In a first, a class of 1,598 students attended a lecture on astrophysics in Kolkata on Tuesday to set a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records. The attempt, successfully completed at Science City, was part of the fifth edition of the India International Science Festival (IISF).
The 45-minute-long lecture was delivered by Samir Dhurde, science educator, astronomer and Science Outreach In-charge at the Pune-based Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA). The students, of classes VI to XI, came from across West Bengal to attend the lecture.
Each student also made a small model of an advanced spectroscope with cardboard during a practical experiment session that followed the lecture. Spectroscopes are instruments used by astronomers to record the temperature and understand the chemical composition, among other characteristics, of all celestial objects located millions of light years away from earth.
The attempt by the student community was dedicated as a salute towards the efforts of legendary scientists like Meghnad Saha and CV Raman.
In the next three days of the IISF, the organisers have lined up three more attempts at Guinness Records.
Source: The Indian EXPRESS