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).

Ongoing 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** Video Link#
1. Overview of the Sun Prof. Dipankar Banerjee August 05, 2017 Lectures 1 & 2
2. Solar interior and atmosphere
3. Helioseismology Prof. Rajaguru August 12, 2017 Lectures 3 & 4
4. Sounding the Sun
5. Solar Radio observations Prof. R. Ramesh August 19, 2017 Lectures 5 & 6
6. Solar Radio observations
7. Solar system planets Prof. Sujan Senguptha September 30, 2017 Lectures 7 & 8
8. Extra-solar planets
9. Star formation and evolution Prof. Aruna Goswami September 02, 2017 Lectures 9 & 10
10. Star formation and evolution
11. Stellar spectroscopy Prof. Gajendra Pandey September 09, 2017 Lectures 11 & 12
12. Stellar spectroscopy
13. Stellar exposions - Nova, supernova, GRBs Prof. G. C. Anupama September 16, 2017 Lectures 13 & 14
14. Stellar exposions - Nova, supernova, GRBs
15. CMB and Cosmology Prof. Pravabati Chingangbam September 23, 2017 Lectures 15 & 16
16. WMAP - black holes and the universe
17. Active Galactic Nuclei Prof. Stalin November 04, 2017 Lectures 17 & 18
18. Active Galactic Nuclei
19. Introduction to Infra-red astronomy Prof. Muthumariappan October 07, 2017 Lectures 19 & 20
20. Introduction to Infra-red astronomy
21. Overcoming turbulence in the atmosphere Dr. Sridharan October 14, 2017 Lectures 21 & 22
22. Overcoming turbulence in the atmosphere
23. Design of optical telescopes Prof. Padmakar Parihar October 21, 2017 Lectures 23 & 24
24. Design of optical telescopes
25. Radio telescopes, aperture synthesis and radio receivers Prof. R. Ramesh October 28, 2017 Lectures 25 & 26
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.
# - Lecture Videos : The live video of the lecture can be viewed using the link between 2:00 and 5:30 PM on the scheduled date; the link to view the video offline shall be provided as and when the processed video is available.

Upcoming event(s)

India International Science Festival (IISF) 2017 precursor event at IIA - September 09, 2017

The Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, National Institute of Ocean Technology and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) have come together and have been organizing the India International Science Festival (IISF) since 2015. This year, the 3rd India International Science Festival (IISF) is going to be held during 13-16 October, 2017 at IIT-Madras, Anna University and CSIR-CLRI, Chennai. Kindly visit the IISF official page for further details. As a precursor to that event IIA is organizing an outreach program for school and college students on September 9, 2017 at IIA. The nearby Government schools and college students are invited to attend. Similar outreach programs shall be conducted at VBO, Kavalur on September 13, 2017 and at KSO, Kodaikanal also.

The program at IIA is as given below.

Program : IISF-2017 precursor event at IIA on September 9, 2017

Time Description
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM Coelostat & Science Experiments IIA Volunteers
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Tea break
11:15 AM - 11:40 AM Q & A session for students IIA PhD scholars
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Presentation on IIA facilities Dr. Lalitha Sairam
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Keynote speech + demo on Robotic kits Mr. P. Sridhar & his team of school students
01:00 PM - 01:20 PM Prize distribution and feedback session Students & teachers
01:20 PM - 02:00 PM Lunch Students, teachers & volunteers
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM Outreach lectures I & II Prof. Gajendra Pandey

Past / Recent event(s)

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.

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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  • 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