights, events held at various places in Bangalore during the month of October.
The Volunteers of BAS set the telescopes on the streets in most areas of Bangalore, pointing the wonders that Italian astronomer
Galileo observed 400 years ago, The Moon and Jupiter.
On each and every of the thirty nights, BAS Volunteers
shared their knowledge and enthusiasm for space by encouraging more than 10,200 people to look through a telescope. Of course,
none of this would have been posible without the BAS Volunteers (list below) giving up their time and sharing their telescopes.
The Teamwork, Passion for Astronomy and Commitment for BAS was evident !
This resulted in hundreds of people being
able to look at the Moon and Jupiter through a telescope every single night and most were amazed
at the view of their Universe. Everyone enjoyed the experience, for most of the people it was the first time seeing Jupiter
through a telescope.
This event has been a great experience for every volunteer in learning the skills of planning,
organizing, presenting and facing the general public
Dates : 2nd Oct 2009 till 31st Oct 2009 !
Number of days : 30 Consecutive Sidewalk Astronomy Nights ( as part of Galilean Nights, IYA 2009 Activities )
of People count seeing through the telescope : 10227
Total Telescope hours : 128.58 Hours !
Total number of unique
places : 39 areas in Bangalore City
Total Volunteers : 33
Telescope types and sizes : 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 14 inch scopes
( details below )
Age group covered : 3 years to 85 years !
New memberships during the event : about 100
Event Requests : about 30
Photos are shared here : http://picasaweb.google.co.in/bangaloreastronomicalsociety
The 30 days non stop Sidewalk
Astronomy celebrations by the voluntary group, the Bangalore Astronomical Society, seems relatively unique in the way purely
voluntary efforts by a group of city based amateur astronomers spread telescope viewing to so many corners of the city in
a sustained month long effort.
The activity speaks volumes for the love that the volunteers have for astronomy, and their
zeal to share this love, their knowledge, and skills, with everyone they come across on the streets.
Rathnasree, Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi,
Media coverage :
1. DNA India (Bangalore) Sunday, September 27, 2009
2. Deccan Chronicle, September 23rd, 2009
3. Citizen Matters, 13 Oct 2009
4. Citizen Matters, 10Oct 2009
5. Prajavani Kannada Daily, 26 oct 2009
6. Sidewalk Astronomers Newsletters
2 inch Refractor
3 inch Refractor
3 inch Refractor
inch Reflector Alt Atz mount
4 inch Reflector Alt Atz mount
4 inch Reflector Equ mount
inch Reflector Dob mount
6 inch Reflector Dob mount
6 inch Reflector Equ Mount
inch Reflector Equ Mount
8 inch Reflector Equ Mount
14 inch LX200- Meade GOTO
Jayadeva Flyover, JP Nagar
palya Park, Malleshwaram
Shopper's Stop, Bannerghatta Road, J.P Nagar 3rd Phase
Planetarium - Know
Purva Riverea, Marathalli
J P Nagar 2nd phase - Dhanavantari park
Ground, Jayanagar 5th Blk
Sahakaranagar main road.
Ram Madir Ground
P&T colony, Near R T Nagar
Layout (Udupi Garden junction)
J P Nagar 2nd Phase
RR Nagar complex area
Lalbagh / Galilean Nights
Aditi International School
Sampige Park, Malleshwaram
Nagar park, beside Police Station
Pavitra College, Yeshwanthpuram
Near Kadambas Hotel, opposite Maruthi Mandir, Vijayanagar
amrrita school of engineering
Volunteer Participated :
Sunil G R.
Gautham G Amberkar
Finally, I would like to congratulate all
the volunteers for making this first-of-it's-kind event a HUHE success and setting these records for outreach. Your
time, efforts, and passion for astronomy are highly appreciated!