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Super Pink Moon

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Super Pink Moon (7th April 2020) : A Celestial Trilogy for the Year 2020, 



The last three Images courtesy Wiki Commons
The first two images : Authors photographs taken today from our office terrace using our telescope.
The global Covid pandemic, about which I have written quite a few blogposts, has occupied all the sound and video tera bytes in the social media and scores of pages have been written and published in the digital and print media and therefore any other news or an event, other than the Covid, can at most draw a byline mention in the present Covid 19 time, which is plaguing nations. With this in view the connoisseurs of sky watch in India and my planetaria friends are trying to distract the minds of the people from the unending scare of Covid to draw people’s attention to a relatively rare celestial event, which will play out tonight, lasting until early morning of tomorrow. This celestial event is catchily phrased as the ‘Super Pink Moon’.

Notwithstanding the national lockd…

COVID 19, Hand Washing & Ignaz Semmelweis

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COVID 19, Hand Washing & Ignaz Semmelweis : Homage to the Father of Hand Hygiene and Saviour of Lives.







Image Credits : Wiki Commons
Google is now an all pervasive lexicon, which has entered into the hearts and minds of most Indians and the Google home page is as strongly etched in our minds as the current COVID 19 pandemic. Therefore yesterday’s Google Doodle - which is continuing even today- an image that appears on the Google home page, conveyed a timely message for all of us - ‘ Stay Home, Save Lives’. This message emphasises the need for us to be resilient for unitedly combating the global COVID pandemic by staying in our home to arrest the Covid spread. Hopefully it will help us in re-emphasising the need for all of us to strictly follow the guidelines of the government, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, World Health Organisation (WHO) and such other credible organisations in combating the Covid menace by staying in our respective homes.
Most unfortunately, notwithstanding…

Ugadi : New Year Prayers for end of COVID 19 Global Crisis

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Gudi Padwa (Ugadi) - New Year and the First Day of the 21 day National Lockdown : Will this be the Beginning of the end for the CORONA VIRUS (COVID 19) in India? I earnestly hope so. 







Yesterday was the first day of the nationwide 21-day shutdown, announced by the Honourable Prime Minister, and this coincidentally also happened to be an auspicious new year day, celebrated as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and as Ugadi in Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. While announcing the national lockdown, during his second televised address to the nation on the COVID 19 pandemic that is raging across much of the world, the Honourable Prime Minister Modi ji, in his inimitable style of connecting with the people, used a crowd sourced poster to simplify the essence of national shutdown due to Corona by holding a poster, which read क़ोरोना ( Corona) - कोयी - रोड़पे - ना निकले (nobody should get on to the road).
Most parts of the country followed the clarion call given by the PM and in Mumbai a city wh…

Janta Curfew on 22nd March 2020

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Janta Curfew on 22nd March 2020 : A timely clarion appeal from the Hon PM of India for the COVID combat 






Yesterday was an extraordinary day when it comes to our collective endeavour to fight the deadly Corona Virus, which has now become a global pandemic. The Honourable PM of India addressed the nation on the Coronavirus scare and appealed to fellow countrymen for their cooperation and support, including for a self imposed people's curfew - जनताकर्फ़्यू, in combating the deadly virus, which India has until now managed to keep it, just about under check, relatively. Yesterday was also the day when the number of Corona deaths in Italy surpassed the deaths in China, the country of the origin of this pandemic, from where this virus has spread globally and has been declared a pandemic by the WHO. It was also the day when not a single new incidents of the COVID 19 was reported from Wuhan - the epicentre of this dreaded virus - which after the initial blunder had quarantined itself from t…

Heritage on Wheels Exhibition & the COVID 19 Lockdown of Nehru Science Centre.

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Heritage on Wheels Exhibition & the COVID 19 Lockdown of Nehru Science Centre.








Amidst an unprecedented heightened fear and dime a dozen information   - most of which unfortunately is infodemic - that is getting played out in the social media and so  also in the electronic and print media on the COVID 19, which has been declared a pandemic by the WHO,  authorities across India have been compelled to take precautions including shutting down public spaces and museums. Our centre too has been closed for visitors from today. Just a couple of days ago -  on 13th March  - silently, without much fanfare, we had opened an exhibition on CoronaVirus and another new exhibition ‘ Heritage on Wheels’, with a hope that these two exhibitions will help us in compensating the fall in  visitors to our centre, post the COVID scare. Unfortunately COVID -19 has played spoilsport and we have been compelled to close our centre for the larger interest of the public health safety of our visitors. Hopefully…

3/14 - The International Pi (π) Day : In remembrance of Aryabhata and Madhava.

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3/14 - The International Pi (π) Day : In remembrance of Aryabhata and Madhava.



14th March, declared as the International Pi day, is an interesting date, particularly when expressed in the way the Americans describe the dates - 3/14. A closer look at the date (month and day) reveals a combination of numbers that represent an approximation that constitutes the commonly used constant value for π (Pi) - 3.14. Coincidentally, this date also happens to be the birth date of one of the all time great scientists, Albert Einstein, who was born on the 14th March, 1879, in Germany. In recognition of this 14th March is celebrated as the international Pi day. Pi is perhaps one of few symbols, which has evoked extraordinary human curiosity, mystery, romanticism, misconception and interest, the evidence of which goes back in time.
Since historic times one of the profound challenges faced by mathematicians has been a precise calculation of the ratio between a circle's circumference and its diameter …