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Growth of Optical Astronomy in India

  • S. S. Hasan

Abstract

Until about 80 years ago, astronomy centred solely around observations in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. India has a rich heritage in astronomy going back more than a millennium. The noteworthy contributions of Aryabhatta, Varahamihira, Brahmagupta, Bhaskara I and Bhaskara II are covered elsewhere in this book. However, till the time the telescope was invented 400 years ago, the human eye was the main instrument used. The use of the telescope revolutionised astronomy, signalling the birth of optical astronomy, as we know it today.

Keywords

Star Formation Active Galactic Nucleus Star Cluster Variable Star Global Oscillation Network Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of AstrophysicsBengaluruIndia

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