Bird watching or Star Gazing?

It was in the beginnings of the S8. The Science Forum unit of our college was planning an astronomy /Stargazing camp in association with the Amateur Astronomers Association of India, Kochi unit.  The planning process suddenly entered into hiccup around the logistics for stargazing. The initial thought is to have everyone come at our college ground around 8 PM for stargazing but there is a big issue in bringing girls into the college ground during the night. The college authorities decided that they not will approve the plan.

Finally we came into an agreeable solution after multiple back and forth discussions with Principal, Chief Warden, LH warden and the Staff Advisor of the Science Forum. The stargazing program split into two days – One for boys at our famous college ground in front of the famous MHs and another one for girls at our college LH. The college authorities and the program team relieved from the power cut worries since the program was split into two days and separated events for boys and girls. Remember the power cut time is the exciting  time in the MHs and I’m sure that most of you know the power cut stories

First day went without incidents and some of enthusiastic folks   were able to enjoy and the near and far solar objects and stars through power telescopes. We have wrapped up stargazing program for boys by midnight.  Second day stargazing program started on the Terrace of the college LH facing the open skies around 8 PM under the full protection of the Chief Warden and LH warden. Luckily we were able to set up the telescopes before starting the power cut and one way the power cut helped the stargazing by eliminating the light pollution for short period.  By 10 PM we have wrapped all activities and thanked the wardens and the girls for their support and cooperation to make the program as a successful event.

When we went back to MH after the program we face our friends questions…… 

എത്ര നക്ഷത്രം എണ്ണി ? എത്ര പിള്ളേരെ നക്ഷത്രം എണ്ണിച്ചു?

Suresh P.S.

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