Comet McNaught (C/2009 R1
Saturday, 12 June 2010 01:08
Comet McNaught (C/2009 R1) is now a fairly bright object for small telescopes. At present, it has a brightness of about + 6 and is seen in the constellation of Perseus. The comet rises at about 3 AM in the early morning.
 
Details about the comet McNaught are as follows.
 
Discovery:     September 09, 2009 (Robert H. McNaught of Australian National University)
Designation:     C/2009 R1 
Eccentricity:     1.000327 
Semi-major axis:    ------
Perihelion distance:     0.405011 AU
Date of perihelion passage:     July 02, 2010
Aphelion distance:    -----
Period:     -----
Inclination:     77.007°
 
Eccentricity value (> 1) indicates that orbit of the comet is hyperbolic. Consequently, the comet turns out to be non-periodic. Its orbit has a negative semi-major axis and its aphelion distance is not finite. Detailed ephemeris can be seen at:
 
http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/iau/Ephemerides/Comets/2009R1.html.
 
Astronomy Course at Badlapur
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 15:49
Khagol Mandal, Badlapur Unit has orgainzed a Basic course in Astronomy & Career guidance in astronomy/astrophysics. The details of this course are as follows :
 
Day and Date :Tuesday 1st June to 6th June 2010
Timing : 6.00 pm to 8:30 pm 
Venue : Khagol Mandal, C/o Talent Foundation , Neha Sagar Apt. above Cambridge shopee kulgaon Badalapur (east)
Eligibility : 14 years & above (No upper age limit)
Fees : Rs 300/- (below 18 years) & Rs. 400/- (above 18 years)
Limited Seat, So Hurry up.. 

For confirming your seats kindly contact on following numbers

Prathamesh : 8097247776
Pritesh: 9890536976 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 May 2010 15:50
 
Solar Ring of Fire
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 14:10

Above 300 odd Eclipse observers from Maharashtra enjoyed the unique Annular Solar Eclipse 2010 on the 15th of January 2010 from the Vivekanand Kendra in Kanyakumari with Khagol Mandal. Some of them had observed 2 or more Total solar eclipses. They had observed the Diamond ring in the past and it was now their turn to observe the Golden Neckless of the Sun.

At times their observation of eclipse had been marred by weather...i.e. clouds and rains.But this time it was a pure and sheer joy as the longest annular eclipse of the century was a feast for about 10 minute and so even occasional clouds could not take over the entire stage for the period. 

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Part of the group at Vivekanand Kendra
 

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So spectacular was the sight that they all cheered up when their was complete annularity. The light intensity did not drop as mush as in case of totality but the effect was felt. As expressed by many...it was indeed a rarest opportunity that one gets in his or her lifetime and wont be available to the generations to come.

 
 Photograph by Satish Doiphode  Photograph by Ravindra Waghmare
 
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Photograph by Satish Doiphode, through his Meade - 114mm Mirror dia and 1000 mm Focal length.
 
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Shadows during Eclipse captured by Ravindra Waghmare on T-shirt
 Photograph by Milind Kale Photograph by Milind Kale 
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Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2010 23:48
 
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