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...

December Star Party: 5 December 2015

The monthly star party is arranged on December 5, 2015 near Nasarapur on Pune-Satara Road, Dist. Pune. Program will start with sunset on 5th December and will close by sunrise of 6th. 

The program consists of unaided eye star gazing; introduction to Rashis and Nakshatras, telescopic viewing of Moon, Venus, Jupiter and its moons, Mars, 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.


Lectures on Lonar Meteoritic Crater

Lonar Meteoritic Impact Crater, located in Buladhana district of Maharashtra is the largest impact crater in basaltic rock and is a unique site from astronomical and ecological point of view. Jyotirvidya Parisanstha has organized two lectures on Lonar Crater:

Geological Aspects of Lonar Crater
Lecturer: Ms. Sneha Rode, former geological scientist, ISRO
Date & Time: December 13, 2015 at 6.30 pm
Venue: Tilak Smarak Mandir Basement Hall

Astronomical, Ecological and Archeological Aspects of Lonar
Lecturer: Prof. P. K. Ghanekar, former professor, Abasaheb Garware College
Date & Time: December 17, 2015 at 6.30 pm
Venue: Tilak Smarak Mandir Basement Hall


Study Tour to Lonar Meteoritic Crater

Study tour to Lonar Meteoritic Crater located in Buldhana district of Maharashtra is organized by Jyotirvidya Parisanstha during 26-27 December 2015. Lonar crater is the largest impact crater in basaltic rock and is a unique site from astronomical and ecological point of view. Tour will consist of visit to main imact crater, visiting temples inside crater, studying magnetic properties of stones inside crater, studying alkaline nature of water of Lonar lake, visit to Ambar crater and sleeping Hanuman (stone of this idol is considered as part of meteor), visit to Mehekar & Sindakhedraja. For more information, contact Mr. Amit Kadlaskar (8308331441) or Aparna Kinkar: 8308831973.


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

Recently @ JVP

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