Ask an Astronomer

It’s not everyday you get to talk to a professional astronomer and ask all those questions you have.

Recently a good astronomer friend of mine – Michael Snowden – was in Sri Lanka. Michael and I decided to spend an evening with few students who are keen on astronomy. Five students coming from various backgrounds were invited as a result.

The discussion started with Michael explaining the historical side of modern astronomy and compared how things have progressed today. Then the students got the opportunity to talk about their favorite fields in astronomy. The topics varied from Astrophysics, Modern Telescopes, and Life in the Universe to big old question – the birth of the Universe.

The session was held on the 21st of March 2010 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo.

Some photos from the session:

Students with Michael Snowden

Yashodara Abeykoon (high school Biology student)

Shamil Asitha Kuruppu (high school Mathematics Student)

Sheloni De Silva (high school Biology Student)

Dimuth Prasad Welivitiya (Graduate student)

Prasanna Deshapriya (undregraduate freshman)

Michael Snowden and Thilina Heenatigala with the students


Desh said...

Well, Sheloni is a biology student !

Thilina Heenatigala said...

opps.. Thanks, changed it :-)
This is a nice group of students.