Providence College of Engineering reached another milestone with the launch of the Providence Space Observatory, the first of its kind in an engineering college in Kerala.
The observatory was inaugurated on 30th August 2017 by Prof. VN Rajasekharan Pillai, President, Mewar University and former Chairman, UGC in the presence of Dr. KG Balakrishnan (Director, Providence College of Engineering), Mr. George Mathew (Patron, Providence College of Engineering), Mrs. Mariamma George (Chairperson), Dr. Santhosh P Mathew (Principal), Dr. Mathews M George (Vice Principal) and Dr. K Vijaya Sankar (Academic Coordinator).
Located at the central block of the college at Vattamala, the observatory is equipped with Celestron Advanced VX 11” f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, workstation and image processing facilities. The 11-inch telescope, having a limiting stellar magnitude 14.7 enables to view, image and share knowledge on deep sky objects such as nebulas and galaxies, and many more. In addition, there will be an antique vintage telescope that gives a bird’s eye view of Alleppy. The geographical situation of Providence Space Observatory is 9 degree 30 min northern latitude and 76 degree 62 min eastern longitude.
“Providence Space Observatory aims to attract more students to the world of space. Envisioned to motivate them to look beyond the sky, it is also dedicated to the fun of astronomy at all levels from beginner to expert, casual viewing to scientific research.” – Dr KG Balakrishnan, Director, Providence College of Engineering
With immense pleasure, we welcome everybody interested in astronomy to our space observatory for exploring the space and discover the universe. The college, with prior appointments, will provide free facility to observe the COSMOS. For details, please contact Dr. K Vijaya Sankar, Mob: 94472 20963.