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Planet Watching

In many ancient cultures throughout the world, the brightest objects in the sky have been portrayed as Gods. Which are of course, the sun, the moon, and earth's siblings of the solar system: the planets. Planets, though they only return the light of the sun, have lured our ancestors so much that they worshipped these shiny orbs in hope. They also saw no difference between the sun, the moon and the planets, that they referred to all these bodies collectively as 'planets', because all these moved through the skies. Read more

Moon Watching

The moon is an object of interest to everyone ranging from children to astronomers to space tourists. Being the only satellite of the Earth, the moon has a rich history since it formed about 4.5 billion years ago. While the moon is larger than Pluto, it has an average density of about three times that of water. It is a rocky world with a heterogeneous terrain consisting of mountains, volcanoes, and large craters. Most of the surface of moon is covered with a layer of soft soil formed from pulverised rock material. Read more

Star Gazing

Star gazing is undisputedly the oldest scientific hobby on earth. Prior to invention of the telescope, stargazers required no special apparatus but their own eyes and a clear view of sky to appreciate the splendor of the infinity. For many people, star gazing doesn't start just as a favorite pursuit. In some, it is a natural response to an inborn desire - to reach out to the stars. In others, star gazing originates from the growing respect they cultivate for the vastness of this universe. Whether you're catching a glimpse of the star-filled clear skies or peeping into the cosmos through your telescope, you can't deny the felicity it imparts. Read more

Star watching tips

A popular misconception on Astronomy is that it requires high-priced equipment as well as great prior knowledge. However, Astronomy starts with 'star watching'. Star watching is engaging but not necessarily difficult. It does not require an expensive telescope or remarkable skills. Star gazing is flexible enough to meet everyone's enthusiasm. You can start out with your naked eye learning to identify a number of constellations and stars. You will gradually be able to recognize any constellation on a clear night sky visible to the naked eye on any time of the year. Read more

Midnight Sun

Almost everyone on earth is accustomed to the inevitable cycle of day and night. We take it for granted that we've designed our lifestyle to be in rythm with the rising and setting of the sun. However it is not a surprise that there are people on our own earth who have much longer days and nights. They live in the land of the midnight sun, where the generous sun shines throughout the day for months together! Read more

What is an Exoplanet ?

It is in human nature to venture beyond what is just visible. Displeased with the uninhabitable nature of planets in our own Solar system, Scientists have begun the tradition of searching for faroff worlds lying thousands of light years away. Planet hunters, as these specialists are fondly called, have discovered about 307 exoplanets till this date. Exoplanet, shortened from extrasolar planet, is a term used to describe a planet not part of our own stellar system. Since the first exoplanet was discovered in 1992, many teams of researchers have offered their part in the big picture. The most happening field in Astronomy right now could be exoplanet research. Read more