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30 Days Non-Stop Astronomy Results! by Naveen Nanjundappa

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

Summary :

Dates : 2nd Oct 2009 till 31st Oct 2009 !
Total Number of days : 30 Consecutive Sidewalk Astronomy Nights ( as part of Galilean Nights, IYA 2009 Activities )
Total number 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
New Event Requests : about 30

Photos are shared here :

Testimonials :

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, India

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    



  1. 2 inch Refractor
  2. 3 inch Refractor
  3. 3 inch Refractor
  4. 4 inch Reflector Alt Atz mount
  5. 4 inch Reflector Alt Atz mount
  6. 4 inch Reflector Equ mount
  7. 6 inch Reflector Dob mount
  8. 6 inch Reflector Dob mount
  9. 6 inch Reflector Equ Mount
  10. 8 inch Reflector Equ Mount
  11. 8 inch Reflector Equ Mount
  12. 14 inch LX200- Meade GOTO

Places organized:

  1. Forum Mall
  2. Hebbal Kempapura
  3. Jayanagar
  4. Malleshwaram
  5. Sankey Tank Lake
  6. Hebbal Kempapura
  7. Devaiah Park
  8. Jayadeva Flyover, JP Nagar
  9. Mariyappana palya Park, Malleshwaram
  10. Shopper's Stop, Bannerghatta Road, J.P Nagar 3rd Phase
  11. Planetarium - Know your stars
  12. Purva Riverea, Marathalli
  13. J P Nagar 2nd phase - Dhanavantari park
  14. Shalini Ground, Jayanagar 5th Blk
  15. Sahakaranagar main road.
  16. R.T Nagar
  17. Ram Madir Ground - Rajajinagar
  18. Malleshwaram
  19. P&T colony, Near R T Nagar
  20. Hebbal Kempapura
  21. BTM Layout (Udupi Garden junction)
  22. J P Nagar 2nd Phase
  23. RR Nagar complex area
  24. IIAP Campus
  25. Lalbagh / Galilean Nights
  26. Aditi International School
  27. Sampige Park, Malleshwaram
  28. RajaRajeshwari Nagar park, beside Police Station
  29. Pavitra College, Yeshwanthpuram
  30. Vivekavardini School, Navrang.
  31. Near Kadambas Hotel, opposite Maruthi Mandir, Vijayanagar
  32. Adarsha College RT Nagar
  33. amrrita school of engineering
  34. Rajajinagar
  35. Sultanpalya
  36. Mantri
  37. Yelhanka
  38. Malleshwarm main road.
  39. Jayanagar

Volunteer Participated :

  1. Naveen Nanjundappa
  2. Vivek Y
  3. Achyut
  4. Viswakeerthy
  5. Keerthy kiran
  6. Suma rao
  7. Pravin S.
  8. Alex
  9. Ravi Babu
  10. Shwetha Sharma.
  11. Akaash
  12. Shyam,
  13. Shashank
  14. Sharanu
  15. Amar Sharma
  16. Aparna
  17. Madan
  18. Sunil G
  19. Sudarshan
  20. Parag Kulkarni,
  21. Sunil G R.
  22. Girish Kumar
  23. Gautham G Amberkar
  24. Akarsh
  25. Pavan K
  26. Utkarsh
  27. Narasimhamurthy
  28. Hari
  29. Inayath
  30. Shiva
  31. Saish
  32. Mohan Kumar
  33. Purushothama
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!