Admiring stars

I love to “let others look at” stars.

The beginning of my interest in “looking at” stars was the astronomical telescope my grandfather bought for me when I was in the second year of junior high school. On the day the astronomical telescope arrived, I took it outside and tried to focus on the brightest star in the sky right away. It was really difficult for me to adjust the telescope at first. No sooner had I finally made it than I realized that the star had rings around it. It was Saturn. How pretty it was, I was amazed, and thought I saw something important. The time was probably about 8pm. I would have looked at the moon, if there had been the moon. Instead, Saturn was shining in the southeast. Just recently I checked with an astronomy simulation software and found out that was in mid October of 1968.

Saturn I saw that night surely ushered me into the world of stars later in my life. In 1968, a year prior to the first moon landing of the mankind, Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft which orbited the moon and returned safely to Earth. The spacecraft back from 380,000 km away reentered the atmosphere of Earth at a speed of 10km per second. They said the spacecraft must reenter the atmosphere in a certain angle with an allowable error range of 2degree. If the angle was deeper, the spacecraft would be burned down, and, if shallower, it would be bounced back. I remember I was so thrilled with the television coverage of Apollo 8. 

January 25th, 2017
Hiroshi Osumi, Photonics Center

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  • Student staffs of the 7th Kid's Photonics School "Super HIKARI JUKU" ( Oct. 30th, 2016 ) were officially commended. Student staffs of the 7th Kid's Photonics School "Super HIKARI JUKU" (Oct. 30th, 2016 ) were officially commended by the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University.They were awarded a prize because of not only quality of the lecture but also outreach activity.The commendation ceremony was held on March 17th, 2017 and General manager of GM participated as a representative for student staffs. Professor Tanaka, Dean of the Graduated School of Engineering, honored them for their achievements.
    Posted Mar 22, 2017, 9:49 PM by 倉田早織
  • International Day of Light will start on May 16, 2018 Annual International Day of Light that will take place every year on May 16, beginning in 2018. Although the International Year of Light ended over a year ago, many of the activities that were started in 2015 continue today, and indeed are being developed further and amplified worldwide. UNESCO itself has provided us with a fantastic opportunity for the future with its Executive Board endorsing an annual *International Day of Light*. We got this announcement as an International Year of Light Partner from Light2015 Secretariat.
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 3:53 PM by PARC Osaka University
  • The 9th PARC Symposium Tokyo was held on January 26 On January 26, 2017 the 9th Photonics Symposium “Photonics and Innovation” was held by Osaka University Photonics Center at Otemachi Sankei Plaza in Tokyo. President of Osaka University, Shojiro Nishio, gave the opening talk about the university’s photonics research strategy, followed by the greeting speech of Masato Masaki from Science and Technology Policy Bureau, MEXT.  Prof. Masuo Aizawa, Program Director of JST, talked about innovation in science technology, and Prof. Satoshi Kawata of Osaka University and the former Executive Director of the Photonics Center, talked about the photonics from an academic point of view. Prof. Din Ping Tsai from Academia Sinica, National Taiwan University, gave a lecture on “Plasmonic Metasurface for Optical Applications in Demand”, and Prof. Gerd Leuchs ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 9:44 PM by PARC Osaka University
  • On January 6, we received a visit from 12 officials from METI and AIST. On January 6, we received a visit from 12 officials from METI and AIST.Mr. Hiroyuki Suematsu, Director-General of METI’s Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, and other 11 officials from METI, METI Kansai and AIST visited the Photonics Center and observed the facility on January 6, 2017.   Prof. Noriyoshi Kikuchi, Deputy Director of the Office for University-Industry Collaboration of Osaka University, explained the framework of our collaboration with the industry/government/academia.  Prof. Yasushi Inouye, Executive Director of the Photonics Center, and Prof. Junichi Takahara gave an outline of the Center’s activities and showed them some laboratories of our partner companies (IDEC Corp., Sosho Inc., and Nanophoton Corporation) as well as our state ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 3:55 PM by PARC Osaka University
  • Opening Ceremony of the Advanced Photonics and Biosensing Open Innovation Laboratory was held On January 6, 2017, the opening ceremony of the Advanced Photonics and Biosensing Open Innovation Laboratory, or “PhotoBIO-OIL” was successfully held at the Icho Kaikan hall of Osaka University. PhotoBIO-OIL is the first laboratory jointly established by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Osaka University in accordance with their agreement of cooperation concluded in May 2011. At the ceremony, we were honored to invite a number of guest speakers including Mr. Hiroyuki Suematsu, Director-General, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI, Mr. Yoichi Ito, Director-General, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, MEXT, and Mr. Masayuki Matsushita, vice chairman of Kansai Economic Federation. The ceremony was well attended by researchers of ...
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