Coimbatore’s Mango Schooling launches an astronomy calendar

Mango Astronomy Calendar launched by Obuli Chandran highlights celestial occasions like eclipses and meteor showers and options 12 astro photographs.
| Picture Credit score: Siva Saravanan S

Beautiful meteor showers, full moons and eclipses will mild up the sky all by this 12 months. Whereas often there are 12 full moons yearly, this 12 months, there will probably be 13 full moons, with two occurring in August. The second full moon showing on August 31 can also be referred to as The Blue Moon, just like the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’, in accordance with NASA.

“It’s time to look up and observe the sky,” declares Obuli Chandran, a science and maths educator, who has launched the Mango Calendar 2023, themed on astronomy. Necessary celestial occasions like eclipses, planetary conjunctions, and meteor showers are highlighted together with their transient descriptions. For instance, the hybrid photo voltaic eclipse happens on April 20. It’s a photo voltaic eclipse, whereby some components of the world will witness it as complete photo voltaic eclipse, whereas in others components it will likely be seen as an annular photo voltaic eclipse.

As for the meteor showers, the Lyrids meteor bathe that shoots about 20 meteors per hour at its peak may be seen within the night skies on April 22 and April 23.

On Might 5, one can observe a penumbral lunar eclipse – when the moon strikes by the penumbra, or the faint, which is the outer a part of Earth’s shadow. In the meantime, a partial lunar eclipse will probably be seen on October 28, the place just one portion of the moon passes by the darkest shadow or umbra.

Making science enjoyable

Obuli, who can also be the founding father of Mango Schooling that goals to make science and maths enjoyable for college kids, says the calendar’s goal is to make individuals, particularly kids, get enthusiastic about astronomy. “When you mention ‘black hole’, everyone is intrigued. Using black hole as an example, we lure them into understanding complex science like gravity, force and light. We also use examples to teach geometry and trignometry.”

Mango Schooling has a full-fledged curriculum in Astronomy and Astrophysics for college kids from grade 3 to 9, which they provide on a tie-up to non-public colleges within the metropolis. “We teach the subject as an extra-curricular activity, take students on star gazing trips to Mudumalai and Ladakh.”

Obuli Chandran

Obuli Chandran
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In addition they attain out to Authorities faculty college students by quite a few outreach programmes as part of ‘Naalaya Vignani’ initiative together with the Regional Science Centre in Coimbatore, developed by Nationwide Council of Science Museums with the energetic help of Tamil Nadu Science & Technology Centre (TNSTC).

“We have mapped the science exhibits at the Regional Science Centre according to the curriculum of students.”

He additionally talks with delight about Mango Science Radio, a WhatsApp initiative launched throughout COVID-19.

“We had 7,000 subscribers from across the country. We posted short clips on fascinating stories related with science. For example, did you know that Neptune is the only planet found using mathematical calculations?”

While usually there are 12 full moons every year, this year, there will be 13 full moons, with two occurring in August

Whereas often there are 12 full moons yearly, this 12 months, there will probably be 13 full moons, with two occurring in August
| Picture Credit score:
Siva SaravananS

The calendar options 12 astro photographs together with deep sky objects, star clusters, nebulae, and eclipses shot by Obuli through the years. He provides, “We want to bring a sense of wonder and make people look up at the cosmos.”

To know extra, name 9952243541 or go to calendar2023

Priced at ₹599 (₹499 until January 10), the calendar may be shipped throughout India.

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