On the last day of the International Astronomical Union’s 100 Hours of Astronomy and the start of the World Space Week (WSW) celebrations, B M Birla Planetarium in Hyderabad organized an activity to observe sunspots. The event aimed to raise awareness about Astronomy and generate interest among the public. Telescopes with filters were used to observe the sunspots, and a presentation on their significance in studying the sun was given. Experts from the Birla Science Centre also discussed the importance of Astronomy research for the benefit of humanity worldwide.
The WSW is a global celebration that emphasizes the importance of Space Science and Technology in improving human life. It is held annually from October 4 to 10, with October 4 being chosen to commemorate the launch of the first human-made satellite, Sputnik 1, by the Soviet Union, marking the beginning of the Space Age.
The event will continue on October 5 at the B M Birla Planetarium Hyderabad. Dr G S Rao, Group Director, Training, Education and Outreach Group, NRSC (ISRO), Hyderabad will deliver a popular science talk on Satellites for Society at 10:30 am, followed by an open house quiz on space and mankind.