Star gazing near Pune @ Nisargshala

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THE NEW YEAR starts off with a bang thanks to 2019’s best celestial fireworks show, followed by eye-catching planetary encounters and an eerie wolf moon eclipse.

So, if your holiday haul included new binoculars or telescopes, mark your January calendar and get ready to try out your stargazing gear!

Super blood wolf moon eclipse—January 20-21

 

Late on the 20th, Earth’s dark shadow will creep over the full wolf moon, turning the silvery orb blood red during the year’s only total lunar eclipse. By cosmic coincidence, this full moon will also be especially close to Earth that night, making it a so-called supermoon.

Totality, or total coverage of the moon, will begin at 11:41 p.m. ET on January 20 (4:41 UT on January 21) and will last for 62 minutes. The entire 3.5-hour event—including partial eclipses before and after totality—will be visible from the Americas, Greenland, Iceland, western Europe, and western Africa. Sky-watchers in eastern Europe and eastern Africa will witness only the partial eclipse, while people in most of Asia will not see any part of the sky show.

Venus joins Jupiter—January 22

Two of the brightest planets visible in Earth’s skies will join forces in a spectacular conjunction at dawn. Hazy Venus and huge Jupiter will appear to be separated by only two degrees, so that the brilliant duo will dominate the southeastern sky. As a bonus observing challenge, look carefully to the pair’s lower right to find the orange-hued stellar jewel, Antares, the lead star in the constellation Scorpius

Two of the brightest planets visible in Earth’s skies will join forces in a spectacular conjunction at dawn. Hazy Venus and huge Jupiter will appear to be separated by only two degrees, so that the brilliant duo will dominate the southeastern sky. As a bonus observing challenge, look carefully to the pair’s lower right to find the orange-hued stellar jewel, Antares, the lead star in the constellation Scorpius..

Trio of worlds—January 30-31

Early-bird sky-watchers will be treated to a stunning celestial trio at dawn on the 30th, as the waxing crescent moon glides into a tight formation with Jupiter and Venus. By the night of the 31st, the moon will be less than two degrees from Venus. That is about equal to the width of your thumb held at arm’s length, making it a visually striking conjunction not to be missed.

Stay tuned for more sky updates from Nisargshala.

Lie back and Look up

Hemant S Vavale

 

 

Camping near Pune - Geminid Meteor Shower

Lyrid Meteor shower

Oldest Recorded Meteor Shower Named after constellation Lyra, the Lyrids are one of the oldest recorded meteor showers—according to some historical Chinese texts, the shower was seen over 2,500 years ago. April 22, 2019

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9 thoughts on “Star gazing near Pune @ Nisargshala

  1. poonam Khodke

    Hi,

    I am interested for ” Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower—May 5 “. Kindly let me know how can I enroll what are the charges etc.
    If possible kindly share contact number of a right contact person.

    Thank You
    Poonam Khodke

    1. Hemant Post author

      Hi Poonam,
      Apology. We don’t have any event organised for this meteor shower.
      However, please mark your calender for Dec 13th, 2018 for Geminid Meteor shower, for which we have an event.
      My contact number is – 9049002053

      Regards

  2. Shraddha

    Hi.. I am looking for star gazing activity on 13th December.. I have a toddler with me.. plz confirm if it is advisable to come there along with him. is the place toddlers friendly,

    1. Hemant Post author

      Hi Shraddha,

      It absolutely a kids friendly campsite. The weather is going to be quite cool those days, so you gave got to be prepared with all woolen clothing necessary for the kid and adults as well. You can proceed with registering. If you have any other question, you can contact me on 9049002053

      Regards,

      Hemant S Vavale

    1. Hemant Post author

      hi
      U can register from bookimg page on this website. The cost is 1800 rs per person for overnight camping. U can get all details of inclusions on packages page.
      Regards

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