Celestial Events and Observations

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Overview


Observe celestial events. Learn about the night sky and share the celestial wonders with family and friends.

SPACE periodically organises evening observations during special celestial events at schools and at public places to provide a great viewing opportunity to students and the Indian community as part of public outreach. Such events include conjunctions when celestial objects appear close to each other, Supermoon, Transits and of course eclipses. These observations not only provide a close look and spectacular views of celestial objects and phenomena, but also provide a way for SPACE to dispel associated myths by explaining the actual scientific facts, such as in the case of eclipses and Supermoons.

Total Lunar Eclipse on 27th July 2018

Current programme


The Total Lunar Eclipse – Blue Micro Moon on July 27, 2018

It’s a scientific observation and celebration of century largest Lunar Eclipse.

The Total Lunar eclipse on the intervening night of 27 July and 28 July will last about 103 minutes and be the longest for 21st century. The longest total lunar eclipse of the last century happened in its last year on 16 July 2000. It had lasted nearly four minutes longer, at 1 hour and 46.4 minutes.

People in Asia and Africa will get the best views of the eclipse. Those in Europe, South America and Australia will see partial views. It will not be visible in North America and Antarctica.

In India, the eclipse will commence at 22:42:48 on 27 July and end at 05:00:05 on 28 July.

The alignment of the centers of Sun, the Earth and the Moon, and the distance of the Moon from Earth at the time of eclipse combine to determine its duration. This time the centers of the three celestial bodies are almost in a straight line, and the Moon will be near its farthest point from Earth. Since the moon will be at its most distant, it will be at its smallest. So, it will take more time to cross the Earth’s shadow, making the eclipse last longer.

CONDUCTION:
(A). Events:

Scientific Expenditures: SPACE India is going to observe the Eclipse from all the directions.

1. Langza in Himachal Pradesh (North)
2. Jaisalmer in Rajasthan (West)
3. Yelagiri, Chennai (South)
3. Puri, Orissa (East)
4. Delhi (Central)

Experiments:

1. Lunar feature capture
2. Eclipse Photography
3. Validation of Donjon Scale prediction
4. Crater timing during lunar eclipse

(B). Science Popularization/Myth Breaking:

Chand Ka Langar: A mass movement to break the myth about fasting and not having food during eclipse. People will break the myth of fasting by feasting when the moon will hide behind the earth shadow and celebrating this wonderful and rare celestial game of hide and seek. This initiative will add a scientific dimension to the Indian society!

Public observations at Delhi – NCR, Chennai and Jaisalmer

(C). I Love Eclipse (Social awareness campaign)
“Myths and fear of eclipse was one part, love for the eclipse is what is now”
Send any photo, video, drawing or any material depicting your fearless statements that eclipse are not evil nor inauspicious and you love them.

Post them on various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #iluveclipse, #SPACEIndia and @SPACEIndia. The best entries will be certified by SPACE India and will be published on the official page.

TLE- 31st January 2018

SPACE is proud to have conducted The biggest Observation of TLE in India
30 OBSERVATIONS. 8 CITIES OVER INDIA. 12700 PARTICIPANTS

‘Blue Moon Supermoon Blood Red Moon -Total Lunar Eclipse’ on Jan 31st 2018 Public Observation conducted by SPACE at India Gate

A triple Lunar event – ‘Supermoon – Blue Moon – Total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Wednesday 31 January, 2018 from about 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

SPACE India conducted public observation of this rare and viewing worthy phenomenon, a Total Lunar Eclipse, on 31st January 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm at 30 different observations at 8 various locations across India – making it overall one of the largest public outreach efforts in the whole world for observing eclipses! SPACE India also conducted a special observation for the public at India Gate, New Delhi which was attended by public in huge numbers.

The Moon was plunged into darkness for 1 hour and 16 minutes (in Full Eclipse phase), in a deep total eclipse. The eclipse was visible from all over India, but at moonrise the moon was already in partial eclipse while rising.

OBSERVATIONS
SPACE conducted observations for public and for schools at multiple cities:

  • In Jnanadeepa School, Javali, Shimoga

    • Sachin Bahmba CMD conducted a workshop and Observation for students in the proximity of the CV Raman Observatory
  • SPACE congratulates the volunteers who conducted TLE observations and spread scientific temper:

ECLIPSE PHOTOGRAPHY

SPACE team members and students took this great opportunity for astrophotography and were able to shoot some spectacular photographs of the eclipse.

For more information, please write to us: outreach@space-india.com

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Scientific document


Download the scientific document from the given link below and report us your observation.

Donjon Scale – Capturing the Total Lunar Eclipse July 2018

Photography LE-Exposure Guide by Fred Espenak

To submit your observation CLICK HERE

For any other information or query, write to us at outreach@space-india.com

Achievements


Many celestial observations have been conducted by SPACE for the public and by associated schools. A few recent ones include:

  • Mr. Sachin Bahmba, CMD, SPACE India, conducts Indian Expedition from SPACE for “The Great American Eclipse on 21st August 2017” at Idaho, USA
  • Supermoon observations with the public at locations in Delhi, Chennai, Ludhiana. This was tied in with myth breaking.
  • Oppositions of planets such as Saturn have been observed at public gatherings.
  • Meteor showers have been observed and reported

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