Recently, discoveries of the 40-inch telescope at the Vainu Bappu Observatory were highlighted at its 50-year celebration.

 

About Vainu Bappu Observatory

  • Vainu Bappu Observatory is considered one of the most renowned observatories in India it is Located on Javadi Hills at Kavalur, Tamil Nadu.
  • The 40-inch telescope was installed in 1972 and started producing important astronomical discoveries soon after. More than a generation of astronomers were trained at this telescope as well.
  • The telescope in the observatory is under the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), an institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

 

Who is Vainu Bappu?

  • He was an Indian astronomer who helped to establish several astronomical institutions in India including the Vainu Bappu Observatory which is named after him.
  • He has played a significant role in astronomy with major discoveries like the presence of rings around the planet Uranus, a new satellite of Uranus, and the presence of an atmosphere around Ganymede which is a satellite of Jupiter.

 

Other Observatories in India

  • Solar Observatory in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
  • Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle, Ladakh
  • Udaipur Solar Observatory in Udaipur, Rajasthan
  • Gauribidanur Radio Observatory in Bangalore, Karnataka