An Iranian scientist's ambitious idea was introduced in the International Solar Eclipse Conference 2011 despite Indian refusal to grant visa to the Iranian scientist. A representative of Iranian embassy to New Delhi joined the conference and presented the Iranian scientist's plan dubbed "observing solar eclipse from the space."
The Iranian representative also discussed Iran's suggestion to host the next round of the conference.
Hamid Djodeiri Khodashenas, an amateur researcher and astronomer has visited different countries to observe solar eclipse over last 12 years. He failed to join the conference following Indian refusal to give visa.
The Head of Sayeh Research Institute was to attend the conference as the only researcher from Middle Eastern countries.
Participants at the Solar Eclipse Conference 2011 in New Delhi, India have welcomed Iran's candidacy to host the 2014 international solar eclipse conference in Tehran.
The International Solar Eclipse (SEC) Conference 2011 which wrapped up in New Delhi on 17 December was aimed at convening prominent astronomers and eclipse chasers from all across the world to finalize plans for the 2012 totality.
International figures including Fred Espenak, better known as world's Mr. Eclipse have joined the gathering. Eclipse have applauded the results achieved at the conference.
Iran's Mr. Eclipse Hamid Djodeiri Khodashenas scheduled to address the meeting failed to attend the conference due to inconveniences. However, he was highly admired by the participants and his article on "observing the eclipse from the space" was introduced at the meeting by Dr. Espenak who delivered a lecture in his absence.
Despite Djoderi's absence, Iranian diplomat Asqar Ashena Gohar from Tehran's mission in New Delhi represented the conference and read the message relayed by Sayeh Research institute.
Khodashenas's plan to sight the natural phenomena from the space was highly welcomed both by organizers of the conference and high-profile eclipse chasers.
Scientists and researchers from India, United States, Australia, Canada, UK and France have attended the conference held in the Rama Krishna Bajaj auditorium, located at the Vishwa Yuvak Kendra International Youth Center in New Delhi.
Also a message from Hamid Djodeiri Khodashenas for International Solar Eclipse Conference 2011recited in the conference follows.
I feel sorry that I could not get visa from Indian Embassy and missed the conference.
It's very important to inform you that for taking part in this conference, I have worked hard over the past six month.
I also prepared some gifts of my friends and eclipse family.
I hope that the Indian authorities and international Solar Eclipse conference board adviser consider this situation and prevent similar inconveniences in future.
I am pleased to inform you that Sayeh Research Institute announces its candidacy to host the 2014 International Solar Eclipse conference in Tehran.
I hope to be able to give a report on observing the total solar eclipse in space once the mission has been completed in the next International Solar Eclipse Conference.
The plan introduced by Khodashenas includes observing Solar Eclipse in Space: a dream that is coming true:
After observing seven total solar eclipses at seven continents in the last twelve years and making scientific documentaries about them; now, solar eclipse in space is our next target. We are planning to provide a series of photographs and films to show the variations in solar corona, based on precise observations out of the earth's atmosphere during a cycle of solar activities. In parallel, we are going to set up the preliminary calculations to do such observation from the space. Breathing an aesthetic perspective into the science will make it more appealing. This attraction can be also used to absorb astro-tourists in the future. As a whole, we believe that the results of this project can be far beyond our current imagination; thus, we are going to call for contributions among the participants of this conference to improve this.
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