The ministry of culture has asked Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM) to ferry its newly acquired telescope from the Gurusaday Road premises to housing complexes across the city where residents can go sky gazing. A special automobile the size of a bus has been designed and sent to BITM by the ministry, so the telescope can be dismantled and ferried to various locations, where it will be reassembled.
The BITM management is in talks with state panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee who is facilitating the first sky-watching session, in December, in his housing complex at Ekdalia. “We are spreading the word and many complexes have come forward with applications. It is absolutely free. We just need some space inside the complex to set up the telescope. The entire session will be guided by our education officers,” said Gautam Seal, spokesperson of BITM.
The 10-inch Celestron telescope will help citizens get a clear look of the craters on the moon, apart from glimpses of Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. However, only the phases of the moon have been chosen for viewing because the telescope is so strong that on a full moon night the brightness can have a blinding effect.
“Since the moon is so close you can see the craters clearly. But you will also be able to see Venus and its phases, Mars, Jupiter’s storms and moons, and Saturn’s rings,” said Tarun Das, an education officer of BITM.
Source: Times of India