Celestia is the Astronomy and Astrophysics club of BITS Pilani Goa Campus and no, they are not a a group of students who simply strain their necks looking at nothing in particular in the night sky, as is the popular perception. They are an extremely talented and dedicated bunch whose sole aim is to promote astronomy and astrophysics in the the campus. The club which has members across all years is on a never ending quest to find answers to: What is the cosmos?
Why are we here? Why is the cosmos the way it is? and other such fundamental questions.
The Club, which was formed in 2009, periodically organizes Lectures Guest Talks by eminent physicists scientists from IUCAA, TIFR, NASA, ISRO, CERN. Apart from this it also holds observational tours. In spring of 2012, the club organized its first all night star observation session in collaboration with AFA (Association for Friends of Astronomy) in Goa. To themselves update about regular developments in the field, they also have a Student Lecture Series- where members of the club take lectures on current topics of their own interests like quantum tunneling , Meisser objects, Einstein equations, dark matter dark energy,etc. To its credit the club organized one of its mega events Storming Aurora on 18th November this year on campus where eminent researchers like Dr Dan Werthimer, co- founder of SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), Dr Urvashi Rao, Assistant Scientist at National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)-New Mexico, Prof. Subhendra Mohanty, professor at the Physical Research Laboratory-Ahmedabad, Dr Ramesh Koul (HOD Astrophysics, BARC), Pushkar Vaidya-head of IARC (Indian Astrobiology Research Centre), Niruj Mohan Ramanujam-from the team which controls the GMRT (Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope) near Pune, spoke about their fields of interest. To know more about Storming Aurora refer to this article.
Celestia recently uncovered its very first astronomy astrophysics based magazine which is now live on Scribd called – “Cosmic Times”, a copy of which is available in the library. An online copy is also available for download: http://www.scribd.com/doc/113779560/Cosmic-Times
Do visit Celestia’s official website: http://celestiaclub.org/ for more updates and to appreciate the great scientific fervor and dedication shown by this group of thinkers.BITS Pilani Goa Campus, national radio astronomy observatory, Association for Friends of Astronomy, astronomy and astrophysics, Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope, astronomy astrophysics <BR/>