As many as 256 participants observed the night sky through a high-powered telescope at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) today evening. The observation of celestial bodies was organised as a part of ‘Night Sky Tourism’ launched recently by the State Government. The programme was organised by Department of Science and Technology, Government of Rajasthan in collaboration with JKK. Viewers had the opportunity to observe the planets, the moon and stars which would generally not be visible to the naked eye. A special resource person operating the telescope shared myriad of stories and facts regarding the heavenly bodies for the knowledge and benefit of the viewers.
Director General, JKK, Ms. Mugdha Sinha said that Rajasthan is the first State in the country that has started astronomy-based night tourism. ‘Night Sky Tourism’ was inaugurated by the Minister of Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. B.D. Kalla and Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan, Shri Niranjan Arya at the Secretariat on Thursday evening. An annual astronomical calendar has also been launched. This instrument will be rotated in different locations allowing visitors both foreign and domestic to benefit from this facility.