Don’t miss the astronomical wonder ahead of Science Day

Don’t miss the astronomical wonder ahead of Science Day

 

I have an on-off association with Astronomy. I can’t claim I’ve got even amateurish skills, but I make it a point to take a sneak peak at the mighty sky when I am informed of some once in a lifetime celestial events. In 2010, I enjoyed the Geminid showers with a very bugged and sleepy DeeDeeTweets. Last year, I enjoyed the Lunar Eclipse with a spiritual tilt along with the regular astronomical hoopla over explaining friends that Eclipse is not a Twilight series movie but a scientific phenomenon, and then diving into 4th standard Geography/Science. Lunar eclipse and moon have found reference in popular culture too. I loved this song from Bandini which incidentally played on the radio then. Such simplicity. She gently reprimands the moon saying ‘tohe rahu lage bairi’ย  ๐Ÿ™‚


Normally in conversations with friends, there have been a lot of goofups where I pointed at Venus and said it is Jupiter and vice-versa. Thankfully, they don’t notice ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was at my wits end once. When I came from office and saw the bright Venus shining near the moon; and when I stepped out to get some grocery, there it was again, in an entirely different direction. I was flummoxed and looked to check on the original, thinking this was anย imposter ๐Ÿ˜› ย There it was! It was a case of “Mai Teja hu, mark idhar hai” (Read “Mai Venus hu, moon idhar hai”). Then saneness set in as I realised that the mighty Jupiter and Venus, both were making apppearance at the same time. And this week, there are gonna be 5 members of our solar system attending the customary taaron ki mehfil in the night sky. Technically, they can be labelled as guests, considering they are planets ๐Ÿ˜›

Here are the astronomical details and timings. Heavenly bodies….. they are very particular you see ๐Ÿ˜‰

Excitement is building with respect to planets in Earthโ€™s sky. Jupiter and Venus are edging toward a spectacular conjunction in March 2012. Mars is getting bright and will join up with Jupiter and Venus as soon as darkness falls in late February! This month, three planets โ€“ Venus, Jupiter and mars โ€“ conspicuously stage themselves in the February 2012 evening sky, while Saturn more modestly displays itself in the predawn hours. Mercury, the shyest of the five visible planets, will put on a good showing after sunset during the last week of February.

SourceEarthsky.org

225 responses to “Don’t miss the astronomical wonder ahead of Science Day”

  1. Interesting. Will read up and hope for a glimpse ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love the references you make, to the song, to the Class 4 text, and to the fact that Eclipse is a phenomenon, quite apart from the book ๐Ÿ˜€ Lol.

  2. Bikram says:

    february 2012 but its already 22nd .. is it now or have i missed it ..

  3. Meta says:

    You will enjoy the sight ๐Ÿ™‚ I was actually asked Eclipse dekh rahi hai? Par abhi to Breaking Dawn release hui hai na?! I have not yet tried to read or see the Twilight series. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Anita Menon says:

    beautifully written Cat.

    I have to take a look at the middle eastern sky to see if I can spot something as spectacular.

  5. Meta says:

    I spotted two yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚ Too lazy to get up early in the morning. Please show them to Mimi…….she will remember them always ๐Ÿ˜€

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