Stunning M42 Capture

Image Copyright (c) 2009-10 Sneh Kesari

This stunning picture of the Great Orion Nebula captured by AAAD member Sneh Kesari. Brilliant shot dude, keep it up!!

The Orion nebula is a region of stellar forming region located in the sword of the constellation Orion. The hue of the cloud is predominantly red, due to the Hydrogen alpha spectral emission at 653 nm caused by fusion of Hydrogen into Helium

Seen above the nebula is a reflection nebula called NGC1977 or the running man nebula. It gets its name from the obvious shape of the dark patch

To See Sneh’s AAAD Gallery Click Here

Annular Eclipse 2010: Project Shadow

After a very successful Total Solar Eclipse watch on July 22nd. The Amateur Astronomers Association is now packing its bag to go to yet another location to view The Annular Solar Eclipse on January 15, 2010, and this time at an even greater scale.

AAAD this time will be at 4 different locations capturing and showing public this beautiful celestial event

The first team is off to Kanyakumari (at the center line) The Second one at a spot below chennai(the eastern edge of the eclipse line), third at varkala, Kerala(the western edge of the eclipse line)and off course there will be Amitabh Pandey who will be on his mountain bicycle some where between all the teams showing the night sky to the locals (he will join one of the teams on the eclipse day).

The forth and the most important one at The Nehru Planetarium, Delhi in the Teen Murti lawns, doing a Public Sky Watch from here,

As the crowds here can go into thousands.So preparing for it, we are having a dress rehearsal of the eclipse watch on Januaray 3rd, 2010.

All Amateur Astronomers are hereby invited to come for the preparation of the Eclipse Watch (on Jan 3rd)and volunteer for it(on Jan 15th)

The preparation Dress Rehearsal is on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 ,12 noon onwards:

Be There

Attendance of all participating AAAD members would be mandatory

Click Here to RSVP

Sunday Meeting

Dear friends

Tomorrow will be an important meeting of The Amateur Astronomers Association Delhi

As there is a very important matter to be discussed

This time for the 15 January Annular Eclipse, AAAD will be present at three places

– Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu (on the center line )
– Varkala,Kerala (on the edge)
-New Delhi (for public watch)

All topics regarding the mentioned places will be discussed, Most importantly Delhi observation, as it was ignored during the total eclipse on July 22nd

All are invited

The Nehru planetarium
Teen Murti House
New Delhi-11

Time : 13:30 (1:30 pm)

Be there!!

Film Galileo and Lunar Occultation of Pleiades

The following screening of the 1969 film on Galileo, at the auditorium of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, today (1st December) at 6 PM, will be accompanied simultaneously, by a video live feed displayed inside the auditorium of the Lunar Occultation of the star Atlas from the Pleiades cluster.

Keeping the importance of Galileo’s observations of the Moon and the Pleiades cluster in mind, this combination of film screening with veiwing of the Lunar Occultation of Pleiades, seems a very enjoyable IYA thing to do.

Please be there!

Tuesday, 1st December, 6:00 P.M
Teen Murti Auditorium, New Delhi
Screening of Film “GALILEO” (1968, 91min.) by Liliana Cavani in the new version just
restored by Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale and
screened with great success at the 2009 Venice Film Festival in Italian with English subtitles.

Dramatised version of the life of Galileo Galilei, the Italian physicist who studied the stars with a telescope devised by him and stated that the Sun was the centre of the Universe.
After he published his theories, he was tried for heresy. Galileo preferred to back track rather than be subjected to the torture.

Director – Liliana Cavani, Screenplay – Liliana Cavani, Tullio Pinelli, Fabrizio Onofri, Producer – Leo Pescarolo, Director of Photography – Alfio Contini, Editor – Giovanni Baragli
Music – Ennio Morricone (Soundtrack), Art Direction – Ezio Frigerio

Main Cast
Cyril Cusack – Galileo
Lou Castel – Friar
Gigi Ballista – Trial Judge
Paolo Graziosi – Bernini
Irene Kokonova – Galileo’s Mistress
Piero Vida – Pope Urban VIII
Gheorghi Kolaiancey – Giordano Bruno