Rajasthan becomes the first state to begin night sky tourism

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Over 250 participants observed the night sky through a high-powered telescope at Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur on 22 January. The observation of celestial bodies was organised as a part of ‘Night Sky Tourism’ launched recently by the State Government. The programme was organised by Department of Science and Technology, Government of Rajasthan in collaboration with JKK. Viewers had the opportunity to observe the planets, the moon and stars which would generally not be visible to the naked eye. A special resource person operating the telescope shared myriad of stories and facts regarding the heavenly bodies for the knowledge and benefit of the viewers.

Director General, JKK, Ms. Mugdha Sinha said that Rajasthan is the first State in the country that has started astronomy-based night tourism. ‘Night Sky Tourism’ was inaugurated by the Minister of Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. B.D. Kalla and Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan, Shri Niranjan Arya at the Secretariat on 21 January. An annual astronomical calendar has also been launched. This instrument will be rotated in different locations allowing visitors both foreign and domestic to benefit from this facility.

The Chief Guest, Minister Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. B.D. Kalla said that the Night Sky tourism with the help of a telescope and other such astronomy equipment will give a fillip to night tourism in the State. It is indeed a heartening step as the pandemic wanes and tourism, as well as art and culture activities, pick up again. The visiting tourists, both foreign and domestic will stand to benefit from this facility.

From Left: Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Rajasthan, Ms. Mugdha Sinha; Minister Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. B.D. Kalla and Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan, Shri Niranjan Arya

The Guest of Honour, Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan, Shri Niranjan Arya said that the celestial bodies looked so much different through the telescope. With the advancement in astronomy equipment including high-powered telescopes it will now be possible for the visitors to admire the heavenly bodies.

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