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Gujarat to get its first-ever solar as well as stellar observatories

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Gujarat is all set to get its first-ever solar as well as stellar observatories, with government-recognised Indian Planetary Society (IPS) selecting Kutch district for embarking on this project at a cumulative cost of Rs. 12 crore.

The Solar Observatory would be utilised to study the Solar System, while the Stellar Observatory will collect crucial information by studying various galaxies, planets and stars, said IPS CEO Akshay Malhotra, who is at present in Kutch for a detailed study of possible locations in that area.

He said “This is for the first time when IPS is embarking on a project to set up its first solar as well as stellar observatories. We have decided to set up these observatories in Kutch, as the sky is very clear here, which is essential for accurate results”.

Malhotra said “There are such observatories in different parts of India being run by the government, while we are an independent NGO. This is for the first time when Gujarat will get such observatories, as there are none at present here”.

Apart from having a clear sky, the Tropic of Cancer passes from here, which gives ample sunlight necessary for solar observation, he said.

“The Tropic of Cancer passes from near Bhuj, which makes this place ideal for solar observation. As of now, we have zeroed in on two locations, one is Lakhpat and another is Loriya village near Khavda, which is around 80 km from Bhuj,” he said.

According to him, high-efficiency telescopes, along with other high-end equipment, would be installed at these observatories under the PPP (public-private-partnership project) model. Scientists from India as well as across the world are associated with IPS, having its head office in Mumbai.

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  • News Section: Technology
  • Month: January
  • Year: 2016
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