Welcome to Jyotirvidya Parisanstha

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (known as JVP to people of Pune) is an 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 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. Right from conception, JVP has been actively working on the propagation of astronomy in purely scientific temperament

Total Lunar Eclipse - June 15,2011

On the night of June 15/16 we will have the opportunity to watch one of the darkest and longest Lunar Eclipses. Its full Moon night and the Moon is in the constellation of Ophiuchus, bit north of Scorpius. It is a relatively rare central eclipse where the Moon passes through the center of the Earth’s shadow. The last central lunar eclipse was on July 16,2000 which was not visible in India. Next one will be on July 27,2018 and will be visible in south India.

As the Moon is passing through the center of the Earth’s shadow, this will be the darkest lunar eclipse. Atmosphere also plays its role in brightness of eclipsed moon. Recently Puyehue volcano in Chile erupted on Saturday June 4, 2011 after 51 years of inactivity. The eruption at Grímsvötn volcano in Iceland on May 25, 2011 and resumed eruptions at Mt Etna volcano creates atmosphere more dusty. The ashes thrown in the Earth’s atmosphere by the recent volcanic eruptions will make June 15, 2011 eclipse more darker may be the darkest one.

Timeing of Total Lunar Eclipse for pune

Time (IST)
Moon Enters Penumbra
Moon Enters Umbra
Start of Totality
Maximum Eclipse
End of Totality
99 min
Moon Leaves Umbra
220 min
Moon Leaves Penumbra
280 min


JVP EVENT : TLE on June 15, 2011 : Place : Kesri Wada : Time : 10 pm.
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