Asha Purdue Presents “Ship of Theseus”- Feb 28th 2014

“Yes, it’s very convenient to hold on to one rope… and let the other one lose as and when you feel like. I guess we all agree with reason…and now it’s only a matter of disposition.” -Maitreya in Ship Of Theseus

Asha Purdue – Global Movie Fest 2014 brings to Purdue University critically acclaimed Indian drama ” Ship of Theseus” as part of Global film festival on Feb 28th, 2014- 6:00 PM Krannert Auditorium (Room 140), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

“An astounding tour de force!” – British Film Institute
“A master piece of sorts” – The Independent
“Hidden gem of the year” – Cameron Bailey
“The most significant film to have come out of India in a long time” – Shyam Benegal
“Breathtaking visual poetry” – Hollywood Reporter

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The movie is being screened for free! Join us now as space is limited!

Don’t miss the experience to watch Ship of Theseus on large screen, your only chance to watch the movie on large screen in this area.Come and bring your friends for Ship of Theseus screening as well as follow the rest of the schedule of Asha Purdue Global Film Festival 2014 as attached below.

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‘Global Film Fest 2014 – A Festival of Hope‘ is being organized by Asha for Education’s Purdue Chapter, in collaboration with OMEGA (Official Mechanical Engineering Graduate Association). This event aims to bring together a medley of internationally acclaimed, award winning, Oscar nominated films, short films and documentaries. This years film selection includes:

Program of the Film Festival

Feb 28th: Film Festival Opening

  •  6-6:30 PM: Opening Ceremony
  • 6:30 PM: Special screening of Ship of Theseus

March 1st: Oscar Celebration day

  • Noon- 2 PM: Oscar nominee 2014 Short films Live Action

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) (Spanish)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) (French)
Helium (Danish)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) (Finland)
The Voorman Problem (UK, English)
Special screening of Purdue student short film Refraction

  • 2-3 PM: Lunch Break (Snacks will be available on sale)
  • 3- 5 PM: Oscar nominee 2014 Short films Animation

Feral (English)
Get a Horse! (Disney)
Mr. Hublot Luxemborg, France (English)
Possessions (Japanese)
Room on the Broom (UK English)
Special screening of short Film Dopahar

  • 5-6 PM: Tea Break (Snacks will be available on sale)
  • 6- 8 PM: A Separation (Oscar winning film from Iran)
  • 8-9 PM A talk or discussion by Iranian student club

(Dinner will be available for sale)

March 7th

  • 6-9 PM : To Be Decided

March 28th

  • 6-9 PM : The Girl Rising (Award winning Documentary from Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins)

March 29th: Oscar Winning Foreign Films

  • Noon- 2PM : Award winning short films/animations

Short Film 9 meters (Danish)
Cafe Royal Regular (Arabic/Persian)
Mr Shanbags shop
Logorama/TBD

  • 2-3 PM: Lunch Break (Snacks will be available on sale)
  • 3- 5 PM: Oscar winning foreign film (TBD)
  • 5-6 PM: Tea Break (Snacks will be available on sale)
  • 6–8 PM: Oscar winning foreign film (TBD)

The festival kicks-off on February 28th Friday and will continue over several weeks as mentioned above. The movies will be screened at Krannert Auditorium. The admission is free for all the students. Donations to support Asha Purdue projects are welcome. More details to come soon! Snacks will be available for purchase, all proceeds go to charity.

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Asha Purdue Video

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Asha Purdue video summarizing chapter’s activities and projects during past two years. Asha Purdue is a chapter of non profit organization, Asha for Education, at Purdue University. The chapter currently supports two educational projects in India and looking forward to support more schools and projects. For more information, please visithttp://www.ashanet.org/purdue/

 

The Sound Of Gravity

Another post on “Gravity” which explains that I am still in awe after watching this movie. Although there were few scientific errors in the movie but I am not going to nit-pick on those considering how other aspects of the movie especially special effects and 3-D make up for those errors. Besides spectacular 3-D effects, another winner in this movie is the sound which enhanced the overall space experience. Probably this is going to be the last post on this movie, enjoy the video!

Story Of Physics- A Short Animation

If you wanted to know about history of Physics in less than 5 minutes without going through lengthy classes and equations and preferably presented in a fun way (animation), here you go! Here is a short animation created by Asa Lucander for BBC describing important milestones in Physics. More interesting videos and science stories to be uploaded soon, so keep coming back!

Solar Cycle And Dancing Lights- Aurora 2013

As described in my earlier posts, our local star Sun, undergoes a natural cycle of roughly 11 years and  it’s peak activity it is manifested by increase in number of solar spots, coronal mass ejections (CME), enormous magnetic waves.  CMEs when they travel to earth are then directed by earth’s magnetic fields towards earths poles which leads to display of beautiful Aurora or dancing lights. Auroras are result of the interaction between ions and electrons from the solar wind with Earth’s magnetic field and upper atmosphere. During Coronal Mass Ejections from the sun, high energetic ions are bombarded towards the earth. These ions migrate towards poles due to Earth’s magnetic fields, that’s why this phenomenon is seen mostly at Northern and Southern poles of the earth. These high energetic ions interact with Oxygen and Nitrogen of the upper atmosphere and excite them to higher energy levels. When the atoms fallback to ground state it emits light typical to particular atom. Oxygen emits at a wavelength of 558 nm (green) and at 630 nm (red ). Emission at 558 nm is more prominent and that’s how Aurora gets it’s greenish color. A slight tinge of red color can also be seen at times.  Auroras in other colors have also been seen such as blue and purple but green ones are most prominent. Here is a beautiful timelapse video captured by Christian Mülhauser in Norway during Feb 2013.

2013 is supposed to be solar maxima but unfortunately, our Sun has been low in activity and has defied many predictions, probably the weakest in more than a century. Solar activity is also measured by the number of solar spots observed and this time maximum solar spots observed has been 67 (observed in Feb 2011) and since then it has been low and it appears that it will slowing down now onwards. As compared to this cycle, more than ~150 sun spots (2003) were observed in last solar cycle.

A lull in solar activity means reduced Aurora display on earth which is sad. Although last week there was a short burst of activity which resulted on some Aurora display and was captured by Astro Photographer Göran Strand in Sweden on Oct 2nd, 2013. Enjoy the videos by  Göran Strand and Christian Mülhauser and hopefully solar activity picks up!

Soruces:  http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/predict.shtml

http://www.astrofotografen.se/

https://vimeo.com/62534688

Movie Gravity Reminded Me Of These Awesome ISS Pictures Taken From Earth

Movie “Gravity” released past week is one of the best space movie as far as I can remember aided by  superlative 3D special effects. If you havn’t watched the movie yet, it is highly recommended that you should visit your nearby 3D Theatre and enjoy the thrill of being in space via movie Gravity. I am not going to write a review of the movie in this post, but I just wanted to post few pictures of International Space Station (ISS) which has been featured in this movie. It is difficult to imagine that one can view ISS and shuttle from the ground with naked eye, but it is possible to see ISS as well as shuttle and in fact any satellite if timed appropriately.

 What you see above is the image of sun and the speckle you see are the images of solar transit of ISS and shuttle Atlantis after undocking from ISS and returning back to earth. This stunning image has been taken by photographer Thierry Legault during Sep 2006 in France. If we zoom in, we can see the ISS very clearly.

There is another image of ISS taken by Thierry Legault during 2009 where ISS image can be seen more clearly. These images are awesome considering that the distance between the observer and the object was about 550 km.

And ofcourse, as you saw in the movie, ISS is not the only space station, there is Chinese space station named Tiangong-1 which means “Heavenly Palace” in Chinese and was launched in 2011. Tiangong-1 is at the same orbital height as ISS. Thierry Legault imaged Tiangong just like ISS and can be seen below. Hopefully you enjoyed these pictures, thanks to Thierry Legault’s awesome photography!

Image credit: Thierry Legault | http://legault.perso.sfr.fr

Tarang 2013 a Huge Success!

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Tarang 2013 presented by Asha for Education Purdue chapter was a huge success with a housefull audience of more than 200 people enjoying 12 performances which included Indian classical dance form Bharatnatyam, Bollywood dance, fusion, semi-classical and folk dance forms, Break dances and hip hop, Jazz and contemporary dances, songs and vocal performances which included Indian American A Cappella and Bollywood song, and a hilarious skit with the theme of Indian celebrities and politicians attending Overdue University! Overall, the audience enjoyed a well organized cultural show. Well done Team Asha Purdue and all the individual performers and groups (Purdue Taal, Purdue Roobaroo, Purdue Indian dance Club, IWA kids, Purdue Boilermakers). Details of all the performances and performers can be found here . A big Thank You to all the performers and volunteers. Pictures can be found here while videos will be updated soon.

Your help and support made the event a huge success. Asha Purdue projects need your help and support. Help us in raising funds by participating in Work an Hour campaign.

This year, Asha Purdue’s project Diksha KHEL, is part of Work An Hour Campaign, where we ask you to symbolically donate one hour of your salary or more for the education of underprivileged children in India. Diksha- KHEL not only helps children acquire basic literacy but also focuses on holistic learning so that they grow intellectually and not just mechanically as often happens in cases of schools/institutions serving the underprivileged. And one of the chief goals is the ‘mainstreaming’ of children into government schools whereby the organization continue to support students- often first generation school students- attending government primary school by offering classes before/after school hours.

Please make sure when you donate to select Purdue as your chapter affiliation and project as Diksha KHEL from pull down menu. One way to maximize your impact is to avail of company matching. Find out today and contact us if your company will supplement your donation.
http://workanhour.ashanet.org/donate.php?p=1138&a=56&r=asha_Purdue

Please make sure when you donate to select Purdue as your chapter affiliation and project as Diksha KHEL from pull down menu.