50th Birth Anniversary of ISRO - Major Role in 73 Years of Indian Independence & Prosperity

Dear Reader We Wish you all Happy Indian Independence Day .

Today we have another important reason to Celebrate.. yes today i.e. 15 Aug 1969 ISRO came into existence 50 years ago.

Its interesting to know why not much is written about this in Print & Electronic or Social Media today. However 10 years ago we did commemorate 40th Anniversary of ISRO'S coming to existence as an Institution. http://www.ournewplanets.info/2009/08/indian-space-research-organisations.html

As Promised in Coming days we will announce gist of various activities planned to be implemented.
Anyways here is the TV Discussion we had in Prominent Telugu News Channel today. In this Live Programme contributions of ISRO in different fields have been discussed.

Also we shared our inputs with BBC about today's date and other updates related to Chandrayaan1& Chandrayaan2.

Chandrayaan 2 - 14 Aug 2019 3am-4am - TLI

Between 3am-4am today 14Aug Enroute it's journey to moon Chandrayaan2 will give final goodbye leaving earth today.

Today ISRO as part of Chandrayaan2 will undertake Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI) using LAM firing and expects to achieve targeted 266km x 413623 km in coming Approx 7 Days.

This TLI is been initiated after completing 5  orbit raising EBNs of Chandrayaan2 while covering the distance between Earth and Moon while providing required velocity.
This is crucial and final step after 23 Days since Launch on 22July close to Home for Chandrayaan2. This phase will last for approx 7 Days. Leading to most crucial part of all Lunar Missions which will occur on 20/21Aug

Anyways from Planetary Society of India we wish all the best to ISRO Scientists and farewell to Chandrayaan2 (Orbiter, Vikram Lander and Pragyan the Rover).


Dear Members, Friends and Students

Over past 2-3 Years there has been hiatus in the online publication of our articles in Print, Electronic or Social Web Media. Yes there were greater challenges in our 16 years journey in promotion of Space Sciences and more so since 2014. On this day inspired by Dr.Vikaram Sarabhai Birth Anniversary we re-dedicate ourself to promote space sciences in more better ways than. 

 However just as a reminder to past . Click Here the article we wrote in 2009 commemorating 90th Anniversary of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Birth in 2009. On that day we demanded .. 12 August be Declared as "SPACE SCIENCE DAY" .. which will be in true spirit of UNISPACE III Declaration of 1999 and also recognise the potential of "Space Science" with its multi-disciplinary nature. Science Communication particularly Space Sciences has lot more to do reaching out to people..Still things have not changed a lot in 2009 or now.

From Planetary Society of India we will make special efforts so as to reach in a effective manner.

 We will update in coming days Year long celebrations and would work with various Governmental &Non Governmental organisations including ISRO  and associated organisations to supplement their efforts. #Sarabhai100 #SarabhaiCentenary #isro #vikramsarabhai

15th Anniversary of Planetary Society, India

Dear Readers, Students and Members of Planetary Society today 17 October we celebrate 15th Anniversary of formation of our organization .
On this day 15byeare ago on  17 October 2003 Planetary Society was born as legal person. 

Remembering Atal Bihari Vajapayee - Indian Mission to Moon - 15 Aug 2003 Independence Day Speech

As Tribute Remembering Honorable former Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee announcement of Indian Mission to Moon on Independence Day 15 Aug 2003 . We Present following Video Courtesy Govt Of India Source.

Following the announcement of P.M. in year 2008 on 22 Oct 2008 Chanddrayaan I was launched and was placed into orbit of Moon on 8 Nov 2008. Later as part of this Mission following suggestion of Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam a "Moon Impact Probe" which was included as part (not orginally planned) of this Mission which landed on surface of Moon on 14 Nov 2008. Importantly presence of Water on Moon was confirmed because this mission telling new truth to world. Hats off to the then Prime Minister and Team ISRO. #atalbiharivajpayee


49th Birth Anniversary of ISRO - Manned Mission 2022 - Thanks P.M.

49 Birthday ISRO - India'S Manned Mission by 2022 - Thanks P.M. Modiji:Dear Friends/Students wish all Happy Independce Day.
However we feel sad that most of you didn't remember ISRO in your wishes and things didn't change much in last 9years reg. Access to Space Science outreach/Awareness is Prog.Because today 15 Aug is 49th Birth Anniversary of ISRO.

http://www.ournewplanets.info/2009/08/indian-space-research-organisations.html?m=1 if you have time read my article written 9years ago on occasion of 40th Anniversary.

So happy 9yrs ago or today PSI doing its duty. Hence need for a organisation which spread importance of "Space Science " we started "Planetary Society, India"  in 2003 .

Yes India needs large number of Planetariums, Science Communicators, Support to Organisations imparting space science awareness and education form relevant agencies.

We thank honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcement of "Manned Mission" by 2022. Actually we expected this immediately after 104 Satellite Mission.

So it's time now greater outreach program should be developed ..But in the recent we have seen the Govt agencies relying on theirs officers are planning such programs.Which are not fulfilling the task but just achieving some preset goals of serving some numbers. Hence without involving space based or amateur astronomy groups ..any outreach will not serve much purpose. Like 40th or 49th Anniversary of ISRO will be limited to a Post on web.

Through this article we Hope already 50th Anniversary of ISRO is celebrated properly. Even for Chandrayaan 2
on  awareness aspwct lot is needed to be done . We definitely don't need to see what happens during such events or missions  in USA . How  KG to PG resources are build and spread involving large number of Organisations by NASA.And sometimes they provided opportunity to organisation outside USA to serve/reach out local communities in other countries.

While remembering great scientists like Dr.Vikram Sarabhai, Homi J. Babha, Arvamudam, APJ Kalam, U.R.Rao, Satish Dawan, Kasturi Rangan and many others who are continuing the legacy in service of nation .We wish all Scientist's a Happy 49th Birthday Anniversary of ISRO.


Planetary Society, India Congratulations to NASA for successful launch of it Mission to Sun "Parker Solar Probe"..
Few Minutes after the Launch we spoke on ETV Telugu News Channel.. Find Enclosed link for Launch and comments of Director Planetary Society, India towards end of the video. #parkersolarprobe

PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE ON 11 AUG 2018 Not Visible In India

Last among Five Eclipses of YEAR 2018 will occur Tomorrow 11 August2018. It's Partial Solar Eclipse and not visible from India .
Gist of Eclipses in Year 2018: Total Lunar Eclipse (31st Jan 2018) , Partial Solar Eclipse (16 February 2018), Partial Solar Eclipse (13 July 2018), Total Lunar Eclipse (on 27/28th July 2018) , Partial Solar Eclipse (on 11Aug).
However among Five only two eclipses (Lunar) were visible from India this year. Whereas 11Aug Partial Solar Eclipse similar to other Solar Eclipses of 2018 will not  be visible in India .
What are timings of this Eclipse as per Indian Standard Time (IST)? If it’s not visible in India which places across world is this visible?
The Partial Solar eclipse on 11 Aug 2018 starts at 1.32pm IST Noon to 5.00pm IST as Per Indian Standard Timing (IST) but it’s  visible only in the region covering northernmost Canada, Greenland, Iceland, northernmost tip of British Isles, most of Scandanavia, Svalbard, most of Russia, most of Kazakhstan, most of Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, most of China.

Is 11 Aug 2018 visible in Total anywhere on Earth? This Eclipse is Partial Solar Eclipse and Hence only Eclipse in Partial Phases is visible in the places mentioned above.

When was Last Solar Eclipse and when is Next Solar Eclipse visible in India will Occur ? The last Solar Eclipse visible in India occurred on 9 March 2016 Which was Partial Solar Eclipse.
The Next Solar Eclipse visible in India will occur on 26 Dec 2019 which again will be visible partially across India .
Explain in common man language How and Why 11Aug Eclipse is not visible In India ?
Solar Eclipse occurs when Moon comes between Earth And Sun such a way that ..shadow of Moon falls on Earth..
But Moon Shadow during solar eclipse will not fall at all places at a time on Earth..as Moon,Earth are Moving across Sun..so would the shadow of Moon..travels across face of earth from point a to point b.
Hence India is not in the path of Moon shadow on 11 Aug 2018 so Eclipse is not visible here.

Tiangong 1 Re-Entry Indian Standard Time

Tiangong 1 entered Earth's atmosphere at 5.46 a.m.Indian Standard Time(IST), breaking apart and burning up in the skies over the southern Pacific Ocean according to the U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC).

More in depth details will be published here shortly 

Super Blue Blood Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse 31 Jan 2018

First Eclipse among Five Eclipses (3 Solar & 2 Lunar) of  year 2018 will occur on 31st January 2018. This eclipse is a Total Lunar Eclipse and Visible from India. Across the world this Eclipse will be visible in the region covering North America except eastern part, Oceania, Russia, Asia, Middle East, northern Scandanavia and eastern Europe. This Eclipse is visible from entire India. Wherein after Year 2011 i.e. after 7 Years it is first time that ENTIRE COUNTRY will witness “TOTALITY PHASE” (when Moon Disk completely hidden in Earth Shadow). Unlike previous year only few places in India saw Totality phase.

 The next visible Eclipse which will occur is on 27th July 2018 which is a Total Lunar Eclipse and visible from Entire India in its all phases. Whereas the last time Lunar Eclipse visible in India occurred on   7th Aug 2017 which however was Partial Lunar Eclipse.  

Gist of Eclipses in Year 2018: Total Lunar Eclipse (31st Jan 2018) , Partial Solar Eclipse (16 February 2018), Partial Solar Eclipse (13 July 2018), Total Lunar Eclipse (on 27th July 2018) , Partial Solar Eclipse (on 11 Aug, 2018).

Timings of Eclipse in Indian standard Time & Date: Eclipse in various phases begins at 4.19 p.m. on 31st Jan 2018 and Ends at 9.40 p.m. The noticeable Umbral phase begins at 5.18p.m. and Ends at 8.42 p.m. Whereas  from 6.21 p.m. to 7.38 p.m. the totality phase (Moon completely hidden in Earth Shadow) occurs.

In other words: Though astronomically speaking Eclipse begins at 4.19 p.m. with moon entering lighter Shadow of Earth. People can noticeably witness darkening (or leaving) of Moon’s disk by Earth Shadow between 5.18 p.m. to 8.41 p.m. However most of India Moon rises around 6pm when Eclipse already begin.
Whereas places  in north eastern States like Agartala, Aijawl, Cooch Bihar, Darjeeling, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Kohima, Kolkatta, Mushidabad, Shilong, Silchar, Silguri and Port Blair appreciate all visible phases (i.e. Beginning of Umbral) of the eclipse as for them Moon rises before 5.18 p.m. For rest of country will miss beginning of umbral phase as Moon rises late.

Once in a “Blue Moon” : Further the full moon on 31 Jan is a Second Full Moon in January. Hence it is referred to as Blue Moon. However all this doesn’t make Moon appear blue (for additional info please next page reg. Blue Moon).

Super Moon – Eclipse: the Moon visible on 31 Jan will be 14% Bigger and 30% Brighter. because though Full Moon occur every month. It doesn’t always happen on the day when moon close to earth. Whereas on 30th Jan 2018 Moon will reach closest point to Earth called “Perigee” during course of its  journey around Earth. And So full moon occurring on 31 Jan when moon still close to earth makes it “Supermoon” .

Kalam Observation Center  : Considering various celestial events & Chandryaan II launch PSI invites schools  to host “Kalam Observation Center” for observation & outreach activities. www.ournewplanets.info for details