Two Astronomy labs one each at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Leh, and Kargil were e-inaugurated by Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India Prof. K VijayRaghavan and Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh Shri R K Mathur on March 26, 2021.

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Principal Scientific Adviser and LG Ladakh inaugurated two astronomy labs at Leh & Kargil

These Astronomy labs were established in collaboration with the Office of PSA with support from the administration of Union Territory of Ladakh, Shiv Nadar Foundation, Spark Astronomy, IORA Ecological Solutions and Life Lab Foundation.

(Source: Official Twitter Handle of the Office of Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh @lg_ladakh)

PSA Prof. VijayRaghavan spoke about the rich legacy that India holds in the history of Astronomy citing Aryabhata and the importance of such labs in inspiring the children. He said, the labs at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Leh and Kargil will be accessible to the public and will create awareness about the rich natural resources of Ladakh embedded in the region’s clear, dark skies.

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Photos of newly established astronomy labs in Leh and Kargil

Lt. Governor said that environment protection was one of the aspirations of Ladakhi people in the newly formed UT of Ladakh. He said that the setting up of these astronomy labs is a culmination of this thought towards a practical understanding of the extra-ordinary clean environment of Ladakh.

These astronomy labs would benefit school children and youth at large and are a key stepping-stone towards promoting astronomy and space education in the country.
 

(Source: Aryan Mishra)

The labs are a precursor to the establishment of Dark Sky Sanctuary(ies) at Ladakh that will facilitate both scholarship and Astro-tourism in the Union territory of Ladakh. The idea conceived to convert Hanle into a dark sky sanctuary was shared during the e-inauguration as well.

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Comet Neowise captured from village Spituk, Ladakh.  (Pic courtesy: Dorje Angchuk @dorje1974)

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