KSS and The International Year of Astronomy 2009 and Beyond

 

The Khwarizmi Science Society find great pleasure in presenting a report of the Society's spectacular achievements in the year 2009 and beyond, in celebrating the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). This was enabled by the seed grants received from the Emerging Nations Science Foundation (ENSF), the Canon Foundation for Scientific Research, the Pakistan Science Foundation and donations from individuals. With the help of this grant, the KSS was able to extend its activities, for the first time, outside Lahore and reach out into the remote and distant locations of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtoonkha. These melas have served around 10,000 schoolchildren, teachers and parents.

Our so-called falakyati melas were hailed a tremendous success. These melas took place in Lahore, Okara, Phoolnagar, Swabi, Shadara and the historic fort of Rohtas. We led the World Space Week with the biggest observatory stationed in Lahore’s local parks. The KSS organized live telescopic viewing of the solar eclipse in January 2010 that was covered live by the national TV media channels. Recently, we have started an online streaming view of galaxies from a rooftop observatory that is accessible to anyone who logs on to the Khwarizmi Science Society channel on http://www.nightskiesnetwork.com/. We also organized public lectures on astronomy and space science. A video and pictorial coverage of all our activities in connection with the IYA is accessible on the website http://khwarizmi.shutterfly.com.

If you like to organize this mela in your school, see the invitation letter below. Also post or email us the filled form expressing your interest.

Letter of invitation and background

Form for organizing the falakyati mela on your school's premises

As acknowledgment of our activities, which are appended with this application, several stories have been published by leading journals and periodicals such as Physics World Online, APS News, the website of the International Astronomical Union, Daily Nawa-e-Waqt and Jang. We have won international competitions from the Developing Astronomy Globally as well as a receipt of 30 Galileoscopes from an IYA cornerstone project.

These activities extend KSS’s established traditions of seminars, workshops and public lectures in Lahore to outreach science exhibitions and interactive activities in schools outside Lahore.

We now plan to extend the content of our melas including the viewing of the microbial and cellular world using optical microscopes connected to the multimedia projector, a seismograph for detecting seismic vibrations describing the subterranean movements to schoolchildren. We are also planning to prepare new scientific toys, materials and projects that can make science exciting and entertaining.

The KSS has recently acquired a microscope, seismograph, multimedia projector, a high resolution colour astrocamera – all of which are in use in our outreach activities. We also received donation of a telescope from Dr. Faisal Sultan, Chief Executive Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Cancer Research Centre.

A detailed listing of activities centred around the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and Beyond are highlighted below.

Report of KSS's activities for the International Year of astronomy 2009 and Beyond

Click here for a pdf copy of the KSS report (update as of July 2010). The report covers our activities, news coverage and articles published in connection with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and Beyond.

Awards and Grants

 

 

The KSS Astronomy Team

 

 

Chairman:

saadat [at] khwarizmi [dot] org (Dr Saadat Anwar Siddiqi), President, Khwarizmi Science Society, Professor of Solid State Physics, Center for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab

Secretaries:

sabieh [at] khwarizmi [dot] org (Dr Muhammad Sabieh Anwar), Joint Secretary Khwarizmi Science Societ
umairasim [at] gmail [dot] com (Mr Umair Asim), Resident Astronomer, Khwarizmi Science Society and Principal Farooqi Girls High School, Lahore.

Coordinators:

Ahmed Waqas Zubairi, Executive Member, Khwarizmi Science Society, Lab Engineer, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS, Lahore.

Syed Kumail Abbas, Executive Member, Khwarizmi Science Society, Lahore.

Syed Waqar Ahmed, Executive Member, Khwarizmi Science Society, Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

rafijee [at] gmail [dot] com (Rafi Ullah), Executive Member, Khwarizmi Science Society, Department of Physics, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Members:

Wasif Zia, Life Member, Khwarizmi Science Society, Developpment Engineer, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS, Lahore.

hiyasir [at] gmail [dot] com (Yasir Abdul Haleem), Life Member, Khwarizmi Science Society and Teacher, The Punjab School, Lahore.

Naseer Ahmed, Life Member Khwarizmi Science Society and Department of Space Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Salman Qureshi, Manager, Pakistan Materials Research Society, Islamabad.

Technical Staff:

Abdul Manan, Lab Technician, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS, Lahore.

Muhammad Amjad, Electrician, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS, Lahore.

Lifecycle of stars (Urdu)

 

Read Rafiullah's account of the life cycle of stars (in Urdu).

IYA 2009 and Beyond: List of activities

Lahore Science Mela 2018

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Ali Institute of Education

Punjab Higher Education Commission

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
27/01/2017
Time: 
09:00
Venue: 
Ali Institute of Education
Date: 
28/01/2018
Time: 
09:00
Venue: 
Ali Institute of Education
Abstract: 

The Lahore Science Mela 2018 is a science fest organized by the Khwarizmi Science Society. showcased inventions, discoveries, experiments, science models and artifacts recieved from all parts of Pakistan. It will be an opportunity to engage all citizens, especially the children in celebrating science. Our focus is on the wonder aspects of practical science accomplished through practical activities such as hands-on games and experiments that will appeal to our young boys and girls. There is no entry fee and the Mela will remain open for all citizens of Pakistan.

Science and Solar Fest in connection with World Space Week

Falakyati Mela
Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Alif Ailaan and Pakistan Innovative Foundation

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
20 October, 2016
Time: 
9 am
Venue: 
Govt. Shuda e APS Memorial High School for Girls, Model Town, Lahore
Abstract: 

This activity in Lahore is part of KSS's National Science Movement 2016. The activities includes:

  1. Solar Observation
  2. Liquid Nitrogen and Elasticity of Objects
  3. Cryostats and Balloons
  4. Chemical Fountain
  5. Sodium Blast
  6. Sand on Sound
  7. Laser Spirograph
  8. Microworld from Microscope

For registration please email at info@khwarizmi.org

The Map is here:

Resource People: 
Resource Person
Sabieh Anwar
Khwarizmi Science Society
Resource Person
Kumail Abbas
Khwarizmi Science Society
Resource Person
Umair Asim
Lahore Astronomical Society
Resource Person
Dr. Saadat Anwar Siddiqi
Khwarizmi Science Society
Activities: 

Wonders of the sun and science

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Pakistan Astronomer's Society, Islamabad who are the co-organizers.

Alif Ailaan and Pakistan Innovation Foundation.

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Time: 
11 am
Venue: 
Crescent International School and College, Ibn-e-Sina Road, G-10/3, Islamabad
Abstract: 

This activity is part of Khwarizmi Science society's National Science Movement.

Resource People: 
Resource person
Saiful Islam Qureshi
Pakistan Astronomers Islamabad

Science Exhibition in Sukkur

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Alif Ailaan and Pakistan Innovation Foundation.

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
30 August, 2016
Time: 
10 am
Venue: 
Institute of Business Adminstration (IBA), Sukkur
Resource People: 
Presenter
Ahmed Waqas Zubairi
Institute of Space and Technology, Islamabad
Presenter
Roshaan Bukhari
Lahore Astronomical Society
Presenter
Muhammad Zubair
Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad
Presenter
Syed Kumail Abbas
University of the Punjab
Activities: 

Science Festival in D.G. Khan

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Alif Ailaan and Pakistan Innovation Foundation.

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
29 August, 2016
Time: 
10 am
Venue: 
Divisional Public School, D.G. Khan
Resource People: 
Presenter
Ahmed Waqas Zubairi
Teaching and Research Associate, Institute of Space and Technology
Presenter
Roshaan Bukhari
Lahore Astronomical Society
Presenter
Muhammad Zubair
Assistant Professor, Institute of Space and Technology
Presenter
Syed Kumail Abbas
University of the Punjab

Science Festival in Mardan

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Alif Ailaan and Pakistan Science Foundation

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
18 August, 2016
Time: 
10 am
Venue: 
Govt. Shaheed Adnan Arshad School, No. 1, Mardan
Abstract: 

The science festival is part of Khwarizmi Science Society's National Science Movement and beyond.

Resource People: 
Presenter
Syed Kumail Abbas
University of the Punjab, Lahore
Presenter
Roshaan Bukhari
Lahore Astronomical Society (LAST)

Science Festival in Makanbagh, Swat

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Alif Ailaan and Pakistan Science Foundation

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
15 August, 2016
Time: 
10 am
Venue: 
Dawn Public School and College, Makanbagh, Swat
Abstract: 

The science mela is a part of Khwarizmi Science Society's National Science Movement 2016 and beyond.

Resource People: 
Presenter
Syed Kumail Abbas
University of the Punjab, Lahore
Presenter
Roshaan Bukhari
Lahore Astronomical Society (LAST)
Activities: 

Why do we search for life on other planets

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Lahore Astronomical Society

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
3 August, 2016
Time: 
5 pm
Venue: 
Lahore University of Management Sciences
Abstract: 

Close to 5000 planets and counting orbiting other stars have been discovered so far, yet we have no evidence of a planet similar to Earth.  But this will likely to change as the astronomers have a good possibility that they will detect signatures of life on some of these worlds in future. What will such a discovery mean for humans on Earth and meaning we will derive from it? Why do we even care about life on other planets? Dr. Salman Hameed will discuss these topics and will try to discuss the techniques currently in use to detect life on other planets.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Salman Hammed
Associate Professor, Hampshire College, USA
Internal References: 

Interferometry: From Nothing to Black Holes

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Science Society.

 

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
20 November, 2016
Time: 
2 pm
Venue: 
SMME Seminar Hall, National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
Abstract: 

Gravitational waves were detected by LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-waves Observatory). This monumental discovery comes precisely 100 years after Einstein predicted these ripples in space-time. At the heart of this phenomenal outcome, lies a marvel of technological powers-a LASER interferometer. In this popular level talk Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar will recount, how the phenomenon of interference shapes our present day picture of Physics. Right from dispelling the notion of an all pervasive ether, finding signature of "matter waves", probing molecules on stars a single photon interfering with itself, to the recent signatures of the gravitational waves, these beautiful machines called interferometers harbor immense power as one of the most important tools for scientific discovery. He will present examples where the phenomenon of interference has enriched special relativity, general relativity, the foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum optics.

To attend the lecture registration is required. Register here.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Lahore University of Management Sciences

Discovery of Gravitational Waves

Why are we so excited?
Sponsors & Collaborators: 

FAST National University of Computer Science

IEEE Circuits Society, FAST

 

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Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
19 April, 2016
Time: 
2 pm
Venue: 
New Auditorium (Syed Refaqat Auditorium), FAST-National University of Computer Sciences, Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Pervez Hoodbhoy
FC College University, Lahore.

Sooraj Beeni in Chiniot

Solar Observation
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
16 April, 2016
Time: 
10 am
Venue: 
Chiniot
Abstract: 

KSS plans to launch their astronomical observations in term with the Alif Ailaan at different parts of the country. For this reason, our first event is going to be organized in Chiniot, a city known for its wooden architecture. The event comprises of the Solar observation through H-alpha solar telescope which will enable to see the Sun in hydrogen alpha light. 

Resource People: 
Presenter
Roshaan Bukhari
Amature Astronomer
Activities: 

See the Sun in Swabi

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
16 February, 2014
Time: 
10 am to 12 noon
Venue: 
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Swabi, Khabar Pakhtoon khwa.
Abstract: 

Khwarizmi Science Society presents another Astronomical Observation "See the Sun" in Swabi, Khabar Pakhtoon Khwa. GIKI a center of excellence in Pakistan for the natural sciences is located at Swabi, near a small town Topi. Lying in the midst of natural beauty, GIKI has announced to arrange its 15th GIKI all Pakistan Science Fair. KSS is participating in the exhibition by arranging a solar viewing session from 10 am to 12 noon on 16th of this month. Feel free to attend this event. For location please see the MAP.


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Resource People: 
Presenter
Mr. Umair Asim

Galileo Workshop

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Ali Institute of Education

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
22 October, 2013
Time: 
9 am
Venue: 
Ali Institute of Education, Ferozepur Road (Shahrah e Roomi), Near Children Hospital, Lahore
Abstract: 

Khwarizmi Science Society proudly announcess the Galileo Workshop and prize distribution ceremony on October 22nd, 2013. The aim of the workshop is to teach the teachers of different schools about the assembling of Galileoscopes and to guide them about the observations of the Celestial objects that they can see from the Galileoscope. We have selected 23 institutions from all over Pakistan. The workshop is compulsory for the representatives of these institutions.

The workshop consists of two sessions; First session will include a lecture on assembling the Galileoscope and then participants would be ask to perform the same assembling task. While a lecture on Introduction to Astronomy and how to use Galileoscope for the Celestial objects will also be given. The second session will include the Prize Distribution Ceremony of the Galileoscopes. 

For dirrections see map below.


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Resource People: 
Chair
Dr. Saadat Anwar Siddiqi
COMSATS
Keynote Speaker
Mr. Shahid Majeed
Ali Institute of Education
Session Chair
Ahmed Waqas Zubairi
LUMS
Speaker
Kumail Abbas
University of the Punjab

International Observe the Moon Night

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

International Observe the Moon Night

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
12 October, 2013
Time: 
6 pm to 10 pm
Venue: 
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), DHA, Lahore.
Abstract: 

International Observe the Moon NIght is an International event that is dedicated to encourage people to Look Up and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the MOON. Khwarizmi Science Society also presents this golden opportunity for general public and students to observe the nearest natural satellite of the Earth. So do not miss this event and please be on time.

 

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Resource People: 
Presenter
Ahmed Waqas Zubairi
LUMS
Chair
Dr. Saadat Anwar Siddiqi
COMSATS

Astronomy Night at the F.C. College

In Connection with the World Space Week 2013
Sponsors & Collaborators: 

SUPARCO

Lahore Astronomical Society

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
8 October, 2013
Time: 
6 pm to 10 pm
Venue: 
Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan
Abstract: 

Khwarizmi Science Society presents another chance to study the astonishing facts of the sky by organizing a Astronomy Night in collaboration with SUPARCO in account of World Space Week 2013. The observations will include surface of the Moon, Venus and its phases and some deep sky objects including clusters of stars and galaxies.

 

Join us in the event to make a memorable night. For directions see Map below:


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Resource People: 
Speaker
Kumail Abbas
University of the Punjab
Presenter
Ahmed Waqas Zubairi
LUMS

Exploring Mars and Discovering Earth

Family Fair and Science Exhibition at the World Space Week 2013
Sponsors & Collaborators: 

SUPARCO

Lahore Astronomical Society

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
5 October, 2013
Time: 
3 pm to 6 pm
Venue: 
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore, Pakistan
Date: 
6 October, 2013
Time: 
3 pm to 6 pm
Venue: 
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore, Pakistan
Abstract: 

World Space Week (WSW) is declared by the United Nations Organization (UNO) and is celebrated every year from October 4 to October 10 to celebrate the contribution that space science and technology make to the betterment of the mankind.

 

Khwarizmi Science Society, as before, also celebrating the World Space Week 2013. In convention with the theme of the year 2013 "Exploring Mars - Discovering Earth" KSS is presenting some experiments for students, teachers and the general public at a family fair organized by SUPARCO, Pakistan's National Space Agency.

 

Experiments will include:

  • Martian Surface
  • Water Currents on Mars
  • Crators on Earth, Moon and Mars
  • Creating your own Earthquakes
  • Microscopic World
  • Models of Telescope

For directions to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, see the map here.

 


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Resource People: 
Presenter
Ahmed Waqas Zubairi
LUMS
Presenter
Kumail Abbas
University of the Punjab
Presenter
Arifa Mirza
University of the Punjab
Presenter
Murtaza Saleem
LUMS
Activities: 

Dusty Cool Cosmos

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Ali Institute of Education

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
3 September, 2013
Time: 
10 am
Venue: 
Ali Institute of Education, Ferozepur Road (Shahrah-e-Roomi), near Children Hospital, Lahore.
Abstract: 

This talk will take you for a quick walk through the Universe. Todays universe as we know it, is indeed dusty. More than 30% of the UV and optical light from stars in the Universe may be absorbed and re-radiated thermally at infrared and millimeter wavelengths by the obscuring dust. The cool and dusty sites in the Universe provide seeds for the formation of molecules and organic compounds. These molecular clouds are actually stellar nurseries which give rise to star formation and its evolution. To study dust extinction and its properties, Gamma-ray burst after-glows are excellent probes. This topic will cover that what we know about dust and how do we study it.

 

The venue can located on the map given below.

 


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Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Tayyaba Zafar
Assistant Professor, University of the Punjab.

Science Exhibition at Ali Institute of Education

Sponsors & Collaborators: 
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
16 April, 2013
Time: 
9:30 am to 4 pm
Venue: 
Ali Institute of Education, Ferozeupr Road (Shahrah-e-Rumi), Lahore
Abstract: 

 

Khwarizmi Science Society finds great pleasure in participating in the Science Exhibition organized on 16th of April at the Ali Institue of Education.

 

The Ali Institute of Education has earned recognition as one of the best teacher’s training institute in Pakistan. The Institute has organized a Science fair exhibiting  innovative models on basic concepts of science at the elementary and secondary levels.

 

The Khwarizmi Science Society, upon invitation, is participating in this exhibition and will be demonstrating a new range of science models and exhibits including:

 

  1. Weather change experiments including Rain Gages, Air pressure, Wind speed and wind vanes
  2. Seismometry
  3. Astronomy
  4. Craters in sand
  5. Lunar phases
  6. Spectrum of mercury

The event location is marked in the map below:

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Resource People: 
Demonstrator
Kumail Abbas
Khwarizmi Science Society
Demonstrator
Ahmed Waqas Zubairi
Khwarizmi Science Society
Demonstrator
Maham Masood Sadiq
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Demonstrator
Arifa Mirza
Punjab University
Supplementary Documents: 

KSS Camps at the Buraq Camp, Islamabad

Sponsors & Collaborators: 
Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
24 December, 2012
Time: 
9 am
Venue: 
Buraq Camp, Chak Shehzad, Islamabad
Abstract: 

Khwarizmi Science Society is going to participate in the 9th Buraq camp which is going to be held from 19th of December to 31st of December 2012. KSS will be joining on 24th of December and will be delivering four lectures on different topics, which include:

  • The Strange, Strange World of Quantum Physics and Quantum Computing.
  • A Gentle Introduction to Solar Thermal Energies.
  • Earthquakes: The  true story.
  • Cosmology and Us.
Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Sabieh Anwar
Khwarizmi Science Society
Presenter
Ahmed Waqas Zubairi
Khwarizmi Science Society
Speaker
Kumail Abbas
Khwarizmi Science Society
Presenter
Abdullah Khalid
Khwarizmi Science Society
Presenter
Hassaan Bukhari
Khwarizmi Science Society

Falakyati Mela with SUPARCO

World Space Week 2012
Sponsors & Collaborators: 

SUPARCO and Lahore Astronomical Society.

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
8 October, 2012
Time: 
5-10 pm
Venue: 
Satellite Research and Development Centre, SUPARCO, Lahore
Abstract: 

This falakyati mela (astrofest) is in conjunction with the World Space Week 2012 organized by SUPARCO. Join us with your families and young ones to see deep sky objects, nebulae, galaxies and stars. Enjoy the live spectral recordings of these celestial objects indicating the chemical compositions of the stellar atmospheres.

In short, there will be lots of fun activities. Do register as no participant will be allowed without a prior registration. The activities will be live telecast on the Khwarizmi Science Society Channel of the Night Skies Network.

To register click here.

The event location is marked in the map below.


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Resource People: 
Lead astronomer
Umair Asim
Farooqi Girls High School and Khwarizmi Science Society

World Space Week 2012

Family Fair and Astronomy Night
Sponsors & Collaborators: 

SUPARCO and Lahore Astronomical Society

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
6th October 2012
Time: 
3 to 6 pm
Venue: 
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore
Date: 
8 October, 2012
Time: 
5-10 pm
Venue: 
Satellite Research and Development Centre, SUPARCO, Lahore
Abstract: 

The World Space Week is an international celebration of the contribution that space science and technology makes to the betterment of the human condition. It is celebrated in accordance with the two milestones that were achieved earlier in history. On October 4, 1957, the first man-made satellite was launched, the Sputnik 1, while on October 10, 1967, just ten years after the first flight of a satellite, the first international treaty, the outer space treaty, went into effect. During World Space Week, events and educational programs related to space are held globally.

As per our customs Khwarizmi Science Society is also going to celebrate this week to encourage world space week programs about the exploration of space and science and its impact on human imagination. The Khwarizmi science society is actively participating in SUPARCO's  Family Fair on 6th and 7th of October in the popular Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Allama Iqbal Town.

 Activities arranged at our stalls include:

  • Creating your own earthquake
  • Lunar craters
  • Telescope making
  • Understanding sky charts
  • Models of telescopes

Lahore Astronomical Society is partnering with the KSS in this activity.

A map of the location is given here:


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Resource People: 
Lead astronomer
Umair Asim
Farooqi Girls High School and Khwarizmi Science Society
Demonstrator
Rabiya Salman
Lahore University of Management Sciences
Demonstrator
Ali Khan
Lahore Astronomical Society and Khwarizmi Science Society
Internal References: 

Venus's Transit

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
6 June, 2012
Time: 
5:00 am to 9:30 am
Venue: 
Live broadcasting at KSS's channel of NSN (http://www.nightskiesnetwork.com/)
Abstract: 

On 6th June from sunrise to about 09:30 AM Venus will pass through the disk of our sun. Our resident astronomer Umair Asim will live broadcast it through Khwarizmi Science Society's Channel of Night Skies Network using sophsticated Halpha solar filters and and a C14 Scope.

For most living humans June 5/6, 2012 will be their last chance to see Venus cross in front of the Sun. The last transit of Venus occurred in 2004, but after this June the world will have to wait until 2117 for the next one.

This historic viewing will also give us a chance of measuring the earth-sun distance. So keep in touch with us.

In order to join this event, please logon to the Society's channel on Night Skies Network! See you there.

Resource People: 
Broadcaster
Umair Asim
Sr. Vice Principal at Farooqi Girls High School, Lahore.

Cultural Evening with Falakyati Mela

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
27 April, 2012
Time: 
7 pm
Venue: 
NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan.
Abstract: 

The Khwarizmi Science Society will participate in a Cultural Evening with a Falakyati Mela beamed live from Umair Asim's observatory in Lahore. This will be after Maghrib of Friday 27 April 2012.

Logon to Khwarizmi Science Society Channel on http://www.nightskiesnetwork.com and watch live images of celestial beauties, Moon and Venus amongst others, all with real-time chatting and audio commentary.

The Cultural Festival will have several other delights such as photography, mehndi, shopping and has been organized by the NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan.

 

 

Resource People: 
Presenter
Umair Asim
Sr. Vice Principal at Farooqi Girls High School, Lahore.

Daswaan Falakyati Mela

(10th Astrofest)
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
October 08, 2011
Time: 
4:30 PM
Venue: 
The Learning School & College, Kot Radha Kishen (Kasur - Pakistan)
Abstract: 

The 10th Astrofest marks World Space Week  and includes a popular lecture on introduction to astronomy following live observation of astronomical attractions through a powerful telescope. The live observation is aided by Pakistan's leading amateur astronomer Umair Asim's commentary. The falakyati mela also coincides with the International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

 

Directions to reaching Kot Radha Kishan

Directions to Kot Ridha Kishan from travellers from Lahore can be found on this website.

Resource People: 
Presenter
Umair Asim
Vice Principal, Farooqi Girls High School, Lahore.
Supplementary Documents: 

Variable Star Astronomy

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
to be finalized
Time: 
10 am
Venue: 
Department of Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Prof. Dr. Khalid Rasheed
Centre for Advanced Mathematics, NUST, Islamabad

Jupiter, nebulae and star clusters: see them live

At the Tenth Falakyati Mela
Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Developing Astronomy Globally.

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
4 October, 2010
Time: 
4 pm to 8 pm
Venue: 
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore
Date: 
5 October, 2010
Time: 
4 pm to 8 pm
Venue: 
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore
Abstract: 

Come to our tenth falakyati mela, a part of the World Space Week organzied by SUPRACO. See the Jupiter, nebulae and star clusters. Visit stalls from various schools and have a refreshing evening, with the heavens.

Resource People: 
Lead Astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School

Ninth Falakyati Mela in LUMS (Lahore)

Sponsors & Collaborators: 

Spades Society, LUMS. All proceeds will go towards the relief fund for the flood affectees. The ticket is Rs. 200.

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
17 September, 2010
Time: 
5:30 pm to 9 pm
Venue: 
LUMS, Library Grounds, Opposite Sector U, DHA, Lahore
Abstract: 

We will have a great lunar landscape in the view with many important and stunning craters. Jupiter and its moons will also be visible around 20:15. Also I can show our nearest Andromeda Galaxy, Ring Nebula the famous star corpse and a very fine star cluster M13. 

 

It will be a blessed night indeed when we can observe planets (including Venus if we can assemble our equipment well before sunset), star cluster, galaxy and a nebula. What else can we ask from a night sky!

 

Of course all depending on weather.

Resource People: 
Lead Astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School

High Energy Astrophysics and the Origin of Cosmic Rays

Registration: 
Registration is required.
Date: 
21 May, 2010
Time: 
10 am
Venue: 
Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

The origin of Galactic cosmic-ray ions has remained an enigma for almost a century. Although it has generally been thought that they are accelerated in the shock waves associated with powerful supernova explosions—for which there have been recent claims of evidence—the mystery is far from resolved. Cosmic rays, which are mostly protons, but also other ions and electrons, permeate our Galaxy and rain down on earth continuously, night and day. Although cosmic rays were discovered almost a century ago, back in the balloon age, their origins remain unclear even now. Almost no effort has been spared in pursuing this long-standing mystery: satellites, rockets and balloons have been launched, and enormous detector arrays have been installed on the ground and even under mountains and seas. I will give a historical overview of the search for the mysterious origin of cosmic rays and a report on the current status.

Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Yousaf Butt
Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, United States

Eighth Falakyati Mela in GIKI, TOPI (District Swabi, NWFP)

Sponsors & Collaborators: 
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
19 February, 2010
Time: 
5 pm to 11 pm
Venue: 
Ghulam Ishaque Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, TOPI (District Swabi, NWFP)
Date: 
20 February, 2010
Time: 
5 pm to 11 pm
Venue: 
Ghulam Ishaque Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, TOPI (District Swabi, NWFP)
Resource People: 
Lead Astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School, Karim Park, Lahore

Live Viewing of the 2010 Solar Eclipse

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
15 January, 2010
Time: 
11:30 am
Venue: 
Jogging Track behind the Centre for High Energy Physics, Quaid-e-Azam (New) Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

The event is subject to clear weather conditions. The viewing will be through the telescope eyepiece.

The directions to the location can be found at: http://www.khwarzimic.org/iya/pu_map_track.jpg .

Resource People: 
Umair Asim
Lead Astronomer
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School

Sixth Falakyati Mela at the World Space Week in Lahore

Sponsors & Collaborators: 
  • Lahore Astronomical Society (LAST)
  • SUPARCO (Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission)
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
5 October, 2009
Time: 
7 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue: 
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Lahore
Date: 
6 October, 2009
Time: 
7 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue: 
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Lahore
Resource People: 
Lead Astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School, Karim Park, Lahore

Fifth Falakyati Mela and Quiz in Shahdara (District Lahore)

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
28 September, 2009
Time: 
5 pm to 9 pm
Venue: 
Government Higher Secondary School for Girls, Maqbara Jahangir Road, Shahdara (District Lahore)
Resource People: 
Lead Astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society and Farooqi Girls High School, Karim Park, Lahore
Moderator
Abdul Haleem Yasir
Khwarizmi Science Society and the Punjab School, Lahore
Moderator
Irfan Arif
Private teacher

Fourth Falakyati Mela in Rohtas (Jhelum)

Sponsors & Collaborators: 
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
30 May 2009, Saturday
Time: 
5 pm
Venue: 
Rohtas Fort, District Jhelum
Resource People: 
Lecturer and lead astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society

Second Falakyati Mela in Phoolnagar (Kasur)

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
9 March 2009, Monday
Time: 
5 pm
Venue: 
Government High School No. 1, Phoolnagar (District Kasur)
Resource People: 
Lecturer and lead astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society
Astronomer
Omer Bin Abdul Aziz
Lahore Astronomical Society

Stellar Pots

Nature's Recycling Factory
Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
27 February 2009, Friday
Time: 
11 am
Venue: 
Department of Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Abstract: 

The iron running in our blood, calcium in our teeth, the sand we walk on, were all made inside stars. All elements heavier than boron are formed by nuclear reactions inside stars. We owe our existence to these stellar pots. Stars live for millions to billions of years and then it is a fierce battle for their survival. Ultimately they loose the battle and the resulting supernovae disperse the synthesized elements in the universe. Nature does not know of waste products and from stellar dust many more stars are created. In this talk we would discuss the birth and demise of stars. It is for the audience to decide if it is more of stellar science or abstract art.

Resource People: 
Lecturer
Dr. Jameel-un-Nabi
Ghulam Ishaque Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, NWFP

First Falakyati Mela at the Punjab University

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
29 January 2009, Thursday
Time: 
6 pm
Venue: 
Jogging Track, Punjab University, Lahore
Resource People: 
Lead astronomer
Umair Asim
Khwarizmi Science Society
Astronomer
Omer Bin Abdul Aziz
Lahore Astronomical Society

Usefulness of Extra Dimensions of Spacetime

Registration: 
Open to all.
Date: 
27 January 2009, Tuesday
Time: 
6 pm
Venue: 
Environmental Law College, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
Resource People: 
Speaker
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy
Chairman, Department of Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad