Celestial Spectacle at Pune Metro: Lunar Occultation to Dazzle Star Gazers at Civil Court Station

In a captivating celestial event, star gazers and astronomy enthusiasts will have the opportunity to witness a lunar occultation as the moon passes in front of the star Antares. The event is set to unfold at 4.46 am in the southeast sky, providing a rare and stunning view for sky observers.

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha, Poona (JVP), one of the oldest associations for amateur astronomy, has partnered with Pune Metro to host this unique celestial occurrence at the premises of the Civil Court metro station. The lunar occultation will be visible between 4.30 and 6.30 am, offering enthusiasts an exclusive opportunity to observe the moon’s interaction with Antares.

This collaboration marks the first celestial activity hosted at the metro station, demonstrating Pune Metro’s commitment to engaging with the community and providing a platform for educational and recreational experiences.

Telescopes will be set up at the venue, allowing attendees to have a closer look at the lunar occultation. Additionally, a live screening of the event will be arranged, enhancing the overall experience for those present at the Civil Court metro station.

Officials from JVP approached Pune Metro for hosting the event, citing the ideal conditions at the Civil Court metro station in Shivajinagar. The absence of obstructions ensures a clear view of the sky, making it a perfect location for sky-watching activities.

The vice president of Jyotirvidya Parisanstha explained that previous events were conducted at Pune’s Balgandharva Bridge and other bridges. However, the installation of nets on these bridges, aimed at preventing waste disposal into the river, posed obstructions for telescope setups. The metro station, with its unobstructed views of the sky, emerged as an ideal alternative for hosting such celestial events.

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