Astronomy fest from today

spacewatch: A visitor takes a look at the paintings displayed at ‘Kalpaneya Yatra 2010’ at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore on Thursday. DH Photo

The festival will feature astronomy-based exhibits and models, sky watching, interactive experiments, activity corners, face-to-face interactions with astrophysicists, lectures, movies, and art activities for children.

The activities will be both in Kannada and English.

The exhibition covers vast themes. “Masks of the Universe” will feature on evolution of universe. “Sun and Solar System” will feature 3-D videos and models about the solar system. “The Science of Starlight” shows the evolution of telescope. “Space Exploration”  features about humans launching themselves into space and beyond.

Hands-on workshop for children above 10 years, public lectures on a variety of astronomy topics, and a series of feature films will be screened.

The films have been categorised into four themes: the Mythic Universe, the Modern Universe, the Mysterious Universe, and the Magnificent Universe. Each day of the Yatra will conclude with a special sky watching session.

The Srishti School of Art, Design and  Technology, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, ISRO and Raman Research Institute have jointly organised the event.

Entry is free for children below the age of 16 years, adult entry at Rs 10. The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm and special sky watching events are scheduled after hours.The festival will conclude with a symposium on December 5.

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