Author Archives: Animesh Lahiri

Beginners Astronomy

Beginners Astronomy - Star GazingIntroduction : At the very beginning I must tell you that I am an amateur
astronomer and have no pretensions to know astronomy at any great depth, though I have made a post before on astronomy  called “ Amateur Astronomy,Infinite Entertainment  “.This
article should have been titled Beginners Star Gazing but I have included a few useful astronomical information’s (for a layman)and  hence the title.
Almost everyone of us at some point of time looked at the sky and watched the stars, the sun and the moon and wondered what they are in actuality.
That wonderment in my case has lead to many questions and view the sky more closely. It started accidentally one night when I could watch the sky  with a telescope and found the sky an amazing place of infinite beauty and mysteries.

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Amateur Astronomy,Infinite Entertainment

Andromeda GalaxyWhen I was young I got hold of a book called
‘Children’s Encyclopedia’. One of the chapters , which dealt with cosmos,
deeply interested me. I decided I will know more about this when I grow up.

In 1986 there
was some excitement because Halley’s comet returned after 76 years. A friend
called me up and asked me to come to Rajabajar science college saying a
telescope was being set up to view the comet. I was excited. When I arrived
there I saw a pipe like object standing .I later knew it was a 3˝  refractor
telescope. Although we tried a lot to locate Halley’s comet that night we did
not find it because nobody had a clue where to look at the sky.

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