Saturday, January 21, 2006

Sunrise at Tiger Hill - Darjeeling - India

Whilst in Darjeeling, North Bengal which is located in the north east sector of India, I watched sunrise. I managed to take some photos of the event and I thought I'd share some of them with you all. On the second photo you can see that I've marked out the constellations which were visible. Although I have marked Pluto on the photo, it is purely a guess as it is not actually visible in the photograph. I used Starry Night Pro to work out the constellations and whilst doing so it told me that Pluto should have been located roughly where the red circle is. Perhaps my exposure wasn't long enough to pick up the light from Pluto or more likely the faint day glow was already too bright for pluto to show.


At Mon Jan 23, 10:09:00 am UTC, Blogger srikanth said...

india is most popular for astronomy and it is lagging behind now contact Lenses

At Mon Jan 23, 01:51:00 pm UTC, Blogger Kaustav said...

There's certainly a lot India is doing right now in space research. It plays a large part in high energy particle physics research and also has a capable milimeter and submilimeter telescope array capability in south India with new ones coming on-line in the form of multi dish interferometers.

Apart from that India is one of the very few nations in the world to have it's own home grown launch capability. The PSLV (Polar Sat Launch Vehicle) has launched considerable loads in to Earth orbit.

View PSLV information.

There is also a programme on to send an Indian designed space probe to map the moon in the next few years named Chandrayan 1. India continues to launch a plethora of satellites of its own for educational benefits to remote Indian towns and villages as well as scientific research payloads. Look up information on Edusat on the ISRO web site.


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