Country`s first space observatory in Faridpur...

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Country`s first space observatory in Faridpur

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:16 PM, 11 January 2021   Updated: 04:54 PM, 11 January 2021

Country`s first space observatory in Faridpur

Country`s first space observatory in Faridpur

The country's first space observation center is being set up at Bhanga upazila of Faridpur with the aim of building a science-minded nation.

Director General of the National Museum of Science and Technology Mohammad Munir Chowdhury said the project of 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Space Observatory Centre' will be presented to the Executive Committee of the Economic Council (ECNEC) on January 19 for final approval. The project will be implemented by June 2024 after ECNEC approval at the cost of Tk 213 crore.

The junction of the Tropic of Cancer and 90 degrees east longitude at Bhanga. If a space observatory center is set up here, people will able to observe space from Bangladesh through a telescope.

For this, land acquisition will be made to build office building, observatory tower, officers quarters, service building and water supply and sanitation.  

According to the source, it is essential to build a science-minded nation to accelerate the overall progress of Bangladesh. This project will create a new field of space science practice.  

The proposed center will have a variety of space science workshops and training opportunities for the general public. There will also be opportunities to organize training camps for participants in various International Astronomy or Astrophysics Olympiads. MPhil, PhD researchers will have the opportunity to research in space science.

Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARSO) is research and applied institute under the Ministry of Defense. The institute is engaged in research in the fields of space science and remote sensing technology, forest and environment, agro-fisheries, geology, mapping, water resources, land use, meteorology, geography, oceanography, etc. The center will also be developed as an educational support recreation center. Not only Bangladeshi but also foreign tourists will come to take advantage of this.

The implementation of the project will enhance the image of Bangladesh at home and abroad.