The first ever Celestial Magic Show brought to you by S.P.A.C.E. & Nehru Planetarium on National Science Day

On the occasion of the National Science Day which is celebrated every year on the 28th of Feb, SPACE in association with Nehru Planetarium, Delhi organized a Space Fair featuring a Celestial Magic Show, a unique magic show with an astronomy theme. In addition there were many other activities that got students of all ages, their parents and teachers actively involved. Each activity covered a unique concept of astronomy and brought out the fun of science.

New Delhi, Delhi, February 28, 2009 /India PRwire/ -- S.P.A.C.E. reached yet another milestone in science popularization on National Science day by presenting the first ever Celestial Magic Show [A magic show based on Astronomy]. This innovative method, conceptualized by Sachin Bahmba, General Secretary, SPACE and executed by Isamudin, a renowned magician, was the highlight of the SPACE fair. For the first time, this medium was used to popularize Astronomy.

“The magic show was a very nice way of befriending children and luring them to science” said Dr N Rathnasree, Director, Nehru Planetarium. In addition she appreciated the effort of all volunteers and the festive look that the planetarium wore on the occasion of this Space Fair.

The magic show drew thunderous applause from children and their parents every time a magic trick interwoven with an astronomy concept was unveiled before their eyes. Given the emphatic response for the Celestial Magic Show, it has been planned that that this unique and innovative show will travel the world under the banner of SPACE.

In addition to the Celestial Magic Show, there were various other equally innovative and interesting activities planned for the Space Fair. These included

  • “I am Galileo” an activity to assemble a telescope similar to what Galileo used 400 years ago,
  • “International Time Line” an activity to understand the change of dates on our planet,
  • “Live Sundial” and “Time Machine” a demonstration to tell the time by standing in the sun and looking at your shadow,
  • “Dancing Planets” an activity to replicate the tilts of different planets,
  • “Drive Your Own Planets” an activity to understand the shape of the orbits of different planets,
  • “Eggnaut Landing on Mars” a fun filled activity to land an egg on the surface of Mars by padding it,
  • “Make Your Pinhole Camera and Spectroscope” a model making competition for kids and parents to make a simple pinhole camera from scrap material and
  • “Ring Side view of the Sun” a never before seen view of our very own Sun through a special H-alpha telescope.

All these activities had very enthusiastic participation from kids of all ages including their parents and teachers. There were many prizes to be won which included Space cards and other Astronomy aides. Information about how to view the Total Solar Eclipse occurring on 22nd July and the safe methods of viewing it were also available. More than 500 participants attended and celebrated the event. Some of the schools that participated in the event were Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar, Bal Bharti Public School, Noida, Dharm Public School, Gr Noida, Our Lady of Fatima, Gurgaon etc.

In the end, the event was a great success and everyone from the organizers to the participants thoroughly enjoyed the day and had a lot of fun while learning so much about our Universe at the same time!!

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Notes to Editor

SPACE Group is a group of companies doing pioneer work in the field of astronomy and space science. It has ventured into astronomy and space sciences products, services, software and educational material. It is the first company to develop and implement astronomy and space science modules and activities in the schools all over India. Space caters to various market segments including Corporate, Educational Institutes, Universities and Individuals. The philanthropic wing of the group known as Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) is one of the most active agencies popularising astronomy and space science among the masses. Space activities and hands on experimental procedures find mention in text books of various national and international universities. SPACE has developed astronomy centers in all over India which host the various activities of the organization. Such centers have been developed in schools, tourism corporation properties of states of Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. SPACE is working to tie up with Hotels and resorts all over India to provide astronomy activities as the regular activity for the guest.

SPACE has introduced Astro-Tourism in the tourism industry of India and the present focus is to develop Astro-Tourism as a premier business & employment opportunity for the masses. The demand for such tourism has surged amongst the masses by the continuous efforts of the organization.

For pictures of the event, please contact Swati Sinha at swatis@stepl.org

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