Star gazing near Pune @ Nisargshala

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Star chart and what up in the sky this month?

AS SEASONAL CHANGES really get underway in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, sky-watchers around the world can look up to get their best views of a giant asteroid as it zooms past Earth and to gaze at a double stream of bright meteors pulled apart by Jupiter’s massive gravitational field.

So dust off those binoculars, and get set to explore the night sky this month.

As we all have seen, the new moon has just passed few days ago, leaving us dark deep sky to look up. With moon’s absence in the night sky, gives us better view of stars, nebulae, clusters and even faintest of the sky objects. On November 10th and November 17th, we have organised a star gazing party at Nisargshala Campsite. 

Click the link to know more about, what all is going to happen this month, what all we can see. Also you can download star chart of the month.

Moon Visits Saturn—November 11

 

Look toward the low southwest sky an hour after local sunset to see the crescent moon paired up with bright, yellow-colored Saturn. Viewers with a backyard telescope can also use the opportunity to spy on the planet’s famous rings and large moons.

North Taurid Meteor Shower Peaks—November 12

Beginning late on the 11th and into the following morning, stargazers in mid-northern latitudes will be able to watch the peak of the North Taurid meteor shower. The individual meteors will also appear to radiate from the constellation Taurus, which will be riding high in the southern sky during the overnight hours. Sky-watchers away from city lights may see about 10 to 15 shooting stars an hour, including potential fireballs.

Mars Meets Moon—November 15

 
 

About half an hour after local sunset, look halfway up the southern sky to see Mars paired up with the waxing gibbous moon. The two objects will only be three degrees apart, a separation equal to the width of your three middle fingers held at arm’s length.

The red planet is quickly getting fainter and smaller in our sky throughout this month. As such, telescope observers will get their best views of Mars’ surface features in the next few weeks before its disk shrinks.

Leonid Meteor Shower Peak—November 17

 

Wait late into the night on the 17th and into the following early morning, and you’ll witness the peak of the annual Leonid meteor shower. In most years, this shower shines with as many as 20 shooting stars an hour visible from the dark countryside. This year, however, the full moon will unfortunately drown out all but the brightest shooting stars. With lunar glare in the way, your best shot to see meteors will be in the predawn hours, while the moon is setting in the west.

Asteroid Juno at Opposition—November 17

The asteroid Juno will be at its brightest since 2005 in the night sky on November 17.

 

At about 160 miles wide, the asteroid Juno should be easily visible with binoculars or small telescopes as it makes its closest approach to Earth since 2005. The space rock will zoom within 92,955,806 miles of our planet, and it won’t come this close again until 2031.

To find Juno, look toward the Eridanus constellation, next to Orion and Taurus, rising in the east near local midnight. Juno will appear to be just over one degree west of the faint star 32 Eridani. The best way to identify and track Juno is to photograph or sketch the same star field over a couple of nights—the “star” that moves is the asteroid.

Moon Buzzes Beehive—November 27

The waning gibbous moon will hang just below the Beehive cluster on November 27

 

Watch the eastern horizon before sunrise for the waning gibbous moon to pair with the Beehive star cluster. A pair of binoculars will easily resolve the cluster into its dozens of member stars.

Lie bacck and look up

Happy stargazing

Camping near Pune - Geminid Meteor Shower

Shooting stars

Register for this unique phenomenon, in which we will be watching a once in lifetime wonder of this vast Universe. Watching 100s of shooting stars falling from the sky, at an absolutely dark vicinity isa great experience. Date - 13 Dec 2018 - Time 6pm to 6am(14th Dec 2018)

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7 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

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