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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

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

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


Upcoming event(s)


Introductory course on Astronomy and Astrophysics

With an intention to introduce astronomy and astrophysics at a rudimentary level to the students, IIA is going to organize an outreach lecture series on Saturdays, between 02:00 PM and 05:00 PM, starting from August 5, 2017. The faculty of IIA will be giving the lectures as per the schedule given below. Interested students, irrespective of discipline, can attend the lectures, by filling up the registration form. There is no registration fee.


Schedule : Introductory course on Astronomy and Astrophysics

Lecture Title* Mentor Date**
1. Overview of the Sun Prof. Dipankar Banerjee August 05, 2017
2. Solar interior and atmosphere
3. Helioseismology Prof. Rajaguru August 12, 2017
4. Sounding the Sun
5. Solar Radio observations Prof. R. Ramesh August 19, 2017
6. Solar Radio observations
7. Solar system planets Prof. Sujan Senguptha August 26, 2017
8. Extra-solar planets
9. Star formation and evolution Prof. Aruna Goswami September 02, 2017
10. Star formation and evolution
11. Stellar exposions - Nova, supernova, GRBs Prof. G. C. Anupama September 09, 2017
12. Stellar exposions - Nova, supernova, GRBs
13. Stellar spectroscopy Prof. Gajendra Pandey September 16, 2017
14. Stellar spectroscopy
15. CMB and Cosmology Prof. Pravabati Chingangbam September 23, 2017
16. WMAP - black holes and the universe
17. Active Galactic Nuclei Prof. Stalin September 30, 2017
18. Active Galactic Nuclei
19. Introduction to Infra-red astronomy Prof. Muthumariappan October 07, 2017
20. Introduction to Infra-red astronomy
21. Overcoming turbulence in the atmosphere Dr. Sridharan October 14, 2017
22. Overcoming turbulence in the atmosphere
23. Design of optical telescopes Prof. Padmakar Parihar October 21, 2017
24. Design of optical telescopes
25. Radio telescopes, aperture synthesis and radio receivers Prof. R. Ramesh October 28, 2017
26. Radio telescopes, aperture synthesis and radio receivers
* - There will be two lectures either with the same title or with two different titles on the scheduled date.
** - Lecture timing : 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM; Although it is unlikely, there could be changes in the dates if unavoidable.



Founder's day outreach program - August 10, 2017

IIA celebrates its Founder's day on August 10 every year in remembrance of Prof. M. K. Vainu Bappu (August 10, 1927 – August 19, 1982) who had established the Institute in 1971. Also, he had envisaged and laid the founding stone for an indigenous 2.34 meter optical telescope at Kavalur in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu which was to be the Asia's biggest optical telescope in the last century. Unfortunately, he could not live to see it completed. The telescope was inaugurated by the then prime minister Shri. Rajiv Gandhi on January 6, 1986. The Kavalur observatory and 2.34 meter telescope were formally named after Vainu Bappu on that occasion. In the spirit of fostering indigenous development, the public outreach committee is organizing a one-day program for engineering graduates to impart information on the available career opportunities in the field of Astronomical Instrumentation. Participants will learn about IIA's existing and upcoming observing facilities. Our ongoing research and developmental activities will be the highlights of the program.

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Past / most recent event(s)


Teacher training program

The objective of this program is to introduce the basic principles of optics to school teachers who in turn can familiarize the same to their students. Since the principles of optics are extensively applied / used in the field of astronomy, the present program is organized to cover the basic concepts through presentations and through elaborate hands-on sessions. IIA faculties shall give the presentations and PhD students shall help the teachers to carry out the basic optics experiments.

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