USTM Facilitated Solar Eclipse Observation for Children
A Child Watching Solar
Eclipse through the high end telescope of USTM in Guwahati
on 26 December 2019
GUWAHATI, 26th December
2019: The Astro-Science Centre and Observatory of the
University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) has
organized observation of the most spectacular event of the
year, the Annular Solar Eclipse in the campus of ERD
Foundation in the Bhetapara area of the city. The event that
occurred today morning was captured very closely and safely
through high-end telescope of USTM and was participated by
children, college students as well as common people.
Dr Nitu Borgohain, Assistant Prof of Physics, USTM guided
the sky viewers during the entire observation session along
with his senior students. “A partial eclipse with 38% of
obscuration of the Sun was visible from Guwahati city when
the Moon covered the Sun partially during the morning time
from 8:39 am to 11:36 am”, said Dr Borgohain.
Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM was also present during
the solar eclipse observation. Addressing the media persons
he said, “Being a science and technology university, it is
our duty to take active steps for the promotion of science
among the children and youth of the region. I am happy that
the Physics department has come up with this new idea of
facilitating such sky observation for the children”.
“I was greatly excited to watch this rare celestial event. I
thank USTM for organizing the same for the benefit and
creation of scientific awareness among children like us,”
said Urshita Das, a class VIII student who participated in
the event of solar eclipse observation.
“I appreciate and congratulate the efforts on the part of
the USTM Physics team in imparting knowledge on such events
to the youngsters. This will definitely put a positive and
everlasting impact on their minds. I urge upon the
management and the scientific team of USTM to come up with
more of such events in the near future”, said Dr MMR Kazi
who came with his two children to watch the event at ERDF.