J. C. Bhattacharyya

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J.C. Bhattacharyya (1931 – 4 June 2012)[1] was an Indian professor well known for his contributions in experimental astrophysics. He became the director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in 1982.[2]


In 1971 he discovered a thin atmosphere around Ganymede, a satellite of Jupiter. For this he used ground based optical telescope at Kavulr, Tamil Nadu, India. In 1977 he discovered an extended ring system around Uranus using lunar an Occultation technique. The voyager mission later confirmed his discovery.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ex-Director of institute of astrophysics passes away". June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Indian Institute of Astrophysics". Retrieved June 9, 2012.