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Sunday, September 12, 2010

An astronomy tableau displayed by Indian Institute of Astrophysics

Shared by Mangala Krishnamurthy

Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) at Bangalore was responsible for making the Republic day Tableau during International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 in India.

Accoring to the report for the IYA 2009 released at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Lisbon, Portugal, the highest participation figures for IYA2009 events came from India, where over 700 million people were reported as being reached by IYA2009 events. This was mainly due to Indian astronomers proudly showcasing their work at the Republic Day parade in Delhi. With 30,000 people watching in person and an estimated 700 million watching on television, this was by far the biggest single event in the IYA2009 program.

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