Jan 20, 2007

My first date with the stars

I always wonder about the massive universe and the galaxies far away from this earth. Is there existence of life somewhere else? How does it feel inside a spaceship? Do we know much about the other galaxies? Astronomy is one fascinating subject. The more you explore, you will realize there is still more to be explored.

I don't have a reason as to why it took me so long to visit a planetarium. My New Year resolution of doing something new every weekend finally took me to Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium last Sunday. It's not a very big place to go around. The main hall attracts you with posters of various planets and paintings of Albert Einstein. I especially liked the poem that explains about Einstein's contributions in the year 1905. There is also a place where you can get your weights checked in different planets for 5 bucks.

The main attraction is the 45 minute show on Solar System. The show takes place in a circular auditorium with a sky like roof setup. The prelude to the show was an interesting short film about Kalpana Chawla. The Solar System show began sharp at 12.45 PM. As soon as the lights went off, the roof was full of stars. what an amazing sight it was! A very good explanation about different planets in the solar system, why Pluto is no longer a planet, some new info about Andromeda galaxy - so much of information in a short span of time. The show was worth every penny that we spent towards the entrance tickets (Rs. 25 each for adults).

One of my wishes is to buy a good telescope and look at the beautiful night sky. Star gazing is a nice hobby, isn't it?

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