Information About Paid Expedition

Now you have an opportunity to book your  seat to explore..experiment….analyse….. and be a part of
  “Indian students Scientific Solar Expedition to Sultanate of Oman, Karnataka and Kerala”
December 23th to 27th 2019
Call for student scientist for International student Annular Eclipse Expedition.
*Note:- If you become the  winners for the experiment locations in  SHOT 2019 then amount paid for expedition  will be fully refunded.



On 26th Dec 2019, India is going to witness the next big eclipse. This Annular Eclipse which is being called “The Great Ring of Fire – India 2019” as the sun will be seen as a ring of fire around the disc of the moon. This Eclipse will be visible from deserts of Arabia crossing over Peninsular India to Indonesia, Singapore and end in the mid pacific ocean. The annularity is only visible in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu while the partial eclipse will be visible throughout India. Making it an important eclipse for scientific study.


SPACE India under its initiative to involve students in active scientific research and collaborating learning with an intent to spread love for science and research in young minds, invites Students to be part of World largest student Eclipse expedition – Heliodyssey 2019. Heliodyssey-2019 is our 6th student’s scientific solar expedition to observe, study and record the Annular Solar Eclipse of 26th  December 2019. The previous Heliodyssey expedition successful in Turkey-2006, Russia-2008, Taregana, Bihar and Anquing, China-2009, Singapore and Indian ocean-2010 and Idaho, USA-2017.

In previous years the Heliodyssey participating students have secured seats in ivy-league universities on the basis of their work during the expedition. The participation in Heliodyssey adds to the credit points of the students in their application to foreign universities. In past the students have been felicitated and recognized by great dignitaries like Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam then president of India, ambassadors of different countries and various Ministries in India and Abroad.

Role of students scientist in expedition and experiment details
The students will be conducting a details study of Sun, eclipse phenomena, its impact on its Earth’s  atmosphere, variation of light and temperature and effects on flora and fauna. The selected  students will be trained by Astronomer and Scientist to study and conduct above mention category of experiments during the Annular Solar Eclipse of December 2019. The experiment will be conducted from 4 different locations 3 India and 1 International location in Sultanate of Oman. All the equipment and material as well as training will be provided by the organization.

The students can opt for any one location of their choice in India or abroad. The locations where team of students will be positioned are:

  • Mesirah Island, Sultanate of Oman – International expedition group 1
  •  Panambur Beach, Mangalore – Indian expedition group 2
  •  Cheruvathur, Kerala – Indian expedition group 3
  •  Beypore, Kerala – Indian expedition group 4

The positioning of these scientific expedition teams has been done to create get a huge triangularconfiguration for the most accurate and multi angular study of this Eclipse. The  base of triangle will be in India joining the above 3 locations and its vertex will be inMesirah Island.
Mangalore will be on the northern edge on the path of Eclipse, Cheruvathur will be on the center line of the path of Eclipse andBeypore will be on the southern on the path of Eclipse. The expedition team of Oman will be near the central line on path of Eclipse.

Note: The students at Mangaloreand Beypore will record the phenomena of “Bailey’s Beads” as they will see the disk of the Moon touching the disk of the Sun at corners .While students at Oman and  Cheruvathur will observe the “Ring of Fire” as the disk of the Moon will be at center of the Sun.

  This is largest student experiment and recording of Eclipse anywhere in the World.


All the expedition team will be conducting the following experiments:-

  •   Biophysical experiments.
  •  Eclipse video graphy.
  •   Hi-power lens photography for recording of solar flares and prominences.
  •  Wide-angle photography.
  •  Radiation variation during the Eclipse.
  •   Comparative Spectroscopy studies of Sun during annularity.
  •  Eclipse circumstances and data validation.
  •   Ionosphere variation during Eclipse.


Publication of expedition results and certification

The results of the eclipse expedition will be published by SPACEin scientific and education journals giving due credit to the participating students. The students will be given the certificate for participation in international eclipse expedition and title of Eclipse ambassador of India 2019.

Number of seats for students

The number of seats available in each expedition team is as follow

  •     International expedition group 1  40 seats Masirah Island, Oman
  •     Indian expedition group 2  100 seats Mangalore, Karnataka
  •     Indian expedition group 3 50 seats Cheruvathur, Kerala
  •     Indian expedition group 4 15 seats Beypore, Kerala



Eligibility and rules

Every one applying for the participation in the Eclipse expedition should be of the age group of 13 years and above (Class 8th and above) and will be selected on the first come first serve basis.

Media and Other interaction policy & rules

Once the expedition team is finalized the information send to National and International media and other dignitaries. The students are free to give interviews to press or talk to the news channel, local and international giving due credit to Heliodyssey project and  SPACE as per the media policy of the organisation to be signed by all participants.

If invited to meet the dignitaries the students have to travel on the road expense on the expected date.

Heliodyssey 2019 is a prestigious scientific expedition and we look forward to the participation of students who are dedicated and focused in their approach to a given task and follow instructions with commitment and integrity.

Student performing experiments during Heliodyssey 2008, Russia