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FUN WITH ASTRONOMY: LEVEL ELEMENTARY


- BY PARAG MAHAJANI, MILKYWAY CITIZENS, PUNE 1

Course name: Fun with Astronomy Venue: New English School Planetarium, Pune Audience: 8th and 9th standard students Session Topics (Each session: 45 minutes + 15 minutes QA) Introduction to Astronomy Egyptian, Babylonian, Mayan, Indian, Greek concepts of ancient astronomy Astronomy Measurements Nano to Tera, AU, LY and Parsec, nearby planets and stars Constellations and their movements The ancient divisions of the night sky, constellation concept, the description of all 88 constellations and their folklore The Starry globe The celestial sphere, cardinal points, Ecliptic and Equator, Alt-Az, Ra and Dec, Spherical motion and other apparent motions of the stars and planets

FUN WITH ASTRONOMY: LEVEL ELEMENTARY


- BY PARAG MAHAJANI, MILKYWAY CITIZENS, PUNE 2

The Solar system The formation, architecture and dynamics of Solar system including 8 planets and millions of minor planets The Rocky planets The first four planets closest to the Sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. The geological, atmospheric and astronomical view point. The Gaseous planets The last four planets away from the Sun: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The planetary, atmospheric and astronomical view point. The Moon and its wonders Earths only natural satellite, its origin theory, structure, craters, mountains and other lunar features, phases, calendar, Eclipses etc. The Sun and its wonders The nearest star- The Sun, its Climate, structure, features of the Sun, prominences, flares, sunspots, faculae, solar dynamo etc. The life zone of the Sun and Solar system Make you own Horizontal Sun-dial Practical session: Plotting and constructing the horizontal Sundial and testing it under the Sun. Equation of time, geometry of the sundial and its orientation.

FUN WITH ASTRONOMY: LEVEL ELEMENTARY


- BY PARAG MAHAJANI, MILKYWAY CITIZENS, PUNE 3

Material required: Card paper, scissor, gum bottle, pencil and compass, scale and eraser Stars and their colors The colorful stars around the solar system, The HR diagram and its interpretation, life cycle of stars The Milky way galaxy The concept of galaxy, its size, shape, Fork diagram, density of stars, clusters, nebulae and other features Our Universe The concept of many galaxies, clusters, distances, spacetime fabric, birth and death of stars, black holes and Universe as a whole Amateur Astronomy and you Being a student and an amateur astronomer what can you do? Description of various aspects of amateur astronomy and your contribution the great science of Astronomy Sky Observation program Planetarium NES, Pune Sky Observation Program real sky, near Pune for one night/evening.

FUN WITH ASTRONOMY: LEVEL ELEMENTARY


- BY PARAG MAHAJANI, MILKYWAY CITIZENS, PUNE 4

Note: All the sessions should be with the help of LCD and PowerPoint presentations Every session of 45 minutes + 15 minutes QA Reference Books: 1. Stars and Planets Ridpath 2. Astronomy projects for the students Prof. Mohan Apte 3. Shaleya Khagolshastra (Marathi) Prof. Mohan Apte 4. Astronomical Calculations Prof. Mohan Apte 5. Tarakanchya Vishwat (Marathi) Parag Mahajani 6. Kalganana (Marathi) Prof. Mohan Apte 7. The Night Sky David Levy 8. Websites and other articles on Internet END