Venu Bappu Observatory
Recently a function has been organized on the completion of 50 years of its establishment.
- Several stellar discoveries of the 40-inch telescope at the Venu Bappu Observatory were highlighted on the occasion. It is an astronomical observatory.
- It is owned and operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
- It is situated on the Javadi hills in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu.
- This telescope was installed in the observatory in the year 1972 by the Indian astronomer Venu Bappu.
- It is credited with discoveries such as the presence of rings around the planet Uranus, new satellites of Uranus, and the presence of an atmosphere around Ganymede. Ganymede is a satellite of Jupiter.
- Other important research from this includes the discovery and study of ‘B stars’, lithium depletion in massive stars, optical variability in flares, and the dynamics of the famous supernova SN 1987A.
Source – PIB