The pleasures of Astronomy from childhood to adulthood
April 11, 2009 – 00:02 | One Comment

Amateur Astronomy is a hobby I’ve been engaged with since my early teens. I recall my first encounter with Astronomy after my father bought me a cheap rickety telescope that wobbled and never really focused …

Share
Read the full story »
Astronomy

Articles about Astronomy related topics. Information about public Astronomy outreach projects, observation notes and review of other Astronomy blogs.

Environment

Observations and opinions about wide and varied issues and challenges facing the environment.

Science

Opinions and commentary about science related topics.

Social media

Commentary, reviews and opinions about the fast moving world of social networking web sites, applications and web services.

Technology

Opinions and observations about wide ranging topics related to technology.

Spring Moonwatch week #2
April 4, 2009 – 00:25 | One Comment
Spring Moonwatch week #2

Following on from my previous story about the annual Spring Moonwatch event which started in the UK on 28th March, 2009, this is a short update on the third night of observing during Spring Moonwatch …

Share
Spring Moonwatch week #1
March 30, 2009 – 18:27 | One Comment
Spring Moonwatch week #1

We’re currently in the midst of an annual UK astronomy event known as the spring moonwatch. It was originally conceived by the Society for Popular Astronomy in the UK and the event usually falls between 28th March to 5th April annually, because the moon will be best placed for observation from the UK. What is more, because the moon stays high above the horizon for a long time, it results in what astronomer called better “seeing” which essentially is a nice steady atmospheric condition usually resulting in a steady and sharp image of the moon when observing it through a telescope.

Share
Tata Nano: Good? Bad? Or just plain stupid?
March 24, 2009 – 23:39 | One Comment
Tata Nano: Good? Bad? Or just plain stupid?

A recent Twitter message to the @JagritiYatra twitter ID said the following:

oscar_soria @JagritiYatra you can mentor Mr Tata and tell him that extinction is forever and maybe he needs to review his decision to build a port a …

Share
Challenge: Who can see the International Space Station with their eyes?
March 20, 2009 – 18:05 | No Comment
Challenge: Who can see the International Space Station with their eyes?

Here’s a cool thing to try out. You can actually see the International Space Station with the naked eye if you know where to look in the sky and at the correct time. What’s more, whilst you’re looking up in to the night sky, tracking the space station go above your head, you can listen in to the astronauts talking on the space station. I am not kidding. This is all really possible and it’s not very difficult to work out. Here how you do it.

Share
Interview with yatri’s during Jagriti Yatra
February 3, 2009 – 00:50 | 5 Comments

Gaurav Sharma, Partho Chakravarty and Prabal Bhardwaj, three yatri’s on the Jagriti Yatra train speak to Kaustav Bhattacharya and candidly speak about their expectations and experiences on the yatra. The interview was conducted just before …

Share
Tata Jagriti Yatra: Day 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11
January 6, 2009 – 21:47 | 2 Comments

Hi all. Sorry for the late update to this blog. A number of days have passed with no updates. Apologies in advance for any typos and mistakes in this update as I’m typing this very …

Share
Tata Jagriti Yatra: Day 6
January 1, 2009 – 02:59 | 8 Comments

It’s day 6 on the Tata Jagriti Yatra. Our train arrives in Puducherry (Pondicherry). We are visiting one of the most advanced eye care hospitals in India, the Arvind Eye Care Hospital. As our bus …

Share
Tata Jagriti Yatra: Day 5
December 30, 2008 – 00:20 | 2 Comments

Today was more symbolic then anything else. With our location now at the southern most city of India – Kaniyakumari – we intended to pay pilgrimage to legendary Vivekananda Rock Memorial which was a short …

Share
Tata Jagriti Yatra: Day 4
December 28, 2008 – 11:32 | 5 Comments

What a gloriously sunny morning but what a rude awakening! The previous night, most of us had gone to sleep VERY late. I myself had reached R. E. M. state at around 3.30am and was …

Share
Tata Jagriti Yatra: Day 3
December 27, 2008 – 20:42 | 4 Comments

Day three of Tata Jagriti Yatra proved to be a one of those days that really captured the imagination of both participants and facilitators. Today we were to meet Shree Padre who hails from Vaninagar, …

Share