Basic Astro-Imaging talk at LUMS (April 20, 2018)

SPADES is a Science & Engineering society at The Lahore University of Management Sciences. They organised a symposium on Astronomy where i talked about basics of Astro Imaging.

Solar Outreach in UMT University

Solar outreach at UMT today in Lahore.  Started with delivering a presentation on our Sun and how to see it safely and then moved out in the ground for the observation session.

Some 100 people showed up.. asked many good questions!

Temperature dip in the observatory after opening the roof

Upper Graph: Inside observatory temperature 

Lower Graph: Outside observatory temperature

So the highest temperature today went to about 35 C. I kept the roof of the observatory closed and opened it around 22:30. Notice the sudden dip in the upper graph. This shows the sudden release of the heat trapped inside the observatory even after 4 hours of sunset and then the heat loss ratio became stable.

Lower graph shows the temperature loss outside the observatory.. of course no sudden dip around 22:30.

Solar Outreach in UET University

UET Science Society invited us for a Solar Outreach activity at UET, today. Not many people came there, it seems the event was not publicized and organised.

We did enjoy, talking with those who came there!

Solar outreach in LGS EME School

The weather is getting hot now.. In the direct sunlight, it is getting hard to stand and keep talking to hundreds of students.. of course, who cares about that!

Today i met super charged students of LGS EME branch.. Some 400 kids from 6th and 7th grade. They saw the Sun through Solar Glasses donated by CBSAP and my Lunt 152 Hydrogen Alpha Solar telescope; i use this scope with B3400 which gives a bigger field of view of the Sun.

They were shooting questions about every thing they could think of in the entire Universe.. Extra-terrestrial life forms, Black holes, Alien planets, Formation of Stars, planets and moons, Space Missions and what not! I was speaking at the maximum possible speed my sound system could manage with continuously taking water to keep it running. At the end of it all, some 3 hours later, the sound system broke and i am very very happy with that!

Students of LGS EME, you are great!

LAST's April 2018 Monthly Meeting

Lahore Astronomical Society meets every first Friday of every month, except Ramadan. This month it was yesterday where Schehrzade Syed gave a presentation on Life of late Stephan Hawking and his most famous works. It was extremely entertaining and there were many video clips embedded. I felt like i was meeting with the family & friends of Hawking through the entire presentation.

Good job Schehrzade!

Solar Outreach at COMSATs

Being under the burning sunlight, standing for hours, constantly talking to hundreds of people, continuously repeating every time to a new observer what to see, how to see and what is being seen.. this all does not drain me at all; On the contrary, it gives me such energy which i cannot explain in mere words.

Just give me a crowd.. hundreds? yes.. thousands? even better! I have been doing it for decades and will do it everyday.. all my life!

Today i went to COMSATS, Lahore and took my Hydrogen Alpha Solar Telescope with me, CBSAP Glasses and spectral rings. Alpha who is new to our Astronomical Society's core group also came and helped a lot!