Kolkata, Nov 6 : The Guinness World Record for the largest astrophysics lesson (45 minutes) and assembly of spectroscopes was successfully achieved at the Science City here on the first day of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019 with the participation of over 1,598 students.
Astronomers use spectroscopes to know details like temperature, chemical composition, etc. of celestial objects hundreds or millions of light years away from us. A small personal model of advanced spectroscopes can easily be made by anyone using a box made of cardboard that has a very narrow window used to channel light into the spectroscope.
A piece of a Compact Disc is used to split the light by a process called diffraction. This attempt is dedicated to Meghnad Saha and C. V. Raman. The host city of the 5th IISF-2019 is home to renowned scientific institutions that have been the workplace of pioneering scientists who gave shape to science in India. IISF is the largest science festival in the world.
The theme for this year’s festival is RISEN India –Research, Innovation and Science Empowering the Nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday inaugurated via video conference, the 5th India International Science Festival here.
Addressing on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the theme of the festival “RISEN: Research, Innovation and Science Empowering the Nation” reflects the aspirations of 21st century India.
He said science and technology has a major impact on society, and therefore the government is providing the Institutional Support for both Invention and Innovation.
Advocating for a strong ecosystem supporting Science and Technology, he said every effort is being taken to support innovation in the country. In this context, he mentioned that over 5 thousand Atal Tinkering Labs, more than 200 Atal Incubation centres have been established.
The Prime Minister said, “We need to think as to how science can be helpful in making our living easy. And that’s why science for society has a great relevance. When every scientist and citizen shall think and act on these lines, then the country would advance.” (UNI)