What is Heliodyssey?
Heliodyssey is a pioneering project of SPACE India, where we provide a platform for our young minds to learn one of the important concept of astronomy that are Solar eclipses by becoming a member of one of its student scientific expedition. SPACE, a national body working for the popularization of astronomy and space science has been organizing the solar eclipse expedition. Solar eclipses are still feared in India and lot of myths and superstitions are propagated in our society by unscientific minds. Heliodyssey is an effort to stir young minds and bring a visible change in rationality and scientific temperament of Indian society.
Since 2006, SPACE has conducted five Heliodysseys, observing total and annular solar eclipse, crossing borders and mediums. Through these expeditions, the respective eclipses were studied, photographed and experiments were conducted. To know more about our past Heliodysseys.
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In this highly prestigious project, school students from all over India will be selected through an online exam (SHOT – Space HeliOdyssey Test). These selected students will travel to the location of Solar Eclipses. The selected students will be trained in various experiments and scientific procedures. They become the part of the official SPACE team of astronomers and scientist to work on various experiments during the Solar Eclipse and record the event scientifically. They will not only get a chance to represent their school and themselves internationally but the exposure opens their horizon for scientific research and the cultural diversity adds to their personality.
Scientific & Social Importance of Heliodyssey: The aim behind Heliodyssey event is to inculcate interest of common man towards abstract science and to study the scientific phenomenon which is caused due to the geometrical positioning of these heavenly bodies.
To sum up the various factors are:
- Promotion of Scientific Temperament
- Exposure of masses to scientific procedures
- Developing interest towards astronomy and science
- Stimulating critical thinking
- Breaking myths and superstitions associated with solar eclipse
- Exposure to International Astronomy community