generally conducted from Hindu
Seva Sangh, Mamnoli (Tal.Kalyan, Dist.Thane) is a good site for
observation with camping facilities. Aakash Mitra Mandal conducts the sky watching
programmes for students, teachers and enthusiasts through a collection of
institute's range of quality telescopes. However, a naked-eye sky
observation session is also featured in order to make the new-comers
acquainted with the glory of the night sky.
Basic Astronomy Course
Aakash Mitra organizes Basic Astronomy
Course, wherein, certain fundamental concepts are explained. The
Celestial Sphere, coordinate systems, solar system, life cycles of the
stars, broad nature of the universe, etc. are emphasized in a (normally)
week long course. Such theoretical aspects are then supported by a
night sky observation programme at the end of such course.
Seminars for School Teachers
In our perception, students are perhaps
the most important resources of the future. Therefore, in order to
synchronize their curiosities, talents and abilities, teachers play an
important role. Aakash Mitra conducts seminars for teachers
which enable them to explain various astronomical concepts to the students. This
also includes simple experiments which can be carried out in the
schools and hence can provoke the interests and instincts of the students.
As a mean to reach diversified and
heterogeneous mob, Aakash Mitra Mandal organizes various
exhibitions. The institute organised exhibitions in the wake of
the Total Solar Eclipses of Oct.1995 & Aug.1999 & also at the
occasions of Lunar eclipses.
Workshops, Contests, Slides shows,
Aakash Mitra also organizes various workshops, contests
and slides shows. The Sundial preparation workshop, Telescope making
workshop, etc. are successfully conducted by the institute. Astronomy Quiz
Contest, audio-visual slides show too are conducted by the institute.
Solar Eclipse Observation Expeditions
organised "Total Solar Eclipse Observation Expeditions" on the
occasion of the Total Solar Eclipse of Oct.1995 which was visible from
Solar Eclipse of 11th August 1999 was last of such eclipses of the millenium
visible from Indian soil. Akash Mitra took this opportunity to organise
yet another expedition of Total Solar Eclipse Observation at Bhachau in Gujarat.