Vinita Navalkar

Vinita first began her journey of astrophotography over 10 years ago, when she first shot Jupiter using her point and shoot camera. Since then,...

Astrophotography: Dance of the Night Sky

Step out of a smoggy metro, find a clear patch of sky, and look up - and the twinkling night sky rarely fails to take your breath away. That twinkling beauty contains within it all manner of objects - and a little bit of knowledge helps you recognise constellations, the Milky Way, comets. The beauty then moves beyond pinpoints of light to a sense of the life of a massive universe enveloping you. Astronomers and astrophysicists seek to understand the life of this massive universe beyond the earth. Astrophotographers commit themselves to recording this life for both beauty and scientific purposes. Sometimes the scientific search and the recording of beauty come together in one person.

We are delighted to invite astronomer and astrophotographer - Vinita Navalkar - to Mumbai Local, to take us into the science and beauty of the night sky with her amazing photographs. We have so many questions for her - How does astrophotography work? Is knowledge of science necessary for astrophotography? Do the photographs taken impact discoveries in science? Vinita will answer these and more, sharing her discoveries, her journey, and her absolute love for astrophotography with us.

Do join us on Saturday for a journey into the mysteries and beauty of space.

Curated by Arnab Bhattacharya
RSVP for this session begins on Monday 2nd December, 2019.

Vinita first began her journey of astrophotography over 10 years ago, when she first shot Jupiter using her point and shoot camera. Since then, she has spent many hours under the stars attempting to perfect her skills in one of the most frustrating forms of photography! So far she have managed to capture some decent photos of various Nebulae, Clusters, Galaxies, Planets, comets etc. But the most interesting object for her has been the Milky Way!

Apart from Astrophotography, her basic interest is deep sky observations. She is an active member of Khagol Mandal, NGO, which works for the popularization of Astronomy in Maharashtra. She conducts sky observation programs for various age groups right from school kids to old members of the society. She also conducts basic and advanced courses on various topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics in different schools and colleges.

Vinita also loves to sketch and paint and sometimes spends hours creating some landscapes or artifacts. 

As far as her professional career is concerned, she has completed her post-graduation from Ramnarain Ruia College majoring in Physics. Later, she joined TIFR for her doctoral studies under Prof. K. P. Singh. Her doctoral studies consisted of ground-based calibration of Soft X-ray Telescope, onboard ASTROSAT and fabrication of Multilayer Optics for future Hard X-ray Telescope. Currently working in Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences as Research Associate.

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