Bhubaneswar: Last week Odia astronomer Kailash Sahu alongwith a team of Astronomers of Space Telescope Science Institute, US that he was leading, successfully measured the mass of a star far beyond our galaxy. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today shared his success story on his social media profiles on Twitter and Facebook, making many Odias proud.
The CM threw light on Sahu’s growing years in Odisha. Sahu was born in ‘Bellagam village of Ganjam district, which did not even have electricity when he was a child.. He studied in the village school and his village saw electricity for the first time when he was 12 years old or in Class VII. From there he went to Berhampur University, IIT Kharagpur and prominent universities abroad, finally becoming a NASA leader in new space discovery,’ informed Naveen.
Sahu is known as Planet Hunter in the astronomy fraternity since he has discovered 16 new planets in 2006.
“Shri Sahu’s march is a testament to sheer determination and hard work. He also epitomises the abundance of talent and capabilities among Odias to excel in the most specialised areas,” wrote the CM.
This time Sahu and his team validated Einstein’s theory even while proving him wrong by calculating the mass of a white dwarf star, which the great scientist had said was impossible. The astronomers measure mass of a star named Stein 2051B and located 17 light years away, using the principles of Einstein’s century old theory of gravity bending light.