Stargazing at Spiti Valley

Basic Astronomy Course

15th July 2023

199/ Person

10:30 AM-  11:30 AM Sat and Sun

Last Date of Registration : 11th July 2023

Have you ever gazed up at the night sky and wondered about the mysteries of the universe? Outer space is surely intriguing to many but the aspect of learning astronomy may seem like a daunting task. If you’re facing such a conundrum, then you’ve stumbled to the right place!

With the help of the Basic Astronomy Workshop, immerse yourself in the wonders of the universe! Stargazing Mumbai provides you with the perfect opportunity to learn about the night sky right from our sun to the surreal cosmological phenomenon observed in the cosmos. Gain an easy understanding of astronomy by our experts right from the comfort of your own home!

Be prepared to get familiar with not only the celestial sphere and our Solar system but also our galaxy and extragalactic phenomena. Through this workshop experience an exciting journey where you conquer your interests in astronomy and meet like-minded individuals throughout.

  1. Introduction to Astronomy  
  • What is Astronomy 
  • History and how the field progressed, Invention of Telescope
  •  Different Fields in Astronomy
  • Overview of Observational Astronomy
  • Basics of Observational Astronomy and Celestial Coordinate System
  1. Observational techniques 
  • Astronomical Measurements: Astronomical Unit; Light Year; Parsec; Parallax., Distance to Stars from the parallax and other methods
  • Magnitude scales : Apparent Magnitude; Absolute Magnitude; Bolometric Magnitude Distance of star from magnitude.
  • Optics: Magnification., lenses and Mirrors; Barlow lens; Eyepieces, Binoculars; Telescopes: Refracting; Reflecting; Casegrian.
  1. Basic Mathematics
  • Spherical Trigonometry formulae., 
  • Spherical Trigonometry formulae
  1. Basic Physics
  • Physical concepts : Density, Pressure, Atmospheric pressure,Temperature and Temperature Scales, Black Body Radiation,Velocity, Acceleration, Force; Momentum; Acceleration due to gravity.
  • Dynamical calculations: Orbital Velocity and Escape Velocity, Newton’s laws of motion, Newton’s law of gravitation, gravitational acceleration of planets; Escape velocity of planets; orbital velocity of planets; Elliptical orbits, Doppler effect.
  • Kepler’s Laws and Orbits: Elliptical Motion, Eccentricity, Perihelion, Aphelion, Foci, Velocity at Perihelion, Velocity at Aphelion, Velocity at any point, Orbit parameters (a, b), calculating orbit of a comet.
  1. Celestial Coordinate Systems and Celestial Circles 
  • Equator; Ecliptic; Meridian; Six O clock circle; Celestial Points : Equinoxes and
  • Solstices; Poles (Ecliptic and Equatorial); Precession of Earth’s Axis; Celestial
  • Coordinates; Alt/Azimuth; RA/Declination; Longitude/Latitude; Conversion of
  • Coordinates. Types of Year; Tropical Sidereal; Types of Lunar month; Sidereal;
  • Synodic; Drocenic; Nedical; Sidereal Time; GST; LST; Mean time; Time Zones; IST; LT; Universal Time; Ephemeries Time; Julian date; Calendars; Julian; Gregorian.
  1. Solar System
  • Astronomical bodies : Sun, planets and satellites. Gravitational fields Origin of solar system.Shadows and crescents eclipses; Solar Eclipses : Partial, Total, Annular; Lunar Eclipse : Partial, Total, Annular; Eclipse Year; Nodes; Saros d Metonic Cycle.Minor Bodies in the Solar System Meteorites, Asteroids, Comets, and their orbits, composition and sizes and masses, Oort’s Cloud and Kuiper Belt, inflow rate.
  1. About Stars
  • The brightness of the stars, Color-magnitude diagrams (The HR diagrams), The luminosities of the stars, Angular radii of stars, Effective temperatures of stars, Masses and radii of stars: Binary stars, Search for Extrasolar Planets.Spectral classification, Evolution of stars, brown dwarfs, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, pulsars, quasars and X-ray sources.
  1. About Sun
  2. Our Galaxy
  3. Extragalactic Astronomy
  • Normal galaxies- Morphological classification and kinematics, Expansion of the Universe, Active galaxies, Clusters of galaxies, Large-scale distribution of galaxies, Gamma ray bursts

11. Astronomy from Indian Almanac

  •   27 Nakshatras and 12 signs of the zodiac
  •   Niryaan and Sayan positions of planets.
  •   Elongation and visibility of planets
  •  Tithi and Nakashtra (meaning), use of Tithi
  •  Sampatik Kaal (meaning)
  •   Calculations : Elongation of planets and their visibility Elongation chart.
  1. Minor Bodies in the Solar System
  • Meteorites, Asteroids, Comets, and their orbits, composition and sizes and masses, Oort’s Cloud and Kuiper Belt, inflow rate.
  1. Universe at Different Wavelengths High & Low Energies
  • Radio universe, synchrotron emission and jets in stars and galaxies, winds and protostellar and protogalactic matter, protostellar clouds, Infrared Universe and star-forming region-atmospheres and halos of stars, Optical Universe and stars and their interactions, velocity distributions and large scale structures. Ultraviolet astronomy-clouds and absorption High energy phenomena in stars production of X-rays and Gamma rays, Atmosphere of stars, magnetospheres of pulsars, inner structures of quasars.

14.  Einstein’s Universe The Big bang and cosmology, expanding universe and evidence for Big Bang, Gravitational redshift and time dilation

Rs. 199 / Per Person

No Refund

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