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...

Total Lunar Eclipse: 31 January 2018

Lunar eclipse will be webcasted here between 6.30 to 8.30 pm live from Kesariwada, Pune, India.


To witness eclipse through telescope, visit kesariwada, Narayan peth, Pune

After almost six years we are fortunate to witness Total Lunar Eclipse from Pune. Last lunar eclipse visible from Pune was on 10 December 2011. This time its rare occasion of Super moon, Blue moon and eclipse (red moon) on 31st January. Blue moon is not an astronomical event. When two full moon occur in one calendar month (Gregorian calendar), it is called as blue moon. The color of moon is not actually blue. When moon is closer to earth and on same day if it is full moon, then we can see brighter moon, and hence it is called as super moon. This happens because of elliptical orbit of moon. And this time eclipse is happening on same day.

On this occasion; Jyotirvidya Parisanstha has made available the facility of observing Moon through telescopes from Kesariwada, Narayan Peth, Pune. Program will start with moonrise i.e. at around 6:25 pm and will end with partial eclipse, i.e. on 8:41 pm. Program will be free for all and no pre-registration required.

Details of the eclipse are as follows:

Start of partial eclipse - 17:18:27
Start of total eclipse - 18:21:47
Moonrise for Pune- 18:22:40
Maximum eclipse - 18:59:51
End of total eclipse - 19:37:51
End of partial eclipse - 20:41:11

During eclipse, earth’s shadow fall on moon. During totality, although it is entirely in umbra, sunlight passing through earth’s atmosphere refract and red colored rays reach up to moon’s surface. Hence it turns red during total lunar eclipse.


February Star Party

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha has organized an overnight Star-party on February 17, 2018 near Nasarapur on Pune-Satara Road, Dist. Pune. Program will start with sunset on 17th February and will close by sunrise of 18th. Main attractions​ of the program are Moon, Venus and bright Jupiter. The program also consists of unaided eye star gazing; introduction to Rashis and Nakshatras, telescopic viewing of Venus, Mars, Saturn and its rings, star clusters, galaxies & nebulae, etc. Program also includes slide shows or short film and astrogames, etc. For more information and registration, please contact Aparna Kinkar: 8308831973 or Aniruddha Deshpande: 9822612737.

Venue: "Abhyankar Farm" (7.5 km to the NE of Nasrapur phata). Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Do1tqHPDUM72

Fees (incl. dinner):
₹500/- p.p. for non-members
₹450/- p.p. for members
Transport (optional): ₹250/- EXTRA


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Annual Report for 2016-17


The Governing Council of Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (JVP) is very pleased to put forward annual report of 73rd 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 vesion, Marathi version