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Udaipur Solar Observatory Timings
|Monday||10:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Tuesday||10:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Wedesday||10:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Thursday||10:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Friday||10:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Saturday||10:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Sunday||10:00 am – 6:00 pm|
Note: The Udaipur Solar Observatory is not open for the PublicLinks: Website | Map
Sun, moon, and stars together complete our solar system. Scientists from all over the planet study these elements day and night to predict, promote, and enlighten us with the workings of the universe. The study of space is a difficult task that requires high precision and an ideal location to build a solar observatory, which is a rare occurrence in the current times. However, we are fortunate to have a Solar Observatory in the Udaipur region of Rajasthan.
Udaipur Solar Observatory is a perfect place to study solar physics in India. The Solar Observatory is situated in the middle of the water on an island which enhances its favorability. Since the air turbulence is less on the island in comparison to ground, it is easier to acquire sharp images of the solar system via modern telescopes.
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Location of Udaipur Solar Observatory
Udaipur Solar Observatory can be found on an island located in the middle of Lake Fateh Sagar. The environment is also favorable in Udaipur as you can find many cloudless days in a row. You will be amazed to see that this place receives 250 days of sunlight every year hence enhancing the quality and accuracy of the image.
Architecture of Udaipur Solar Observatory
Udaipur Solar Observatory is built right in the middle of Lake Fateh Sagar on a small islet. The architects and space scientists have carefully chosen this location due to the presence of an abundant source of water nearby. It helps in encompassing the telescopes to monitor the amount of heating of the surface layers, which directly affects the quality of the solar images. The presence of a water body reduces the air mass and enhances the image clarity and caliber, offering a sharpened form of images.
Image Gallery of Udaipur Solar Observatory
History of Udaipur Solar Observatory
Udaipur Solar Observatory was built under the command of Dr. Arvind Bhatnagar in the year 1975 under the keen supervision of the Vedshala Trust of Ahmedabad. In the year 1981, the Udaipur Solar Observatory was taken by the government association called Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad to carry on the proceedings of the Department of Space.
How to reach Udaipur Solar Observatory
Udaipur is an easily accessible place offering an easy way to enter the desired location.
· Airport- The Maharana Pratap Airport is located 26.3 km away from the Udaipur Solar Observatory. You can take a private taxi or cab to reach Udaipur Solar Observatory in about 45 minutes.
· Railway Station- The Udaipur Railway Station is just 8.4 km away from Udaipur Solar Observatory. You can reach Udaipur Solar Observatory by taking local transports like an auto-rickshaw to arrive without any hassles.
· Public Transport- You can find regular governmental buses to and from Udaipur. The nearest bus station drops you at central Udaipur City which is 8.2 km away from the Udaipur Solar Observatory.
The state government of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh run deluxe and non-deluxe buses at regular intervals. Since the Udaipur Solar Observatory is in the middle of the Lake, you need to hire a private boat from the shores of Lake Fateh Sagar to reach the Observatory.
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Entry fees and timings of Udaipur Solar Observatory
Please note Udaipur Solar Observatory is a restricted area, only staff personnel are allowed inside. Therefore, there is no entry fee charged at Udaipur Solar Observatory. You can have a look at the Observatory from outside only. However, in some exceptional cases, you can seek permission and visit the Observatory.
The Udaipur Solar Observatory is open from 10:00 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Best time to visit Udaipur Solar Observatory
It is advisable to visit Udaipur Solar Observatory in the summer months of the year as the solar images are spotless due to cloudless skies.
Things to do at Udaipur Solar Observatory
Since Udaipur Solar Observatory is an astonishing place for the universe enthusiastic, you can have a brief look at multiple telescopes available at Udaipur Solar Observatory. The telescopes found at Udaipur Solar Observatory are essential tools to conduct the independent research of space.
The telescope offers high-resolution images of the active solar region and more information about mass ejections and solar flares. They help in easy monitoring of velocity, solar chromospheres, magnetic field, and spectrum. Some of the best telescopes found at Udaipur Solar Observatory are mentioned below:
1. Razdow Telescope- The Razdow telescope is 6 foot in height used to determine the full disk H- alpha synoptic observations of the activities in space.
2. Scale Vector Magnetograph- The Scale Vector Magnetograph was developed and installed inhouse in the year 2007 to track the Sun and minimize the seeing error caused in the polarimetry. This is mounted on a German Equatorial mount to ensure clarity.
3. Coude’ Telescope- This telescope is used to feed the solar beam to the adaptive optics (AO) lab of the USO. This 15 cm Zeiss telescope is a suitable tool to track the activities of Sun.
4. Global Oscillations Network Group (GONG) Telescope- GONG Telescope is the most significant achievement of USO as there are only 5 GONG telescopes all over the globe. The function of GONG is to automatically monitor the Sun for 24 hours with an intention to probe into the solar region and also derive the digital velocity images of the Sun after every 60 seconds. GONG Telescope has a promising future with more fundamental and precise details about the solar interior and general astrophysics.
5. H-alpha Spar Telescope- This telescope is used to observe the tiny high-resolution chromospheric structures of space. The telescope has 25 cm aperture and 12-foot solar spars making it highly useful to space scientists.
6. Multi-Application Solar Telescope (MAST)- MAST is one of the largest telescopes in India. This unique telescope began the complex study of solar activities in the year 2015. The scientists have predicted that MAST has the unique ability to seek a massive amount of rare astronomical data. The critical function of MAST is to study the seismic effects of solar flares in the universe as well as to monitor the activities of the Sun and further capture its 3D images.
Places to visit near Udaipur Solar Observatory
Udaipur Solar Observatory is located close to many sites of historical significance within a 10 km radius.
1. Saheliyon ki Bari- Located 3.3 km away from Udaipur Solar Observatory, this is an astonishing place for nature lovers.
2. Maharana Pratap Memorial- Maharana Pratap Memorial, 3 km away from the Udaipur Solar Observatory is a historic site with a giant statue of Maharana Pratap sitting on his loyal horse, Chetak.
3. Nehru Garden- Located 2.8 km away from Udaipur Solar Observatory, Nehru Garden is a stunning place offering a calm and serene environment. If you are seeking some quiet time, you can visit this astonishing garden.
4. Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal- Situated 4.5 km away from Udaipur Solar Observatory, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal is a unique cultural hub of Rajasthan showcasing the best folk talent in the state.
5. Lal Bagh Restaurant- One of the most famous restaurants in Udaipur, Lal Bagh Restaurant is found 4.3 km away from the Udaipur Solar Observatory and serves authentic Rajasthani cuisines.
6. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Tribal Museum– Tribes are an essential section of the Rajasthani Community with outstanding culture and traditions showcased in the Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Tribal Museum located 6.8 km away from the Udaipur Solar Observatory.
Interesting facts about Udaipur Solar Observatory
- Udaipur Solar Observatory is considered to be one of the best Solar Observatories in Asia to observe the movement of Sun.
- Udaipur Solar Observatory has been built by taking inspiration from a Solar Observatory in Big Bear Lake of California.
Things to keep in mind while visiting Udaipur Solar Observatory
Please note that prior booking is a must.
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