Andromeda darshini and Milkyway milkshake

So came the idea of a fusion between the food and astronomy. Eventhough it looks being miles apart yet it has a common ground in getting youngesters attracted to it. So the end product was an ” Astronomy Themed Restaurant”

I’ve been passionate about astronomy and always been attracted to the 3 stars of the Orion constellation. Even though astronomy is a pure science and a hybrid of many fundamental subjects such as Physics, Maths and chemistry yet it has always attracted more youngesters than anyother science subjects.

Parallely i’ve been interested in my culture and wide variety of food it comes with. Let it be the Punjabi thalis or the south Indian dosas, i always get excited whenever i’m gorging it. Without any doubt it is a crowd puller and more so youngesters who are willing to experiment in trying different dishes than the ones they have daily.

The Antennae Galaxies in Collision

Two galaxies are squaring off in Corvus and here are the latest pictures

Two galaxies are squaring off in Corvus and here are the latest pictures. But when two galaxies collide, the stars that compose them usually do not. That’s because galaxies are mostly empty space and, however bright, stars only take up only a small amount of that space. During the slow, hundred million year collision, one galaxy can still rip the other apart gravitationally, and dust and gas common to both galaxies does collide. In this clash of the titans, dark dust pillars mark massive molecular clouds are being compressed during the galactic encounter, causing the rapid birth of millions of stars, some of which are gravitationally bound together in massive star clusters.

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Mystical aura of Dec 21,2012

Mayan civilization was one of the most advanced civilizations in terms of knowledge in astronomy. They had evolved simple tools to predict complex astronomical events. The calender they have invented would surprisingly end on Dec 21st, 2012. It marks the end of a 26,000 yeah sun cycle.

Lately my attention has been drawn into an age old debate of life after Dec 21st, 2012.  The debate has got an element of mysticism after a rare book was found in an book exhibition in Greece. The author of the book was none other than Nostradamus. Now famously called as ‘The lost book of Nostradamus”.  The book contains 7 mysterious drawings, each one having a wheel and a ribbon at the top.  Theorist propose how each one of them foretell the future of of the earth being influenced by astronomical events.  At the end of the 7th drawing, the page has an empty wheel with no spokes and a book with empty pages.

Mayan civilization was one of the most advanced civilizations in terms of knowledge in astronomy. They had evolved simple tools to predict complex astronomical events.  The calender they have invented would surprisingly end on Dec 21st, 2012.  It marks the end of a 26,000 yeah sun cycle.

But in astronomy Dec 21st, 2012 is an exciting day. It marks a rare event of sun aligning in with the center of the universe. This event happens once in 26,000 years with the last one being around the time of ice age.  This event is called Dark Rift.

Some of the prophecies written by Nostradamus :

Quatrain 1:55
there will be a great shedding of blood
heaven will appear unjust
both on land and sea and in the air
cults, famine, kingdoms, plagues,confusion

Quatrain 2:3
because of heat like that’s of the sun on the sea
the fish around negrepont will be half-cooked
when in rhodes and genoa there is lack of food

Quatrain 5:98
at a latitude of 48 degree at the end of cancer
there is a very great drought
fish in the sea, river and lake boiled hectic
from the fire in the sky

Quatrain 1:65
atop the summit fractures will appear
the lightning will shatter the stones
three without chains bound up around the middle

presage 16
conjoined here, in the sky manifested
it enter
little rain .. the sky and earth dries
undone, death, caught, arrived at a  bad hour



Humble INSAT series satellites from ISRO

ISRO built sheds and started recruiting young scientist at IISC Gymkhana who had not yet heard of satellites. Finally he built a team of around 40. They got hold of a second hand ground station from Australia and set up at Sriharikota. He wanted to build a redundant system so his team built another adhoc station by converting one of the ladies rest room into a ground station at Peenya.

Today i was very fortunate to have listened to Prof U.R.Rao talk about the early days of INSAT series satellites in India. He is one the eminent personalities to have shaped Indian satellite program. He had come to Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India to inaugurate the Clean Room facility and the Integration chamber as part of STUDSAT project.

Then Prof Rao was a faculty at MIT. Ms Gandhi was the PM. He had been to Russia to request them to launch the ‘would be’ satellite by Russian rockets. They had agreed to it by had one condition attached to it. They wanted Indian to manufacture a satellite in less  than 3 years and it would cost Indian Government cool 3 crores. Ms Gandhi gave the approval when she heard it at the first instance through the telephonic conversation she had with Rao. Beginning of the project faced a major hurdle with the death of the father of Indian space science – Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. But after few years it chugged along . Then began the great journey of setting up the labs and building a team.

Initially they had to choose between Hyderabad and Bangalore. But Bangalore had the edge with its history in Science and Technology. So they got hold of some land around Peenya. They built sheds and started recruiting young scientist at IISC Gymkhana who had not yet heard of satellites. Finally he built a team of around 40.  They got hold of a second hand ground station from Australia and set up at Sriharikota. He wanted to build a redundant system so his team built another adhoc station by converting one of the ladies rest room into a ground station at Peenya.

The team managed to build the satellite and the it was launched successfully. They had christened it as Aryabhata as a tribute to the Indian Mathematician who invented Zero. The satellite changed the face of the villages with black and white TV popping up. Buoyed by the socio-economic success, Indian gov went ahead with the rest of the satellites and called it Indian satellites or INSAT .

Total Eclipse Of The Sun July 22, 2009

A Total Solar Eclipse of longest duration in 21st century will occur in the morning of Wednesday,July 22, 2009(Asadha 31, 1931 Saka). This eclipse is of special interest for the scientists and general public of India as its path of totality passes through thickly populated regions of west, central, east and
north-east India

A Total Solar Eclipse of longest duration in 21st century will occur in the morning of Wednesday,July 22, 2009(Asadha 31, 1931 Saka). This eclipse is of special interest for the scientists and general public of India as its path of totality passes through thickly populated regions of west, central, east and
north-east India. Consequently, it provides a rare opportunity to view and study this grand spectacle of nature. The partial phase of the eclipse will be visible throughout the country.

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