USTM Facilitated Solar Eclipse
Observation for Children
A Child Watching Solar Eclipse through the high
end telescope of USTM in Guwahati on 26 December
GUWAHATI, 26th December 2019: The Astro-Science
Centre and Observatory of the University of
Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) has
organized observation of the most spectacular
event of the year, the Annular Solar Eclipse in
the campus of ERD Foundation in the Bhetapara
area of the city. The event that occurred today
morning was captured very closely and safely
through high-end telescope of USTM and was
participated by children, college students as
well as common people.
Dr Nitu Borgohain, Assistant Prof of Physics,
USTM guided the sky viewers during the entire
observation session along with his senior
students. “A partial eclipse with 38% of
obscuration of the Sun was visible from Guwahati
city when the Moon covered the Sun partially
during the morning time from 8:39 am to 11:36
am”, said Dr Borgohain.
Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM was also
present during the solar eclipse observation.
Addressing the media persons he said, “Being a
science and technology university, it is our
duty to take active steps for the promotion of
science among the children and youth of the
region. I am happy that the Physics department
has come up with this new idea of facilitating
such sky observation for the children”.
“I was greatly excited to watch this rare
celestial event. I thank USTM for organizing the
same for the benefit and creation of scientific
awareness among children like us,” said Urshita
Das, a class VIII student who participated in
the event of solar eclipse observation.
“I appreciate and congratulate the efforts on
the part of the USTM Physics team in imparting
knowledge on such events to the youngsters. This
will definitely put a positive and everlasting
impact on their minds. I urge upon the
management and the scientific team of USTM to
come up with more of such events in the near
future”, said Dr MMR Kazi who came with his two
children to watch the event at ERDF.