It was a huge success for SWAN team in shooting and observing the Super-Blue-Blood-Lunar Eclipse on 31st January, 2018.
Making it available for visitors to observe the eclipse through SWAN's telescopes, a participation of over 2500 people was seen in one evening at our observation location- Ram Krishna Ashram, Sahudangi.
We are thankful to all the visitors, photo enthusiasts and media personnel who supported us in this venture.
SWAN Jalpaiguri team was also in action with multiple telescopes, on Screen projection etc.
SWAN had organised an astronomy outreach at Darjeeling Public School, Fulbari. Approximately over 200 enthusiastic students, teachers and staff members of the school participated actively. On Screen presentations, Astronomy quiz, star gazing under the starry sky and Lunar observation through an 8" Cassegrain telescope made the event a great success.
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SWAN junior members organised a small Lunar observation outreach followed by on- screen presentations and a quiz competition. It was the first time that the SWAN junior team conducted an outdoor session. The event was great success and the response from the viewers were mixed with awe and happiness.
Sky doesn't always disappoint. Sometimes it does just the opposite. Amid near zero possibility, sky became clear and we got to see the TWIN IRIDIUM FLARE. Two simultaneous flares at the same time, same location from two different satellites of the same orbit is too rare a event. Rather only one of its kind.
More importantly, both the sats are now near uncontrolled ones as reported. Both of them gave their respective flares almost 10 sec ahead of the time, mathematically calculated based upon their official TLE.
Navoneel is a biennial Astronomy fest organized by SWAN and is one is of its kind in West Bengal, if not India. Organized in the month of November 3rd to 6th, this 4th episode of NAVONEEL saw a footfall of over 12,000 and made its mark in astronomy outreach in India. The four day fest comprised of an astrophotography exhibition, astronomy workshops, open discussion sessions, quiz competitions and was concluded with LIVE moon observation through several telescopes on the final day. Also, school teams from twelve schools and colleges competed each other in the inter institute Demonstration Competition.
SWAN had organized a Daytime Astronomy and Solar Observation camp at Army Public School, Bengdubi on 22nd April, 2016. The event comprised of indoor presentations on Basic Astronomy and Planetary motion. An outdoor workshop on Safe Solar Observation and building simple Sun Projectors with materials available in every household was organized too. Touching over 500 students, teachers and staff members of the school, SWAN showed the Sun to every individual through an 8” Cassegrain Telescope.