Did You Know About This 125-Year-Old Kodaikanal Observatory?

Founded in 1899 by the British East India Company, the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory confirmed the Evershed effect in 1909 and boasts a unique collection of solar activity

The Kodaikanal Solar Observatory was the first to confirm the Evershed affect—the radial motion in sunspots—in 1909 Photo: Marcus334/Wikimedia Commons

The iconic Kodaikanal Solar Observatory (KSO) in Tamil Nadu has been a mainstay of Indian astronomy since it was founded on April 1, 1899 by the British East India Company.