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Astronomy Club


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Astronomy Club has fascinated students ever since the inception of the club with its innumerable activities related to the celestial world. Astronomy Club was formally started in the year 2004 under the aegis of S.P.A.C.E.(Science Popularization Association of Communicators and Educators.). Since then our students have participated in various programmes, seminars, workshops and competitions organized by S.P.A.C.E. The students have successfully completed different Modules corresponding to various levels of proficiency in knowledge of Astronomy.

  • On 4 August 2015, an Orientation Programme was held by the organization, SPACE for initiating students of classes VI – VIII to Module I and Module II of the Astronomy Club for the session 2015-16. 43 students enrolled for Module I in the new session.
  • The school initiated the programme of Astronomy Workshops for classes IV to V under the aegis of the organization SPACE to enthuse young learners regarding various aspects of astronomy. An Orientation Programme was held on 18 August 2015, to encourage students to participate in the same. 54 students of class IV and 46 of class V have enrolled for the programme.
  • On 1 September 2015, the introductory session for Module I for classes VI to VIII focused on the topic 'Journey through the Beam of Sun Ray'.  An Astronomy kit was also distributed to each of the members.
  • April 2015 was celebrated as Global Astronomy Month (GAM) by Astronomers worldwide. A plethora of activities were conducted to popularize Astronomy in the school. These included the following:-
    • On 7 & 17 April 2015, 'SUN' Day was organized to observe the Sun through projection method.
    • On 10 & 23 April 2015, viewing of the stars, planets and constellations through telescope, binocular and naked eye was organized as Global Star Party.
    • On 23 & 24 April 2015, Moon Watch was organized and it's various phases were captured by the students through their cameras
    • On 24 April 2015, Walking on the Moon, an online observation was done through the telescope placed in Italy.
    • On 28 April 2015, GAM Concert, an online event, a symphony of sound and visuals created a dramatic and a lasting effect on the observer.
    • The school was declared the winner in the "Most Innovative Event" Category for the GAM Events.
  • Astronomy Fair was organised on 17 April, 2015 in the school playground. The Fair was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Mr Suraj Prakash, Director, Teacher Training Centre, BBPS, Pitampura. Mr Pankaj Bambha, Director-SPACE was the Guest of Honour. Highlights of the program included activities like,.
    • Screening of short movie 'Mars Orbital Mission'
    • Photo exhibition of club events and achievements
    • Use of Sky Maps for locating celestial objects
    • Demonstration of mechanics behind rocket launch
    • My weight on different planets- highlighting the role of gravity
    • Time and Direction stall – the use of shadow cast by an object to determine time and direction.
    • Solar Walk - simple items to explain the proportionate sizes of different planets.
    • Comet kitchen stall- cooking of comet at home using daily utility items.
    • Astro Quiz
    • Solar Observation using different techniques
    • Drawing celestial tattoos on the arms and wrists of visitors.
  • On 23 & 24 April 2015 members of Astronomy club Module I & II went for an overnight session along with three teacher escorts to Astroport, a night observation facility developed by SPACE at Sariska. Students learnt how to use Messier's booklet & sky map to locate various celestial objects.
  • On 2 May 2015, an evening session was organised for the club members of Module I & II. Module I students were introduced to stellarium.
  • Chahat Jain of X H & Simrat Singh of IX C were selected for the second phase, of AIASC ( All India Asteroid Search Campaign), from 1 June - 6 July 2015. They attended the training workshop at DPS International, Pushp Vihar,Saket on 8 May 2015. The students have identified two Near Earth Objects (NEOs) during this period.
  • On 11 & 12 February 2015, National Level NASA Astronomy Olympiad was held in which 27 students from class III to X participated.
  • Entries for NASA Space Settlement (NSS) International Art Competition were invited from the students and have been submitted to SPACE on 12 March 2015.
  • On 7 March 2015, students of Module I had a session on Time & Direction. They measured the length of shadow cast by a simple rod and calculated the local noon time for Delhi. The students of Module II learnt about the mechanics behind the launch of rockets in the session- Construction and Launching of Rockets.
  • School received a Certificate of Participation from SPACE for active involvement during the celebration of The World Space Week held in October 2014.
  • The school received a telescope from SPACE for active participation by Module II students during session 2013-14.
  • 8 students of class VIII to IX participated in 'Sally Ride Earth Kam' project. They were taught to handle cameras placed on satellites through computers and to click pictures of different parts of Earth.
  • 10 students participated in the workshop 'Galileo to the 30m Telescope' at Nehru Planetarium.
  • Staff members attended a lecture – demonstration on Education through Planetarium held at Pragati Maidan.
  • On 30 September 2014, all students of class VIII participated in the project, to become a part of Limca Book of Records, for the maximum number of students participating in an experiment at the same time, in Delhi.
  • An Astronomy Fair was organised on 17 April 2014 in the school playground. It was inaugurated by the Chief Guest - Mr Suraj Prakash, Director, BBPSTC, Pitampura. Other eminent guests included- Mr C B Devgun, President, SPACE; Mr S K Bhattacharya, Advisor CES; Ms Anju Khanna, Regional Manager - Client Relations, SPACE; Ms Mukta Sharma, Regional Manager-Academics, SPACE. Parents of class VI students and the participating members were also invited. The highlights of the fair were Photo Exhibition of Astronomy Club activities 2013-14; Kit Display section; launch of Hydro Rocket; Time & Direction stall; Comet Kitchen stall; Astro quiz; Solar observation using pin-hole cameras; Solar goggles & Refraction method and stall for making celestial tattoos etc.
  • On 25 November, students of Module I, had a session on Time & Direction. The concept of measuring time was discussed. Practical time calculation using sundial, finding cardinal directions through gnomon and marking them in the school premises was carried out.
  • From 4 to 7 December 2013, a campaign was carried out in school to collect and send best wishes to ISRO scientists for the successful launch of Mars Orbiter Mission. In the Morning Assembly programme on 26 November 2013, Mr Amit Verma, CEO, SPACE awarded a certificate & Rs 1000/- to Prasun of VIII H for scoring the second position in the Drawing competition held in the school, during World Space Week 2013. The school received 76mm telescope for active participation in Astronomy Club activity.
  • An evening session – Lunar and Planetary Watch was held on 13 December 2013. Club members of Module I attended the session 'Hands on Telescope' and those of Module II attended 'Astrophotography using digital Single Lens Reflector cameras'. They also got practical experience in handling the same.
  • In the SPACE Newsletter for December 2013, BBPS GR had been covered in the section, 'School in Focus'. The four page coverage included philosophy of the school; messages of the Principal, Mr L V Sehgal, Ms Poonam Sondhi, former club in-charge and Ms Anjali Virmani, club in-charge. Photographs presenting a panorama of various activities of Astronomy club held in the school were also showcased.
  • On 25 October 2013, Vasu Gupta (VIII B) and Janhavi Batra (IX G) participated in Internet Telescope Project conducted by SPACE. They remotely controlled a telescope in Ironwood, US and took spectacular images of celestial objects.
  • Sameer Sachdeva (IX E) and Naman Arora (IX A) were felicitated alongwith other participants of All India Asteroid Search Campaign at Radison Blu on 25 October 2013. They were credited for II NEO observation.
  • On 28 October 2013, five club members along with teacher escort Ms Jyotsna Srivastava attended a talk, 'Technology Need for Future Human Space Mission' by Dr Kumar Krishen, NASA Scientist. It was organized by SPACE at American Centre, ND.
  • Saksham Bhutani (VII A) and Sanchit Gupta (IX G) participated in "Earth Master Sample Project", in October. Rock Samples collected by them were sent to Austria Space Forum, along with the coordinates of the place from where the samples were collected.
  • In the session held on 1 October 2013 for Students of Module I and II. For Module I basics of rocketry and solar system walk were covered. The life cycle of a star from nebulae to supernova explosion was explained alongwith concepts of pulsar and black holes for module II.
  • Our school celebrated world space week with the rest of the world from 4th to 10th October, drawing competition, movie show, bookmark making were some of the activities taken up in school and our students also participated in the Inter School Competitions held at Trimurti Bhavan.
  • NASA Space Settlement Contest - This annual contest was organized by NASA Ames Research Centre and National Space Society (NSS), California, USA on the theme, 'Orbital Settlement'. Rimpa Samanta (X A) was adjudged second in the Art category (Individual) and was awarded a certificate for the same. The coordinator, Ms Anjali Virmani, also received a Teacher Award certificate.
  • On 30 September 2013 a session was conducted for students of Module I and II. The topics for Module I were Tilt and Orbit of Earth & Seasons. The session for Module II focused on launching of space crafts and change in their orbits.
  • The first session for members of Module II was held on 6 September 2013. Twenty students enrolled for the program. They were briefed about the club activities and office bearers were appointed. Students were taught to use available tools through World Wide Web for learning, exploring, and research in the field of astronomy. Concepts like-occultation, conjunction etc were introduced. Astronomy kits were distributed.
  • An Orientation program, for Module I and Module II was organized by SPACE on 18 July 2013 for encouraging students to become members of the Astronomy club.
  • NASA Astronomy Olympiad was conducted for selected students of classes V to X in the school on 25 July 2013. 510 students appeared and altogether 23 students received gold/silver/bronze medals for their performance and qualified for the second round to be held in January 2014.
  • Introductory session for Module I members was held on 7 August 2013. 57 students from class VI to IX enrolled for the program. Office bearers were selected and briefed about their duties. An Introductory Astronomy  kit was given to each member. Students were apprised about - Size of the Universe, Types of the Celestial Objects, Our Cosmic Address, Speed of light and light year - using a PowerPoint Presentation Journey on the Beam of Light 
  • Astronomy club students of IIIT Delhi in association with SPACE organized 'The Big Bang, a Celestial Quest' at their Campus in Okhla on Saturday, 17 August 2013. Two teams consisting of two students each participated in a Quiz competition.
  • Second session for Module I members was held on 19 August 2013 on 'Comets and Asteroids'. Through a PowerPoint Presentation, topics such as, historical milestones, major comets and asteroids, important discoveries, deep impact mission etc were explained. It was followed by a practical session in which students used sand, dry ice and ammonia to make a model of comet.
  • The first session for members of Module II was held on 6 September 2013. Twenty students enrolled for the program. They were briefed about the club activities and office bearers were appointed. Students were taught to use available tools through World Wide Web for learning, exploring, and research in the field of astronomy. Concepts like-occultation, conjunction etc were introduced. Astronomy kits were distributed.
  • Astronomy Day was celebrated on 11 April 2013 at BBPSGR to mark the end of the club activities. Club Members showcased their knowledge and skills acquired through the club activities during the session2012-2013. Mr Amit Verma CEO, SPACE was the chief guest for the occasion.

    Club members gave Presentations on- Rocket Launch; Finding Time and direction using sundial, gnomon; Safe solar Observation; Kit Display; Planisphere; Solar Walk; Comet Kitchen and Stellarium. An open Quiz on Astronomy was conducted and a film, 'Doomsday' was also shown to the students.

  • On 20 April 2013, an award ceremony was organized by Orange Education at 'The Lalit', Connaught Place to honour the top scoring students of National Astronomy Olympiad (NSO). Mr Vineet Joshi, Chairman CBSE was the chief guest.
  • Ananya Gupta of VII B ranked first in the NSO among class VI students at an all-India level. She won an all expenses paid trip to NASA for ten days. The Headmistress, Ms Anita Garg and Club Coordinator, Ms Anjali Virmani, attended the ceremony. A Plaque of Appreciation was presented to the Principal and the club coordinator, each.
  • Naman Arora and Sameer Sachdeva of class IX participated in the workshop for 'All India Asteroid Search Campaign; Phase I organized by SPACE in collaboration with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), USA. Participants were trained to sift through exclusive sky image data using computer software, "Astrometrica" to spot moving objects and identify asteroids.
  • A team of two students Karan Aggarwal of class IX and Rohan Kalra of class X participated in the All India Asteroid Search Campaign from 1 June to 3 July. The campaign was organized by SPACE in collaboration with International Astronomical Search Collaboration(IASC), USA. In this program, students were expected to sift through exclusive sky image data provided by Astronomical Search Institute Observatory at Charleston, USA. They used computer software-Astrometrica to spot moving objects and identify asteriods. Our students have nine observations to their credit.
  • Puneeta Bassi of IX-H, Maitreya Sharma and Shubhankar Shershia of X-D went on a seven day expedition to Beijing-Shanghai from 3 June to 10 June 2012. The trip was organized by SPACE to witness and capture the 'Transit of Venus', a phenomenon that will happen again after 105.5 years. This Project was a part of an international initiative taken by prestigious institutes like NASA, ESO, ISRO, JAXA, IAA, IUCAA and USO. Our school was a part of a team of 47 members comprising of students and teachers from different schools of Delhi and NCR
  • A team of five students escorted by Ms. Anjali Virmani, Convenor Astronomy Club went on a five day long expedition to Hong Kong from 18 May to 22 May 2012. The trip was organized by SPACE to understand and witness the Annular Solar Eclipse and to capture the rare Ring of Fire with their personal Cameras. Students and teacher-escorts from different schools of Delhi and NCR participated in the programme.
  • An overnight camp for sky observation was organized by SPACE, on 18 May 2012 for the astronomy club members of Module I & II. This session was attended by 53 students escorted by three teachers at SVM Institute of Polytechnic, Firozpur Jhirka, Mewat, Haryana. The objective of the field trip was to give practical knowledge to students in the use of basic astronomical equipments like- Latitude finder, Planisphere, sky map, telescope etc and to observe and identify- planets, constellations galaxies and many more celestial objects.
  • Shreya Garg of X A and Eishabh Sobti of X G participated in a workshop 'Internet Telescope' organised by SPACE in collaboration with IASC (International Astronomical Search Collaboration), USA. A total of 80 schools participated. The workshop, conducted in two sessions, gave students an opportunity to remotely control telescope, to see and explore the night sky visible in USA and to take in depth pictures of celestrial objects such as asteroids, galaxies, nebulae etc using computer.
  • A presentation by SPACE was organised on 2 April 2012 to make students aware of the two expedition namely-
    • An expeditions to Hongkong in May to view 'Annular Solar Eclipse'.
    • An expedition to Shanghai and Beijing in June to experience-Transit of Venus' a celestial event that happen once in 105 years.