SHRI NARENDRA MODI, PRIME MINISTER, INDIA (Then CM Of Gujarat)
Sunita Williams, Astronaut
DR. M. ANNADURAI, DIRECTOR, ISRO
SHRI NITISH KUMAR, CHIEF MINISTER OF BIHAR
What is Heliodyssey?
Heliodyssey is a one of its kind, student scientific solar expedition in India. Here teams of curious students and experts chase down solar eclipses to observe, study and photograph them. Through the medium of observing nature’s light show- The eclipses, the program aims to nurture the curiosity of young minds and inspiring them to choose science as a life carreer. After organizing five successful Heliodysseys in the past, SPACE India proudly presents Heliodyssey 2019 to observe and study the Annular Solar Eclipse of 26th December 2019.
Involving students in experiments and research as core team members, increase their aptitude and interest for the subject manifolds and strengthen their base for a career in the same.
Solar Eclipse Experiments Categories
Photography and Videography experiments: The eclipse is captured using zoom lenses, over the clouds balloons and drones and photographed in different stages.
Physical Experiments: The change in the physical properties of the surroundings, like ambient temperature, soil temperature and humidity during the eclipse will be recorded to understand the influence of eclipses on local environment.
Biophysical Experiment: A study will be done to understand the changes in behaviour of animals during the eclipse. Focus will be on young animals, nocturnals, and birds.
Visual Observations and Experiments: The eclipse will be observed using various methods like pinhole, telescopes, solar viewers, camera pictures and also sketches. Trained sketchers will draw down the 'Ring of Fire'. A record of the contact timings will also be made.
Data Validation experiments: A comparision between the data recorded by us, calculated mathematically and the one predicted by famous softwares and websites to update the records.