Astronomical night sky observation camp to observe the Mars at its closest approach – 2018.07.31 from 7.00 – 10.00 p.m. at the Science Faculty premises near the playground of Colombo University
All members of the staff are welcome!
(Please do not come if the sky is cloudy)
The planet Mars, the only planet whose surface we can see using ground based telescopes (except for tiny Mercury) is coming closer to the Earth on 31st of July 2018 after 15 years. Last seen this closer was on 2003 and next closest is 2020 and super closest is on 2035. These days we can also view the planets Saturn, Jupiter and Venus in a “long arc across the sky from east to west” shortly after sunset. The Astronomy and Space Science Unit of the Department of Physics, jointly with the Astronomical Society of Colombo University is planning to have an astronomical night sky astronomical observation camp on 31st July 2018 to watch Planet Mars as well as other planets from 7.00 p.m. till 10.00 p.m. in the Faculty of Science premises near the astronomical observatory. We hope to use the new telescope donated to us recently by Colombo University Faculty of Science Alumni Association(CUFSAA) in USA for this event and also open this event to the university dons, students and to the general public. Please do not attend if the sky is cloudy.
The Colombo University Astronomical Society will conduct another two astronomical night sky observation camps jointly with the Committee for the popularization of Science of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science on August 1st at the Vijitha Madya Maha Vidyalaya in Pollonnaruwa and on August 2nd at the Sinhala Madya Maha Vidyalaya in Trincolamlee open to the school children and to the general public form 7.00-9.00 p.m.
All Are Welcome!