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Friday, January 15, 2010 07:36:13 PM, Staff Reporter

Picture taken at Rameshwaram using an H-alpha filter and at the middle of the eclipse.

(Photo: Piyush Pande)

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Malegaon: 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 noon.


Vice Chancellor 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 eclipse.


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.






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