One of the very few known asterisms in the night sky is the Polaris engagement ring asterism. When seen from a dark sky site you may be able to observe a ring like pattern with 2nd magnitude Polaris itself forming the ornament on the ring. The stars that are a part of this are either in Ursa Minor or Cepheus. Approximately 10 bright stars and a few fainter ones (of magnitude 7 and 8), form an obvious circle, the ring, with Polaris as a diamond. This really is a beautiful asterism to observe with small telescopes with a low magnification! Because Polaris is part of this asterism, The Engagement isn’t hard to find. Recently this asterism got the attention of Canadian music producer Deadmau5 who named a track called HR8938 Cephei after one of the stars in this asterism.
Image Courtesy: The Polar Project
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Check out this dramatic time lapse footage of earth seen from the int’l space station at night. Pretty darn cool
You can see all the air glow, auroras and thunderstorms. The city lights are not real but an overlay captured using a special IR camera called Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)
All in, a pretty spectacular video.. the music is quite dramatic too
The Amateur Astronomers Association Delhi invites you to
The Transparent Dome of HCT. Image courtesy: Ajay, Vikrant, Raghu
Joys of Astrophotography – A Stellar Pastime
Presentation by Ajay Talwar
Time: Sunday, January 9, 2011 · 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Nehru Planetarium, Teen Murti House, New Delhi-11
This is a short presentation which intends to convey the joy and satisfaction the author feels while pursuing astrophotography and hopes to instill some excitement of astrophotography in the audience.
Today all astronomy and the associated science is conducted with astrophography. Apart from being a scientific pursuit, the business of collecting celestial photons is also an art form. The presentation covers both aspects of astrophotography.
Ajay Talwar has been pursuing this stellar pastime for more than 20 years. Presently astrophotography has become the passion and fashion of the times. The advent of digital photography has become a boon for astrophotographers, ANY camera can be used to take beautiful shots of the heavens.
This movie was presented at the recently concluded 10 day festival of astronomy, Kalpaneya Yatre at Bengaluru.
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