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total eclipse from Sasaram

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  • RAGHU KALRA
    A team from Amateur Astronomers Association, Nehru Planetarium, Delhi arrived in the small town of Sasaram, Rohtas (Bihar) to witness the longest Total Solar
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 22, 2009
      A team from Amateur Astronomers Association, Nehru Planetarium, Delhi
      arrived in the small town of Sasaram, Rohtas (Bihar) to witness the
      longest Total Solar Eclipse of the century on 22nd July, 2009.

      25 enthusiastic astronomers reached Sasaram on 20th of July, 2009 and
      conducted preparatory eclipse workshop at St. Paul School. Students
      and faculty were made aware of solar eclipses and safe techniques to
      view them. Free Solar goggles were distributed among the students.
      With the help of school authorities an evening sky observation was
      also conducted for the students. The efforts of the team were highly
      appreciated by the locals. Local media also contributed by giving
      extensive coverage to the activities of the team.
      On 21th of July they explored various possible sites to view the
      eclipse. On 22nd, astronomers started early, setting up their
      equipments at the selected sites.

      After the initial hide and seek of clouds, the astronomers were able
      to observe the eclipse for more than 1minute30 seconds and
      successfully performed various experiments. Many people including
      District Magistrate Mr. M. Sarwanan, along with his family, were
      present to witness this rare celestial event. During totality, as the
      darkness engulfed the skies a few stars and planets such as Venus,
      Mars and Jupiter became visible(India was the only place from where jupiter was observed), the temperature dropped suddenly and
      the wind flow increased. All those present gaped at the celestial
      phenomenon with awe.

      Sasaram became one of the very few places in Bihar from where total solar eclipse
      could be observed.

      The team was ecstatic with the experience and are now eagerly waiting
      to get under eclipse shadow again on Jan 15, 2010.


      Raghu


      PS details will soon be provided














































































































































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