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...

ZERO SHADOW DAY May 13, 2016

An astronomical event, it comes twice a year and for a few moments one’s shadow falls directly below his/her feet and would appear to vanish.A phenomenon called the 'Zero Shadow Day' where around 12.31 pm on May 13, 2016. JVP planed activity to observe this event from Tilak Smarak Mandir... More information...

Basic Course in Practical Astronomy- 2016

This is first announcement for "Basic Astronomy Course - 2016". Course will be held at Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute from 10 May 2016 to 21 May 2016. Timing will be 6.00 to 9.00 in the evening. Course will consist of around 13 lectures on basic topics in astronomy like Solar system, comets, meteor showers, cosmology, radio astronomy, astro-photography along with one overnight observational session. Course will emphasize on observational astronomy.
The Charges for the Course are:
Rs.3000/- for Members
Rs.3500/- for Non Members
Detailed schedule of the course will be declared soon.
Registration of the course is open at Jyotirvidya Parisanstha's office at Tilak Smarak Mandir between 6 to 8 in the evening. For more information, please contact Aparna Kinkar: 8308831973 or Aniruddha Deshpande: 9822612737.

Recently @ JVP

Moon to hide the bright star Aldebaran

On the night of March 14, 2016 the Moon will hide star Aldebaran (Rohini Nakshtra) behind it. The event that will take place close to 8 p.m. in India and will be visible only from the northern part. (Please see the map below) The event is called ‘occultation‘ is like a solar eclipse in which the Moon comes between the observer and the Sun.


Exhibition on: Hubble & Beyond

A couple of months of extreme hard work by JVPians is paying off in style... This year's grand exhibition 'Hubble and Beyond' has already been displayed at four places in less than a month and many more educational institutes are requesting for it!
The exhibition showcases scale models, informative posters and videos about Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope, Thirty Meter Telescope, Astrosat and the New Horizons mission.

Hubble and Beyond - 21-23 Aug 2015 @ Jawaharlal Nehru Art Gallery
Hubble and Beyond - 24 Aug 2015 @ PES Modern College of Engineering, Pune
Hubble and Beyond - 12-13 Sep 2015 @ Dr. DY Patil Institute of Engg and Tech
Hubble and Beyond - 16 Sep 2015 @ JSPM's Rajarshi Shahu College of Engg
Hubble and Beyond - 1 Oct 2015 @ Dr DY Patil College of Engineering, Akurdi
Hubble and Beyond - 9-10 Oct 2015 @ College of Engineering Pune
Total visitor turnout so far is 7000+ and still counting! 
Imges of Hubble & Beyond

Workshop on Basic Astronomy and Use of Automated Telescopes

Workshop on Basic Astronomy and Use of Automated Telescopes
Organized by Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani - K.K.Birla Goa Campus, SEDS Celestia
Deepak Joshee and Anirudha Deshpande attended workshop as resource persons and 1st time KJO operated over the web with great support of Ramchandra. Through the night of 12-13 March participants seen how astrometry and photometry done. On that night observations of AH VIR taken almost for every 5 min and also Asteroid 10 Hygiea was observed and moment shown to participants

Occulation of HIP 12740 (8.4 mag) by asteroid 106 Dione

It was decided that JVP need to take an opportunity to join Paul Maley, USA to understand the accurate ways of timing the occultations.
First time efforts were done to video record the occulation of HIP 12740 by asteroid Dione from Delhi.
Three of us arrived in Gurgaon Delhi, with 10” equatorial GOTO mount EQ6, Newtonian telescope, mounted with Video Camera (ordinary Security type video camera) + DVR + Laptop controls. We arrived two days in advance to set up our equipment as well as to visit Paul’s proposed site, so that Paul need not waste his time in searching the site. Also to try to make few more stations.
Laptop and DVR times were NIST sync. We could not make arrangements for GPS time stamping.

The results of the occultation time very much matched with Paul Maley’s results,
(106) Dione occults HIP 12740

Another successful observation by Jyotirvidya Parisanstha. Team JVP recorded occultation of star HIP 12740 by the asteroid (106) Dione.

Posted by Jyotirvidya Parisanstha on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Annual Report for 2014-15

The Governing Council of Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (JVP) is very pleased to put forward annual report of 71th 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: English Version; Marathi Version