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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.

Phases of Venus in 2015 (March to August)

Now for past two months or so we have been observing Venus shining brilliantly above the western horizon.  Observing from about 25 deg north latitude during this western appearance the planet does not move too much in azimuth. Presently it … Continue reading

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Lunar Eclipse

Total Eclipse of the Moon on October 8, 2014 There will be total eclipse of the moon on October 8, 2014. This is the second and the last lunar eclipse of year 2014. Only the last stage of the eclipse … Continue reading

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Mars Hoax

****    Mars Hoax :: — Yet Again **** It appears to be yearly ritual to ‘blindly’ forward email with subject header as …. “Do not miss Mars will be closest to the Earth this year ” And then the email that … Continue reading

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Observing Geminids

{primary link – Wish Upon a Shooting star} This is one of the finest meteor showers, boasting up to 100 or more meteors per hour. The meteors appear to be originating from a point (called radiant) in the constellation of … Continue reading

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दशम पद्धती

संख्या मराठी संस्कृत us and scientific १ एक एकं १० दहा दशम्‌ १०० शंभर शतं १,००० १०३ हजार सहस्रम्‌ Thousand १०,००० १०४ दहा हजार अयुतम्‌ १,००,००० १०५ लाख लक्षम्‌ १०,००,००० १०६ दहा लाख प्रयुतम्‌ million Ex 6६ million = ६.५ … Continue reading

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Equinox day

Contrary to what is generally believed, days and nights are not of equal duration on the equinoxes though the EQUINOX itself means the epoch on which and day are of equal duration everywhere on the Earth. Historically the equinox that … Continue reading

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Close up on Orion

Orion pronounced as ओरायन and not as ओरीयोन Area-wise it ranks 26th, it occupies 594 square degrees of sky Number of bright stars (in magnitude range) up to 2.4 >>>  7 2.5 to 4.4 >>>19 4.5 to 5.5 >>>51 total >>>77 … Continue reading

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