Zameen-Aasmaan IYA workshops
Taare Sadak Par
Celebrating Jugad Instrumentation for taking Astronomy to the People
Tentative dates of the Meeting 27th to 29th of March 2009
This meeting is inspired by, and wishes to celebrate, the efforts of all those who are out there on the roadside or in parks, sharing views of celestial objects with the passers by, using their own handmade telescopes.
It is this madness of an amateur astronomer that is the inspiration for this meeting. The operative words here are "Jugad Instrumentation" and "Taare Sadak Par". Jugad is a North Indian word that seems to have been coined to mean any hand waiving solution obtained to overcome difficulties with standard equipment or solutions. So much of innovative instrumentation by amateur astronomers comes under the category that they refer to, affectionately, as Jugad solution.
And it is precisely this spirit of the amateur astronomer, which allows them to share with anyone on the street, their love for the skies, and help the passers by view celestial objects with a little bit of aperture that they have lovingly ground and put together. It is precisely this spirit which would help reach the 99.99999 percent of the population of India which might yet not have seen the views of celestial objects through telescopes, that Galileo did, 400 years ago.
This is planned as a meeting for educators, amateur astronomers, students and anyone interested in discovering the Universe for themselves and sharing the joy of this discovery with those around them.
Tentative Program for the meeting:
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