Welcome to Jyotirvidya Parisanstha

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (known as JVP to people of Pune) is the oldest association of amateur astronomers in India. On August 22, 1944 eminent citizens of Pune formed JVP, primarily for the spread of knowledge of astronomy among the public and also to make their own contribution as far as possible. It was the first association of its kind and remained so far for a few decades.   more...


Public Show of Jupiter: 7 February 2015

Jupiter will be at its opposition with Sun on February 6, 2015 and is right now close to earth. On this occasion; Jyotirvidya Parisanstha and Astronomical Society of India has jointly organized a program to observe Jupiter through three automated telescopes.
Venue: Kesariwada, N. C. Kelkar Road, Narayan Peth, Pune
Date: Saturday, 7th February 2015.
Time: 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
Program will be free for all.

Jupiter is presently in constellation Cancer and its apparent brightness is – 2.6 magnitude. Oppositions occur when Jupiter is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. At that time, the two planets will lie nearly in a straight line with respect to the Sun. This happens after every 13 months, and, at such a time, we always see Jupiter opposite the sun in our sky – rising in the east when the sun is setting in the west. The planet is presently at its closest in this period and one can observe its storm bands and satellites clearly. .


February Star Party - 21 February 2015

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha, Pune has organized an overnight Star-party on February 21, 2015. Program will start with sunset on 21St February and will close by sunrise of 22nd. Main attraction of this star party will be close vicinity of Moon, Venus and Mars. These three objects can be observed just few degree apart from each other. Also since Jupiter is in opposition with Sun on 6th February, this month is good to observe it through telescope and one can see bands on Jupiter very clearly along with its satellites. During the program; one can enjoy unaided eye star gazing; telescopic viewing of Moon, Jupiter, Jupiter’s moon, Saturn, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae, etc. Program also includes slide shows or short film and astrogames. For more information and registration, please contact Aparna Kinkar: 8308831973 or Aniruddha Deshpande: 9822612737.


Recently @ JVP

An Exhibition on "Optical Observatories - Infinity Focussed with Giant Eye" was held during 19-21 September 2014 at Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center, Ghole Road, Pune. The aim of the exhibition was to spread the knowledge regarding the astronomical observatories with large telescopes. The exhibition provided information on basics of telescopes; working of big observatories like Keck telescope, GMT, LBT, etc.; amateur observatories, pre-telescope era observatories like Jantar Mantar, etc. Exhibition consisted of posters, models of some observatories, Jyotirvidya’s telescope setups, multimedia displays, short films, etc.
TMT model


Annual Report for 2013-14


The Governing Council of Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (JVP) is very pleased to put forward annual report of 70th year. Parisanstha progressed significantly in this year and we thank all the members of the Parisanstha who made the programs of Parisanstha a great success.

Thank you all for your support.

Annual Report: Marathi