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Planet show

Planet show

Word from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune has just arrived regarding a spectacular show about to begin in the dawn sky this month-end. The show, to last ten days beginning Arpil 30, will feature four planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter — along with a special appearance by the moon on the first two days. Show timings: about half an hour before sunrise.  Read more

Bhuvan on terra firma

I just checked out the much-hyped beta version of Bhuvan, India’s answer to Google Earth, and have to say it will need some more meat under its skin to make a true impact. I am sure the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will go live with the final version only when it if fully satisfied, what with all the hoopla surrounding it. Or at least lend an ear to feedback from users.  Read more

The celestial smiley!

The celestial smiley!

Here’s a lovely picture sent by Arvind Paranjpye of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune. Arvind has done a little computer graphic to show us what the western sky will look like on December one when Venus, Jupiter and the Moon come together in a celestial triangle. He tells us that it isn’t such a rare event though. What makes it a pretty picture is that it looks like a smiley pasted on the evening sky!  Read more