30 Non-Stop Sidewalk Astronomy Nights

By naveenln; Published 05 Oct 2009

Bangalore Astronomical Society as part of International Year of Astronomy 2009, organize a series of sidewalk astronomy nights in various areas of Bangalore.

"30 Non-Stop Sidewalk Astronomy Nights" is a unique program organized to reach more people in Bangalore.
From 02.Oct.2009 to 31.Oct.2009

Check comments for daily reports and photos shared here : http://picasaweb.google.co.in/bangaloreastronomicalsociety/SidewalkAstronomy#

Day 1 : Report:
Bangalore Astronomical Society started its 30 non-stop sidewalk astronomy Marathon today at Forum mall in koramangala, Bangalore.

Insipte of bad clouds, volunteers of BAS were ready with the telescopes. from 7 pm till 9:30 pm there was hardly any window to see moon or Jupiter, though we managed to show about 50 people moon. Bad skies spoiled the show. Disappointingly we were thinking of packing the telescopes.

When we were about to pack the telescopes, we noticed that the clouds started moving fast and moon was visible. Jupiter was out of sight :(
It was the time for second show movie to close down., hence within a few min over 200 people saw moon through ( two telescopes ). finally we had to call off the day at 10:40 pm and pack our telescopes when the thick clouds reappeared.

BAS volunteers were very much satisfied and most of the wow ! was heard by the public while seeing moon. Many people who were interested in Astronomy but didn't know where to start or whom to contact were interested in joining BAS and participating in its activities.

Volunteers during today's sidewalk : Naveen Nanjundappa, Vivek Y, Achyut, Viswakeerthy, Keerthy kiran, Suma and Pravin S.
Telescopes used : 6 inch dob. 8 inch equ.
Public headcount : Approx 250
Time : 7:00 PM - 10:40 PM.