The primary goal of public outreach at IIA is to increase public awareness of the activities being carried out by the astronomers here. We expect that this awareness will not only engender a passion for science, but also decrease the chasm that appears to be present between the science-practitioners and the non-practitioners. We believe that every human being is intrinsically wired to look up at the sky and experience an immense sense of awe. The vastness of the Universe can make one feel both humble and small, yet extremely powerful as one begins to understand how it works.

The information about Public lectures by astronomers, Sky Watches with IIA Telescopes, and Answers to your Scientific queries may be found on this webpage.

Visiting IIA and its observatories

Interested School / College to visit IIA and its observatories, kindly fill the request form.

The public outreach members can be reached at "outreach@iiap.res.in".

Our team to visit your Institution

kindly fill in the form for our outreach team to visit your school / college (preferably within Bangalore).

Upcoming event(s)

Ongoing event(s)

Past / Recent event(s)

National Science Day - February 28, 2018

In India, the National Science Day is celebrated, by almost all educational institutions, on February 28 every year in remembrance of the discovery of "Raman Effect" by Sir C. V. Raman. This year at IIA, the public outreach committee has decided to magnify the program for accommodating more number of science experiments in order to elucidate the underlying physics concepts to school children and the general public, on the National Science Day. Therefore, the program is reorganized such that the main programs be conducted on the National Science Day (i.e. on February 28, 2018) and the rest on February 03, 2018 (called the NSD precursor). The programs for the precursor and the National Science Day are as tabulated below.

Program : NSD-2018 precursor event at IIA on February 3, 2018

Time Description Organized by
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Drawing & Painting competition* IIA Volunteers
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Essay writing competition* IIA Volunteers
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM Refreshments
11:20 AM - 01:00 PM Speech competition* IIA Volunteers
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Lunch and closure
* - The competitions are meant for the children from invited schools.

Program : NSD-2018 main program at IIA on February 28, 2018

Time Description Remarks
Morning Session*
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Breakfast
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM Demonstration of basic physics experiments by IIA Volunteers
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM Visit to Coelostat setup & Photonics division by IIA Volunteers
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Refreshments
11:15 PM - 12:00 PM Scientific Talk Prof. U. S. Kamath
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Quiz competition & Prize distribution by IIA Volunteers
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Lunch
Evening Session
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM Demonstration of basic physics experiments for general public
05:15 PM - 05:30 PM Tea / Coffee break
05:30 PM - 06:45 PM Public outreach lecture by Prof. P. R. Vishwanath (Topic : Science through the ages**) for general Public
06:45 PM - 08:30 PM Evening sky-watch for general Public
* - The programs in the morning session are meant for the children from invited schools
** - The poster for the public lecture can be downloaded from here; Kindly fill up the registration form to attend the lecture

Total Lunar Eclipse - January 31, 2018

You would have heard of or read about Blue Moon, Copper Moon, Super Moon through magazines, news channels, etc.

The name Super Moon is given for a full Moon when the Moon happens to be at its closest approach to Earth.

If full Moons occur twice a calendar month, then it is called a Blue Moon (as such the name has got nothing to do with blue colour). It occurs approximately once in every 2.7 years.

This year, there is going to be a Total Lunar Eclipse on January 31. Interestingly, the Moon is going to be a Super and Blue Moon on that day. This is a rare phenomenon as a similar event took place about 150 years ago. Therefore, the Public Outreach committee of Indian institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore has decided to organize a public eclipse watch program (for free of cost on the small hillock at Lalbagh botanical garden on January 31, 2018 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM) in order to create scientific awareness among the general public about the cause for eclipses. Please take part, witness and understand the science behind the rare celestial phenomenon, with your family and friends.

For more details about the eclipse, please go through the following links:
Path Map :https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2018-january-31

Link to videos of lectures given by Prof. G. Srinivasan

  1. ICTS SUMMER COURSE 2017 - A journey through the Universe
  2. Stellar Remnants
  3. Physics of Neutron Star Interior
  4. Spinning up a Neutron Star
  5. Black Holes I
  6. Black Holes II