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Observing the Venus Transit in Sirohi, Rajasthan

June 6, 2012 will be long remembered by the citizens of Goyli village, Sirohi, Rajasthan when they got an opportunity to observe the Venus transit at the Government Upper Primary School in a program organized by the Azim Premji Foundation. Also present were the district collector Banna Lal, the SDM, Prahladsahay Naga, the ADPC (SSA) Kantilal Khatri, the village headperson Jhamu Devi and residents of the neighboring villages who had come in huge numbers to watch what would be the last Venus transit of our lifetimes. The next one will take place in the year 2117. Similar events were organized in every block of the district.  

Beginning in April, the Foundation had carried out a comprehensive campaign to raise awareness about the Venus transit that included articles in newspapers and workshops at the block level where people were informed about the safe methods of observing the transit. The school and the district administration ably supported the Foundation in organizing the event that allowed hundreds of people to see this astronomical spectacle. Events such as this one will help generate an interest in astronomy and outer space, especially amongst children and will give the country a new generation of astronomers
Sirohi, Rajasthan