RU Dept

Astronomy

Background

  • The astronomers studied and mapped the space objects such as stars and comets first with the naked eye and then with the help of telescopes (optical, radio, …).
  • Before the advent of the communication satellites and GPS (Global Positioning System), seafarers had to rely on their knowledge of astronomy for navigation.
  • Greenwich is known for its observatory and the adoption of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
  • UCT (Universal Coordinated Time) is now preferred.
  • Edmund Halley is an Astronomer Royal known for the discovery of Halley’s comet.
  • Mark Twain’s birth and death coincided with the two visits of Halley’s comet.
  • AstroPhysics and AstroBiology are some disciplines using Astronomy.

U Ba Min

  • Saya U Ba Min (SPHS 56) joined the Mathematics Department.
  • He studied for his MS in Mathematics and Astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley in the US.
  • He later resigned citing medical reasons when he was transferred to Myitkyina College.
  • He opened a shop in Zay Gyo in Mandalay.
    One day, a group of Japanese visited his shop.
    They were surprised to learn that U Ba Min was a classmate of their Professor back in the US.
    They took a photo to show to their professor.

Other Sayas who taught Astronomy

  • Saya U Soe Min, and Saya U Sein Win are some Mathematics sayas who taught Astronomy at RASU.
  • Sayagyi U Min Wun (Civil) is well versed in both Western and Eastern Astronomy.
  • Saya U Aye Win Kyaw (C70, GBNF) taught Astronomy at MARB.

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