प्रणाम and Hello!
Aakash Gautam is an astronomer, educator and space exploration advocate. He hails from the land of snow - Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. He educates the general public and youth especially students about outer space. He is widely known by his online pseudonym Planet Aakash for his work in astronomy videos, infographics, and visual content imagery.
From always he had this passion for space exploration. Getting access to the internet at an early age and helped him to further delve in into the Cosmos. He started watching TV shows, documentaries on space and astronomy and eventually got addicted to them. He recalls his interest starting at age 10-11 when he first watched the science TV show named Through the Wormhole. It was the first season of the series, narrated by Morgan Freeman. He still distinctly remember the name of that episode – ‘What happened before the beginning?’ And, yeah…that was pretty much the beginning of his interest.
Growing with this passion, it was obvious to Aakash to share his passion with others. Therefore, He started to share thoughts about space with family and friends, but unfortunately, they weren’t that interested in this thing. So, evidently he turned to social media. He started making friends with similar interest on Facebook and alike platforms and joined multiple groups related to Astronomy.
Well, We, as a species, are explorers. The valuable and often neglected source of wisdom and curiosity can be found not in what we know but in what we don’t know. Following the same essence, the very nature of this vast dark cosmos motivates him to learn as well as educate others about it, and Hence Planet Aakash. As soon as, Aakash saw a boom in digital media platforms in India, he quickly shifted gears and made his presence all over the social media. Today is Planet Aakash is spread over 10 ‘sharing’ platforms.
CREATE - EDUCATE - CURATE - ADVOCATE Principle
Gautam has a keen interest in educating and teaching people not just about astronomy and space science but also other subjects. His favorites include programming, psychology, and marketing. He follows the principle of CREATE-EDUCATE-CURATE-ADVOCATE. He suggests creating things for people as simple as possible to make grasping power of the content much more. Then educate people about the subject, Once you curate or ignite people on interesting areas from the subject; they become fairly interested in the subject too; they start to explore little things from the subject on their own. At last, advocate about the subject, popularize the subject. It is a continuous process as Aakash describes it.
To further reinforce the idea of educating and advocating general public on Astronomy, Aakash along with some highly skilled people started a new initiative called CosmosNow. CosmosNow is a parent to CosmosNow website, CosmosNow Magazine and CosmosNow #AstronomyForEveryone non-profit educate-advocate initiative.