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About skytonight

I am the present Director of Nehru Planetarium of Nehru Centre Mumbai, India I like to talk about astronomy and sky observations to general public.

Minima of Algol for India

The season for observing minima of Algol for India is now over.  The next one to start in October 2019. Minima of Algol = β Persei for 2019/20 season ( good for Indian observers) Shall update the times of minima … Continue reading

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Lunar Occultation of Aldebaran – 9JAN17

{This page is still under construction but the correct data is given below} On January 9, 2017 Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri – Rohini) would be occultated by the Moon.  Bangaluru will be the southern most large city in India on the … Continue reading

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22 Kalliope Occults a 9 mag star

This note is essentially written for those amateur astronomers who do not have prior experience in observing such events. On the night of 24th of December 2016 asteroid 22 Kalliope will occult 9th mag star. The star is bright enough … Continue reading

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Observing Lunar Occultations

This post deals with the observations of Lunar Occultations – Recording exact time of the occultation – eyes method: We would require at least two stopwatches.  One of this has to be accurately synchronized with a standard time. Two Smart or Android phones.  … Continue reading

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Moon to eclipse a bright star

Moon to hide the bright star Aldebaran or Rohini Nakshtra On March 14, 2016 Arvind Parnajpye email: paranjpye.arvind@gmail.com There is no copyright here –  please feel free to use this information. You may choose not to acknowledge the source but … Continue reading

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Geminids

Designation — GEM Activity Period — Dec 7 to Dec 17 Peak — Dec 14 Radiant RA: 7h 33m,  Dec: +33 Velocity — 35 km/sec ZHR — 120 Parent body — Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Prediction for 2015 The shower peaks … Continue reading

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Phases of Venus in 2015 (March to August) – Marathi

जानेवारी २०१५ च्या सुरवाती पासून सूर्यास्तानंतर आपल्याला पश्चिम क्षितीजावर शुक्राचे सुंदर दर्शन घडत आहे. आता येते दोन अडीच महीने सूर्यास्ताच्या वेळी शुक्र आपल्याला दिवसेंदिवस क्षितीजावर वर वर चढताना दिसेल. तसेच तो किंचीत उत्तरेला पण सरकत आहे. छोट्या दुर्बिणीतून बघताना आपल्याला … Continue reading

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