Picture taken at
Rameshwaram using an H-alpha filter and at
the middle of the eclipse.
Celestial Treats Galore:
Now Annular Solar Eclipse on 15 January 2010:
The lucky, unlucky ones and many others are now preparing for
another major solar eclipse that would....
ISRO to launch rockets to study Friday’s solar eclipse
A balloon observation of the Annular Solar Eclipse (ASR) on
January 15 2010 was carried out by Hyderabad based Maulana Azad Urdu
National University (MANUU) in association with Indian Space
Research Organistaion (ISRO).
According to the University official
Abid Wasay, three balloon, flights with GPS radiosonde and
ozonesonde have been carried out today first at 7:30 AM., 12:00 noon
and then later at 3:30 PM from the lawns of Maulana Azad National
Urdu University to observe the changes in the atmosphere.
This rare experiment is being carried
out by the scientists from MANUU and Anwarul Uloom College with the
funding of Premier Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
These balloons will investigate the
lower atmospheric winds & temperature, generation of gravity waves
during annular solar eclipse.
The Annular Solar Eclipse ASR) began
at 11:30 a.m. and ended at 3:15 p.m. with maximum obscuration of
68.7% at 1:30 p.m.
Earlier, MANUU had conducted control
flights on 13th and 14th January at 12:00
MANUU Prof. Iqbal Ahmed and others with the experimental
balloon earlier on January 10, 2010.
Two more control flights would be
carried out on 16th and 17th January at the
same time i.e., 12:00 noon, added Abid Wasey.
Profiles of wind, temperature,
humidity and ozone during eclipse are obtained which will be
compared with control observations.
Study shows, the eclipse induced
changes on lower atmosphere. The results of the balloon flights are
expected to throw light on dynamical changes of the atmosphere
during solar eclipse, said Abid Wasay.
Prof. B.M. Reddy of NGRI, Hyderabad,
who is Emeritus Scientist of Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
and chairman of different committees of Department of Science &
Technology (DST) along with Prof. D.R. Lakshmi, Emeritus Professor
at Osmania University attended the special flight during the solar
The Principal Investigator of the
project is Dr. Gopa Dutta of Anwarul Uloom College, Hyderabad and
the Co-investigator is Dr. H. Aleem Basha of MANUU, Hyderabad.
The project is funded by ISRO.