Archive for December, 2012

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BBC Tamilosai had recently interviewed Dr.S.Soundararajaperumal, Director, Tamilnadu Science & Technology Centre, Chennai, on the topic of impact of NASA’s Artificial Satellites on the Moon and the Mayan Calendar.

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"The Milner Foundation announced on Tuesday that the British cosmologist
Stephen Hawking and a team of seven scientists at CERN, the European
research center for particle physics, had won a pair of $3-million


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While many pundits and prognosticators lament the supposed end of the world on December 21, 2012 (thanks to misinterpreting Mayan predictions), here at the ASP we encourage everyone to go in the opposite – and accurate — direction. Thus, we are declaring December 12, 2012 as Anti-Doomsday Day in celebration of rational thinking and reasoned discourse.

We also feel that, in many respects, the number 12 is most auspicious: contemporary calendars (12 months in the year), chronology (12 hours of day and night), traditional zodiac (12 astrological signs*), Greek mythology (12 Olympic gods and goddesses), holiday folklore (12 days of Christmas), Shakespeare (Twelfth Night), and of course in our culinary world (dozen eggs, case of wine)!

More importantly, in astronomy Mars is 12 light minutes from the Sun, the average temperature of the Earth is 12 degrees Celsius, and Jupiter takes 12 years to orbit the Sun.

Last but not least, this date structure — a triple set of the same two-digit number — will not occur again until 2112! So, at 12 noon on 12/12/12, please take a moment to thank all who keep us on the path of science literacy.


Check out some great “Anti-Doomsday” resources here:



NASA – Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End:



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Full text of the research papers published in November 2012 can be accessed from Indian Institute of Astrophysics Repository.

Garcia-Hernandez, D. A., Kameswara Rao, N., Lambert, D. L, 2012, High-resolution Optical Spectroscopy of DY Cen: Diffuse Interstellar Bands in a Proto-fullerene Circumstellar Environment?, ApJL, 759, L21

Krishna Prasad, S., Banerjee, D., Singh, J, 2012, Oscillations in active region fan loops: observations from EIS/Hinode and AIA/SDO, SoPh. 281, 67

Lebzelter, T., Heiter, U., Abia, C., Eriksson, K., Ireland, M., Neilson, H., Nowotny, W., Maldonado, J., Merle, T., Peterson, R., Plez, B., Short, C. I., Wahlgren, G. M., Worley, C., Aringer, B., Bladh, S., de Laverny, P., Goswami, A., Mora, A., Norris, R. P., Recio-Blanco, A., Scholz, M., Thevenin, F., Tsuji, T., Kordopatis, G., Montesinos, B., Wing, R. F, 2012, Comparative modelling of the spectra of cool giants, A&A, 547, A108

Mallick, K. K., Ojha, D. K., Samal, M. R., Pandey, A. K., Bhatt, B. C., Ghosh, S. K., Dewangan, L. K., Tamura, M, 2012, Star Formation Activity in the Galactic H II Region Sh2-297, ApJ, 759, 48

Nirupam Roy., Kantharia, N. G., Eyres, S. P. S., Anupama, G. C., Bode, M. F., Prabhu, T. P., O’Brien, T. J, 2012, An H I shell-like structure associated with nova V458 Vulpeculae?, MNRAS Letters, 427, L55

Parvathi, V. S., Sofia, U. J., Murthy, J., Babu, B. R. S, 2012, Probing the Role of Carbon in Ultraviolet Extinction along Galactic Sight Lines, ApJ, 760, 36

Resmi, L., Misra, K., Johannesson, G., Castro-Tirado, A. J., Gorosabel, J., Jelınek, M., Bhattacharya, D., Kubanek, P., Anupama, G. C., Sota, A., Sahu, D. K., de Ugarte Postigo, A., Pandey, S. B., Sanchez-Ramırez, R., Bremer, M., Sagar, R, 2012, Comprehensive multiwavelength modelling of the afterglow of GRB 050525A, MNRAS, 427, 288

Tanti, K. K., Jayashree Roy., Duorah, K, 2012, Spectral energy distributions and age estimates of 40 massive young stellar objects, AASP, 2, 139


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List of Books Displayed on 30th Nov 2012

1  Al-Khalili, Jim

Black holes, wormholes, and time machines.–2nd ed.–

Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2012.


2 Bottcher, Markus, Harris, Daniel E. and Krawczynski,

Henric, eds.,

Relativistic jets from active galactic nuclei.– Weinheim

: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2012.


3 Cengel, Yunus A. and Ghajar, Afshin J.

Heat and mass transfer: fundamentals and applications .–

4 ed., 2nd rep. ed.– New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill

Education Private Limited, 2012.


4 Duffett-Smith, Peter and Zwart, Jonathan

Practical astronomy with your calculator or spreadsheet.-

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.


5 Feigelson, Eric D. and Jogesh Babu, G.

Modern statistical methods for astronomy: with R

applications.– Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,



6 Aoki, Wako…[et al.] eds.,

Galactic archaeology: near-field cosmology and the

formation of the milky way.–Proceedings of the

conference held at Shuzenji, Japan on November1-4 2011 —

— San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2012.


7 Ghosh, Ajay and Choudhary, Debesh, eds.,

Trends in optics and photonics-II.– Proceedings of

International conference held on December 7-8, 2011,

Kolkata, India..-Kolkata: Department of Applied

optics and photonics, University of Calcutta, 2011


8 Incropera, Frank P…[et al.]

Principles of heat and mass transfer.–7th ed.–

Singapore: John Wiley & Sons, 2011.


9 India Meteorological Department

The Indian astronomical ephemeris for the year 2013 [With

CD].– Delhi: The Controller of Publications, 2013.


10 Jensen, Joseph B…[et al.] eds.,

Connecting people to science: a National conference on

science education and public outreach.–Proceedings of a

conference held at Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 30 July-3

August 2011.–San Francisco: Astronomical Society

of the Pacific, 2012.


11 Mizon, Bob

Stargazers’ almanac 2012: monthly guide to the stars and

planets.– Edinburgh: Floris books, 2011.


12 Montelle, Clemency

Chasing shadows: mathematics, astronomy, and the early

history of eclipse reckoning.– Baltimore: The John

Hopkins University Press, 2011.


13 Moore, Patrick and Mason, John, eds.,

Patrick Moore’s yearbook of astronomy 2012: special 50th

anniversary edition.– London: Macmillan, 2011.


14 Rothery, David A., McBride, Neil and Gilmour, Iain., eds.,

An introduction to the solar system.–rev. ed.–

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.


15 Rubio, Luis R. Bellot, Reale, Fabio and Carlsson, Mats,


4th hinode science meeting: unsolved problems and recent

insights.–Proceedings of a conference held at Mondello,

Palermo, Italy 11-15 October 2010— San Francisco:

Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2012.


16 Satya Narayanan, A.

An introduction to waves and oscillations in the Sun.–

New York: Springer, 2013.


17 Stedall, Jacqueline

The history of mathematics: a very short introduction.–

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.


18 Subramaniam, Annapurni and Anathpindika, Sumedh., eds.

Recent advances in star formation: observations and theory

,(part of the silver jubilee celebrations of the Vainu

Bappu Telescope) Indian Institute of Astrophysics,

Bengaluru, India. June 28-July 01, 2011.– Bengaluru:

Astronomical Society of India, 2012.


19 Williams, Thomas R. and Saladyga, Michael

Advancing variable star astronomy: the centennial history

of the American association of variable star observers.–

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.


20 Zirker, J. B.

The magnetic universe: the elusive traces of an invisible

force.– Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press,



21 Title: Advanced wavefront sensing algorithms in astronomical

adaptive optical systems: a thesis submitted for the

degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the faculty of science.

Author: Vyas, Akondi

Guide: Prof.B.Raghavendra Prasad

Univ/Fac: Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Pub.Plc: Bangalore

Publishr: Indian Institute of Science

Pub.Dt: 2012


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