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Winners: Students viewing the prize-winning paintings at the National Science Day programme in Bangalore on Friday.
Winners: Students viewing the prize-winning paintings at the National Science Day programme in Bangalore on Friday.

Staff Reporter

The event was organised to observe National Science Day

800 children from government schools attended the event

Prizes for essay, poster and painting competitions were awarded to 150 students

Bangalore: About 800 children from government schools across the city learned about the secrets of the sun, the mission to the moon and much more here on Friday, at an event organised to celebrate National Science Day.

Students, who thronged the J.N. Tata Auditorium, intently penned down notes as eminent scientists delivered lectures, and later posed some tough questions to them.

Siraj Hasan, Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, explained why the sun is today one of the “liveliest branches of astronomy”, while S.K. Shivakumar, Director of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network, gave a talk on Chandrayaan-I.

Later in the day, S.V. Subramanyam, professor, department of Physics at the Indian Institute of Science delivered a lecture on “Light and Raman effect”. National Science Day is observed annually on February 28 to salute the day that physicist C.V. Raman discovered what came to be known as the “Raman Effect”, which won him the Nobel Prize in 1930. The event was organised jointly by the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology and the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi.

Solar evolution

Prof. Hasan took his young audience on a journey through the evolution of solar science and spoke about the promise it holds in unravelling mysteries of the solar system.

The 2,500 BC Stonehenge in England and India’s Jantar Mantar are some of the “earliest astronomical observatories. “The sun is an area of astronomy with plenty of opportunities. It affects the earth, our climate and space weather,” he said.

Mr. Shivakumar described the inception of the moon mission Chandrayaan, and said that the quest for minerals was one of the satellite’s important goals. Prizes were distributed to 150 students who won the essay, poster and painting competitions held for primary and high school students.




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