Author Archives: Ram Venugopal

Overview: LightSound Project: Accessibility for the Blind/Low-Vision Community

The LightSound Project began in 2017 as a way to make solar eclipses accessible to the blind and low-vision (BLV) community. LightSound is a low-cost, smartphone-size device that uses Arduino technology to convert light intensity to sound, giving BLV people another way to engage with an eclipse. During the 2017 eclipse, we deployed 3 devices […]

Overview: Astronomy Development for the Girl-Child Using Optical Telescope in Nigeria

The project “Astronomy Development for the Girl-Child Using Optical Telescope in Nigeria” is a unique project geared towards awakening the interest of the girl-child for active participation in astronomical activities. In Africa, the study of astronomy is lagging compared to what is obtainable in the western world. The story is not different in Nigeria as […]

Overview: An initiative for development of local communities in “La Tatacoa”

La Tatacoa is home to numerous fossil deposits, some of which date to the pre-Cambrian period. It is also considered one of the best destinations for astrotourism due to its dark skies, excellent weather and landscapes. During the last decades, the number of visitors per year has been growing, reaching almost 50000 in 2019 when […]

Overview: AstroPhy Ghana

The project AstroPhy Ghana aims to train Senior High Schools (SHS)/University level 100 students within Accra in Ghana and introduce the students to basic python programming language, astronomy observation and data reduction. A table-top radio telescope (TTRT) will be built using a software-defined radio as a receiver, an amplifier and a horn as an antenna […]

Overview: Scouts for Astronomy

Core project idea: To hold an astronomy-scouts camp for students between the ages of 12 and 15 years to build interest in Astronomy and protecting the night sky, to inspire uptake of STEM and engineering subjects for both girls and boys and forge relationships with the Kenya Scouts Association. What we will do: We will […]