The Times of India | TNN | February 16, 2016 |
Thiruvananthapuram: Budding astronomers in the capital city will now get the opportunity to closely observe the celestial bodies. An affordable and portable radio telescope has been designed and constructed by a team of students from College of Engineering in Thiruvananthapuram. Their research was funded and supported by Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).
The telescope is made of satellite antenna and signal meter (satellite finder) and a microcontroller board.
The telescope can be made at a cost of Rs 4,000, said Devansh Agarwal
who is part of the student team behind the project. “It took us almost a year to come up with the model and to test it. We have till now measured the temperature of the sun, detected the planet Saturn and a galactic arm of the Milky Way. We want schools to build such affordable telescopes so the students could benefit from it. People can approach us to help them construct a radio telescope,” said Devansh. The team now plans to promote the telescope in schools. They will be conducting a demonstration at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Pattom on February 24. – Courtesy