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SubmitterdollyAdminMore Photos from dollyAdmin   Last Update2016/3/17 15:31
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On Saturday 05 March, 2016 the students of VI & VII classes had an enjoyable day as they had been asked to stay back after 1430hrs as the school Director had organized a star gazing evening which was conducted by Dr. Prabodh Deshmukh a retired Physicst who is always keen to share his knowledge with the students. At 1340 hrs the students alongwith the teachers were driven down to the Gorewada forest where they were taken on a round by one of the forest staff Asmita who was very courteous and walked with the students and the teachers. After sometime the students wanted to have their  snacks so they sat down to eat their second tiffin. After the break they started walking and singing ‘Hum Hoonge kamyab’ and kept on moving.  As soon as they reached near a water body they could feel the difference in the air so Rashmi Sinha their Science teacher explained to them the scientific reason for the difference in the temperature, after a while when the children were exhausted we took a turn and walked back to the school.  The children washed their faces and after getting refreshed started playing. Around 1730hrs the students all sat on the steps class wise with their respected teachers waiting for Deshmukh Sir, in the meantime the school Counsellor started singing songs from the diary and in a short while Deshmukh Sir alongwith the school Director walked in and the students greeted them. In the meantime the geography teacher Francis made the students sit in such a way that all of them could see the various stars. At first Deshmukh Sir explained to the students about what they would be watching in the sky. All of us were eagerly waiting for the sunset and after that we were waiting for darkness.  Lights were switched off and then came the much awaited stars, Dr. Deshmukh explained the following to the students in a very simple manner and showed the various stars with their names.
As we know that the sun rises in the east every morning and sets in the west every evening. Sunrise and sunset give us the impression that the sun moves around the Earth. The Earth moves both on its axis and in its elliptical orbit around the sun just like the other planets in the solar system. These two movements of the Earth are called Rotation and Revolution. The Earth takes 365 days and 6 hrs to complete one revolution around the sun. The Earth completes one rotation in about 24 hrs. At the angle of 15° in one hour and every point on the Earth experiences day and night during the period of Earth’s one Rotation.
The solar system of the sun at the centre and eight planets which revolve around the sun. Besides the planets there are much smaller bodies called the satellites. The sun moves from east to west and Earth rotates from west to east. Our solar system consists of a number of heavenly bodies including the sun, the planets revolving around it and their satellites. The vastness of the universe is unimaginable. It has a number if stars, Millions of stars such as the sun are grouped together to be called a galaxy. The stars we see in the night sky are heavenly bodies that radiate heat and light when a large group of stars form a particular pattern it is called a constellation. The sun is also a star. It appears bigger and brighter than the other stars because it is much closer to us than the other stars. The pole star is located almost directly above the North pole and is the biggest star in the night sky, it shows the north direction.
1. Ursa major Star – Saptarishi
2. Cassopeia Star – Sarmishatra
3. Orion Star- Mriger Nakshatra
4. Siripus Star- Vgadh (brightest)
5. Andebaren Star – Rohini
6. Pleades(group of stars) – Kritika
7. North Pole Star – Uttar Dhruvtara
By the time the students were being shown the parents had come to pick their ward and they were also asked to join the star gazing. After a while the programme came to an end. The whole idea was that what the students learn in their text books needs to be explained to them practically and then it always leaves its memories which each student has it till the end.

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