Association of Friends of Astronomy (Goa), under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Goa, commemorated the 49th anniversary of the first Moon landing with an event held in the ESG Media hall at Maquinez Palace, Inox Courtyard, Panjim.
On the occasion, Association of Friends of Astronomy (Goa) launched a four-month Earth Sciences awareness program designed for young and old alike.
This short term course to popularise knowledge in the field of Earth Sciences, that is, geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy, will be of special appeal to students as it also supplements content included in the Goa education curriculum. This program will cover topics on universe, discoveries, technology and will also include film screenings, workshops, hands-on sessions and lectures on astronomy, geology, meteorology and ocean science.
It is open for students and general public alike. It will try to enrich science enthusiasts and students as the course hopes to fill the lacuna of what is not covered in the schools. Sessions will be held for four months at the ESG media hall.
At the same function, a state wide young photographers contest, titled ‘A Heritage Monsoon’ for under 18s, was also launched. The competition is an online contest closing on August 10, 2018 and revolves around Goa, its heritage and the Goan monsoons. This activity is being done by the AFA’s photography club in association with Indian Heritage Society, Goa Chapter.
The program also had a special lecture by geologist Erin Viegas, who is the Secretary of the Association.
As part of the celebrations, Goa Science Centre, Miramar, held the screening of the film, ‘If there was no moon’, while also hosting the Moon Landing Memorabilia Exhibition that was attended by a large number of students.
There was also another program held in collaboration and at Saraswast Higher Secondary School Kholrim/Mapusa that had a talk on ‘Moon Our Future’ by Videsh Khandeparkar. [H]