The ring of fire: Eclipse Photography expedition
Eclipses are spectacular sights to behold. They arise out of the cosmic dance of celestial bodies mediated by gravity. Astronomers and the public alike, can't resist the mesmerising view when one celestial object moves in front of another. On 26th of December, 2019, as the moon passes by in front of the sun, the observers from a narrow path of region on earth, are in for a visual treat - Annular Solar Eclipse. Join us on this 3 day expedition to stargaze, observe, learn, photograph and analyse The Ring of Fire Eclipse!
Why should kids join this program?
In this three-day learning expedition, kids will learn:
- Astrophotography 101.
- Sunset and dusk photowalk to understand shooting in low light.
- Understanding motion of objects across the sky, different types of eclipses, conjunctions and planetary occultations by Mango Astronomy Club
- Unraveling the night sky through telescopes - Stargazing with Mango Astronomy Club
- Observe the Annular Solar Eclipse for the entire duration, through solar glasses and solar filtered telescopes
- Eclipse Photography session.
- A visit to Kodaikanal Solar Observatory to discuss about the eclipse and analyse the pictures taken during the eclipse.
What are you going to do in this expedition?
In this session, kids will learn the fundamentals and technical aspects of photography and how it could be used effectively to document this rare annular solar eclipse. This includes understanding exposure triangle, framing and composition.
A Visit to Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
Visit one of the oldest observatories dedicated to observing the sun for almost a century. A visit to the observatory is a journey in time, from past to present, and a peek into the future. Being fresh having observed the eclipse, kids and the team would take the eclipse pictures to the observatory where they would meet the experts to discuss about them. They would also take a tour of the observatory with an interaction with the experts in the observatory.
Understanding Stars with Mango Astronomy Club
The members of Mango Astronomy Club will take us on a journey into the cosmos. From the motion of planets, stars and other celestial objects across the sky to the journey of a star, several topics in astronomy will be covered including demonstrations of various types of eclipses, understanding rarity of eclipses. There will also be a myth busting session surrounding the eclipses.
Solar Eclipse Photography and Observation
Based on the learning in the first two sessions, kids will do solar photography. They will also attempt at capturing the solar eclipse to be used for analysis later. There will also be science experiments, measurements and calculations done during the eclipse which will be guided by experts. Watch out for surreal experience of Ring of Fire Eclipse moment!
Stargazing at Kodaikanal with Mango Astronomy Club
When the blinding lights are shut off, the sky reveals the majesty of the cosmos - stars and stars as far as you can see, planets scattered, an occasional satellite or a meteor zipping across the sky! The moonless night sky and a location with very low light pollution makes way for an amazing stargazing session as the kids will get to observe stars, star clusters, nebulae and planets through the telescope. Kids will also be capturing the night sky.
After learning the fundamentals of photography, the kids will be taken on a guided photowalk where they learn to shoot in low-light, understand color and learn to shoot in the golden hour.
Expedition itinerary, particulars, and other details
A 3 day expedition to stargaze, observe, learn, photograph and analyse The Ring of Fire Eclipse!
|10:00 AM||Start from Coimbatore|
|1:00 PM||Reach Coonoor|
|4:00 PM||Photography 101|
|5:00 PM||Low light and eclipse photography 101|
|6:00 PM||Sunset Photowalk|
|8:00 PM||Understanding stars - Session by Mango Astronomy Club|
|6:00 AM||Setting up cameras/Tripods|
|8:00 AM||Eclipse Photography & watching|
|11:30 AM||Start to Kodaikanal|
|7:00 PM||Reach Kodaikanal|
|8:30 PM||Star gazing|
|8:30 AM||Brief of Solar Kodai Observatory|
|9:00 AM||Solar Observatory visit|
|12:00 PM||Travel to Coimbatore|
|7:00 PM||Reach Coimbatore|