Sariska, October 29, 2014: Thirty eight students of the Space Club of Apeejay School, Pitampura were selected for the trip and were joined by the fellow teachers – Mrs. Sarita Sharma, Ms. Pubaly Deb and Mrs. Natasha. The two-day trip to Astroport, Sariska proved to be a success due to the enthusiastic input from the students, and continuing support from the guides and teachers of Astroport.
The purpose of the trip was to provide the students with practical knowledge of using telescope, and to give them an insight into our vast universe, to make them aware of the various stars, constellations, planets and also to teach them how to track and spot them in the sky. The itinerary provided a good mix of education and free time. This allowed the entire group to learn a lot about light pollution and our universe. Staying up all night and giving up sleep was totally worth the treasured experience.
Students were taken to the observation ground to spot Mars which was about to set. They also witnessed the moon like never before, the craters were clearly visible. Around 10 p.m. students gathered in the observation area to conquer the sky by tracking and spotting stars and constellations one after another. At 2:30 am, the students were divided into groups and were taught how to use telescope efficiently. Then the groups were given the task to spot the famous stars, planets and constellations like Sirius, Vega, Jupiter, Orion, Andromeda and many more. By 3:30 am approx., the interesting and informative activity ended and the students were given some time to rest.
On the whole the trip provided a great learning experience for the students as well as the teachers.