Will the World End on 23 Sept 2017 ? Nibiru

Dear readers/friends and Members of PSI .. Watch Today HMTV  Telugu Television Channel from 3p.m. to 4 p.m. on 22 Sept 2017: Discussion on End of World. David Meade a Christian Numerologist says Nibiru Planet would hit earth marking "End of World" on 23 Sept 2017 he quotes the references to Bible ..Rapture, Revelation etc.. importantly uses recent Solar Eclipse on 21 Aug in America, 25 Aug Hurricanes. You can watch this channel online https://goo.gl/Sm7hR or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3x_DkL0SNY.

We have seen many such End of World in theories in past. However its a Blessing in Disguise to promote Science and dubunk efforts of few to fool people using science & myths

Partial Lunar Eclipse 7th/8th August 2017 - India & Around

First and Last Eclipse visible in 2017 from entire India will occur on 7th August 2017. This eclipse is a Partial Lunar Eclipse. Across the world this eclipse will be visible in the region covering Western Pacific Ocean, Oceania, Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe and Antarctica.This Eclipse is visible from India.

The next Lunar Eclipse will occur on 31st Jan 2018 which is  Total Lunar Eclipse and visible from Entire India. Last lunar Eclipse visible from Entire India occurred on 4th April 2015. Whereas Lunar Eclipse on September 2015 was visible from few places in Gujarat & Rajasthan only. All in the last Lunar Eclipse visible from India occurred in 2015.

Further there is a Total Solar Eclipse on 21 August 2017. However this Eclipse is not visible from India. Whereas People in India have to wait till year 2019 to Observe Solar Eclipse. The Last Solar Eclipse visible from India was in 2016 March.

Timings of Eclipse in Indian standard Time & Date: Eclipse in various phases begins at 9.18p.m. on 7th August 2017  and Ends at 2.23 a.m. on 8th August 2017. The noticeable Umbral phase begins at 10.52p.m. and Ends at  00.49 a.m.

In other words: Though astronomically speaking Eclipse begins at 9.18 p.m. with moon entering lighter Shadow of Earth. People can noticeably witness darkening (or leaving) of Moon’s disk by Earth Shadow between 10.52 p.m to 00.49 a.m on 7th/8th August 2017.  

Jupiter Closest, Brightest, Biggest now - spot it till Oct 2017

On 8th April 2017 (as per Indian Standard Time) one of the exciting celestial events of the year “Jupiter Opposition with Sun” will occur. Because of which Planet Jupiter (Bruhaspati/Guru in Hindi/Telugu) will be closest to Earth on 9th April 2017 now than in any part of 2017. 

Click on pic&Zoom for more details. On how to watch, till when Jupiter can be seen and How to Spot. 

Generally the minimum distance of Jupiter from earth is 588 Million kilometers approx. Whereas the Maximum distance is 967 Million km approx. On the 9th April 2017 Jupiter will reach closest point at 4.455 AU or 666 million km which is very close to its min. distance from earth.

So What is Opposition? A planet (during course of its journey around sun) is said to be at opposition when it is directly opposite the Sun from our viewpoint on Earth. The result is that the planet is fully illuminated by the Sun and appears disk-like. Importantly during opposition the planet in question would be at its closest approach and thus would appear more big and brighter than usual. At this point Sun-Earth- Planet would be in a straight line opposite to each other. Though planet is at opposition for only one day, nevertheless for visual purposes it is almost as good for viewing for a couple of weeks to a Month before and after opposition. 

Jupiter oppositions occur every 13 months. The last opposition of Jupiter occurred on 8th March 2016 and next would be on 9th May 2018.

International Women's Day - Inspire Solutions

Planetary Society India wishes a Happy International Women Day ..in this post we like to request you all to come out with innovative solutions and help.. Here is one such example of innovative idea visit to know https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNllBN5EF9I

Further if you a Child going to School from VIth to Xth Govt of India has "INSPIRE-MANAK" programme in which there is opportunity for your child to be recognised as Child Scientist .. Last date is 15 March 2017 http://www.inspireawards-dst.gov.in/

Just think if we can pass on this technology to that lady at a construction site & Equip Her.. or Find new more better solutions. #InternationalWomensDay

ISRO PSLV C37 104 Satellites Launch on 15 Feb 2017

Dear Readers

PSLV-C37 is scheduled to be launched on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9.28 Hrs IST from Sriharikota

Update :  Dear readers/Visitors/Resource Persons (from our Training Prog)&Teachers of our Session on 16 Feb. Kindly Visit this site in the night of 14 Feb or Early hours of 15 Feb 2017 to find more resources and additional information.

Introduction : 

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty ninth flight (PSLV-C37), will launch the 714 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 103 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 664 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
Cartosat 2D is Main Satellite (714 kg)  and 2 (India) + 101(Others Co-Passenger Satellites): Cartosat 2d is main satellite of this Mission. PSLV-C37 also carries two ISRO Nano satellites (INS-1A and INS-1B), as co-passenger satellites. These two satellites carry a total of four different payloads from Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Laboratory for Electro Optics Systems (LEOS) of ISRO for conducting various experiments.
Launch from First Launch Pad (FLP) - 16th Flight in "XL" Version : PSLV-C37 will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. It will be the sixteenth flight of PSLV in 'XL' configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors). It will be the sixteenth flight of PSLV in 'XL' configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
96 Satellites from USA - 5 From Other Countries - 2 From India - Total 1378 Kg: The co-passenger satellites comprise 101 nano satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 96 from United States of America (USA), as well as two Nano satellites from India. The total weight of all the satellites (including CARTOSAT 2D) carried onboard PSLV-C37 is about 1378 kg.
Antrix Commercial Agreement : The 101 International customer Nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of ISRO and the International customers.

Source : ISRO 

Session at University College of Science, Saifabad - 3 Feb 2017 - Registration

Dear Participant (Degree/P.G. Students) interested to attend the session on 3 Feb 2017 at University College of Science, Saifabad, Masab Tank kindly click on link below to open Registration Form to fill your details. 


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Dear Members/Friends/Students

Planetary society, India has been associated with INSPIRE since it was implemented in Year 2011.  We will regular share various resources for benefit of schools. Further we would welcome schools to get in touch for any assistance . We prefer sms/Whatsapp messages on this number 8686452829 

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1. INSPIRE 2016 National LEVEL from TELANGANA

2.Govt Of Indida Official Site - INSPIRE

3. US Patents Directory Click Here

4. National Innovation Foundation 


6. Eureka Alert

Three Astronomical Events Welcome 2017

On 3 and 4 January Three Celestial Events will occur . Full Article on this issue will be published tommorrow. 

Media friends can Click here  to download mediakit consisting of Press Release, Simulated Images, Ilustrations. 

Earth from Above & Beyond Session - World Space Week 2016 - On 6 Oct 2016 - Register

Planetary Society, India in association with University College of Science, Saifabad, Osmania University are conducting  “Earth from Above & Beyond”  Session as part of  “World Space Week 2016” Celebrations. Theme for year 2016 is “Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future”.

Date :  6th October 2016                       Time : 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.       Venue : University College of Science, Saifabad Campus
                   Lane Beside Hotel Golkonda, Masab Tank

Invitation to College Students &Faculty: Students (not more than two from each institution) and One Faculty (preferably from Science Stream) can attend this programme. Participation is free "First Cum First Serve" basis subject to online registration . 

Priority will be given to Undergraduate Students of Degree Colleges (Bsc, B.Pharm etc. Courses). Exclusive Session For Engineering Students (including Polytechnic) is planned by End of this Month. 

Faculty & Students can Click here to Register 

Planet Mars Closest to Earth in 11 years today 31 May 2016

On 31st May 2016 Planet Mars will be closest it can get to Earth. In other words Planet Mars in its journey around Sun will reach a point in its orbit which is closest it can get  at 3.06 a.m. on  31st May 2016 (30th May for most of western countries at 21.36 UTC).

Why Mars is Closest every 26 months? This closest approach is due to once in 26 months Celestial event “Mars Opposition to Sun” which occurred on 22 May 2016. Due to opposition Planet Mars, Earth and Sun were Opposite to Each other in a straight line from our perspective on earth. Whenever a planet is at Opposition planet in question would be closest in its orbit to earth than any other time. Hence it will appear brightest, biggest (from Telescope). Click here to see our article dated 22 May 2016 on "Mars Opposition to Sun".

Closest in Last 11 Years: As on 31st May 2016 at 3.06 a.m. Planet Mars is placed at 0.50321 AU = 75.28 million km from Earth. Generally the Minimum Distance from Mars to Earth is 55.7 Million km whereas Max. Distance Planet Mars can be away from Earth is 401.3 Million Km. If one can see last 11 years data of Mars Closest Distance to Earth presently Mars is Closest.

Time/Direction -  Naked Eye:  General Public can spot the Mars for many weeks easily with naked eye after sunset. In the evening Half hour after Sunset looking towards the sky opposite direction to sunset, one can spot Planet mars between East and North East direction. Whereas at midnight one can see it above his head while in the morning it can be spotted in West and North West Direction.

How it will appear:. It will appear like Orangish Red Non-Twinkling Bright object in the sky when seen by naked eye. 

Importance of Mars Opposition/Closest Approach to Science – ISRO/NASA Mars Missions: once in every 26 months when earth and mars close to earth they provide excellent opportunity to launch mission and reach in shorter distance. ISRO Mars Orbiter Mission was launched on 5 November 2013 keeping in view the Mars Opposition event of year 2014. Taking benefit of Mars Opposition event of 2016 European Space Agency in association with Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) sent “ExoMars” first of its two spacecrafts in 2016.