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Mar 30, 2006 12:28 AM IST

SKY GAZERS went to Indira Gandhi Planetarium and Regional Science Centre to witness the solar eclipse. They were able to watch the celestial event with the help of telescopes, goggles, filters especially distributed on the occasion.

SKY GAZERS went to Indira Gandhi Planetarium and Regional Science Centre to witness the solar eclipse.

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They were able to watch the celestial event with the help of telescopes, goggles, filters especially distributed on the occasion.

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Sir, why do people prefer to stay inside their homes on such ocassions? Why people ask us not to eat anything during the eclipse? were some questions asked by children, students and parents at the Regional Science Centre on Wednesday.

Solar eclipse was witnessed with a maximum obscuration of 11.72 per cent. Hundreds of students reached Regional Science Centre Aliganj, and Indira Gandhi Planetarium with their parents well before the start of eclipse. Which started at 4.41 p.m. and reached its peak at 5.21 p.m. The eclipse concluded at 5.58 p.m.

Regional Science Centre Project Coordinator  S Kumar  said, “We provided telescopic, projection screens for safe viewing. The Centre organised a five-panel  exhibition.

“I don’t believe in the astrological predictions of celestial events, such as solar eclipse,” said education assistant Ram Kumar. He added, “Solar eclipse cannot change your life, it  has nothing to do with the happenings around the world, some years ago all the planets well aligned in a line, Red Planet passed near the earth,  astrologers predicted many things, nothing happened.” 

“Students have shown keen interest in the event they have asked a lot of questions based on superstitions and old beliefs, but I tell them to take it scientifically,” said Ram Kumar.

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