Sunday, May 20, 2012

Saturday Video: Umair Asim's observatory highlighted on Samaa TV

by Salman Hameed

Regular readers of the blog would be familiar with the burgeoning amateur astronomy scene in Pakistan. In particular, Umair Asim in Lahore has been doing fantastic work (see his website here). Here is a segment from a Samaa TV show that shows his observatory and some of his astrophotography (it is in Urdu):



By the way, it beats me why do they always have relatively loud music (with vocals) playing in the background. It is unnecessarily distracting - especially when one is talking about galaxies :). 

4 comments:

Gary said...

There is a simple explanation for the background music. This is actually a scene from a Lollywood movie. The plot goes nerdy man meets attractive young woman. He uses the most original pick up line in the book inviting her back to his place to see his telescope. Cue the romantic music as woman climbs the circular staircase to romantic bliss only to discover the telescope is for real and the guy really does want to talk astronomy. It won't get much interest at the box-office, somehow photos of the moon, planets and galaxies don't quite come up to the expectation of a romantic song and dance through fields of flowers against an alpine backdrop.

Salman Hameed said...

Ha! Actually Umair missed the opportunity to break into song and dance. I think that would have considerably broaden the appeal for astronomy in Pakistan!

But I see a future in screenplay writing for you...

Anonymous said...

She didn't say 'Astrology' which is a blessing.

watch samaa tv online said...

(see his website here). Here is a segment from a Samaa TV show that shows his observatory and some of his astrophotography (it is in Urdu):