Category: Astronomy

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The December 2016 Geminids peaks with Moon peak

Karachi, Pakistan: Meteor showers are a great show and Geminids is one of the best meteor showers of the Year. I remember the first meteor shower observation of my life. It was back in 2010 when I recently co-founded Karachi Astronomers Society and we went to a mere 150 Kms from Karachi to Kalri Lake. It was first quarter Moon and it was too...

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Practical Astronomy workshops at T2F

This year has been great for Astronomy in Karachi and overall in Pakistan. The Karachi Astronomers Society conducted a series of Astronomy workshops at The Second Floor (T2F) during the month of August. I conducted one workshop named “Exploring the Universe”. The workshop had content mainly focused towards the Practical side of Amateur Astronomy like learning constellations, finding an object in the Sky, the...

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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Sep 2016 in Pakistan

Lunar eclipse in Karachi, Pakistan in Sep 2016: Lunar eclipse happens twice a year but not necessarily at a same location on Earth. This year on 16th September it will be Full Moon and there will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. If you want to know the timings, refer to the section 2 of this article.   If you do not know what is...

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Jupiter and Venus conjunction August 2016 from Pakistan

Conjunction is an Astronomical phenomenon when the two or more celestial bodies come closer to each other as looked from the Earth in the sky.  The planet Jupiter and Venus will come closer to each other and the closest conjunction is on 27th of August, 2016 and it will be visible from Pakistan although the window is too small as they will be too close...

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The 5 awesome Astronomy and Space sound tracks

I am using Astronomy star charts mobile phone apps and found that there are many great apps out of which Star Walk is one of the best app in the affordable price range. Sky Safari is another great app but it is way too expensive. The Star walk app has a beautiful background music that I found mesmerizing. The name of that music is...

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In search of clear skies for Perseids Shower in Pakistan 2016

The Perseids meteor shower is one of the best with average rate of 80 meteors per hour and they are very fast. In Pakistan, the summer season has been quite cloudy since May and the weather is still cloudy with heavy rains during first week of August. The Perseids peak from 11 – 13 August and it was Friday the 12th, when I took...

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Solar Astronomy Project by KAS Pakistan

Solar Astronomy is an important part of Astronomy whether it is hobby or profession. Solar Astronomy means observing our star “Sun” also known as Solar and Zodiac. The observation includes observing the Sun spots with a  white light filter and observing the prominences with an Hydrogen-Alpha telescope. Recently Karachi Astronomers Society of Pakistan has launched a project named KAS-SAP particularly for Solar observation and...

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Astrophotography and shooting COMET Lovejoy in Pakistan dark skies

In January 2015, it is winters in Pakistan (in the northern hemisphere) and so skies are quite clear at night with many deep sky objects available in sky throughout the night. Some of them includes Andromeda Galaxy, double cluster, Pleiades, Orion Nebula, Running man nebula, Flame Nebula and Horse head nebula. This was the 24th Rutjaga of Karachi Astronomers’ Society therefore named R-24 Al-Tusi. It...

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Astronomical journey – A night in the dark skies of Pakistan

Astronomy is at its peak in Pakistan. It was February 2015 and my 3rd dark sky trip within 3 months. In Feb, it is winters here in Pakistan (in the northern hemisphere) and so skies are quite clear at night with many deep sky objects available in sky throughout the night. Some of them includes Andromeda Galaxy, double cluster, Pleiades, Orion Nebula, Flame Nebula and...

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Planets conjunctions from Karachi, Pakistan

In this post I will share photos of planet conjunction taken by me from Karachi and Mirpur sakro, Pakistan. Let me explain conjunction so you may have an idea about it. A conjunction occurs when two astronomical objects have either the same right ascension or the same ecliptical longitude, normally when observed from the Earth. This implies an apparent close approach between the planets as seen in the...

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Astrophotography from Karachi, Pakistan

Astrophotography is my hobby that started with Astronomy. Astrophotography includes capturing photos of the night sky, planets, satellites, galaxies, nebulaes and star clusters. The photos is this post are captured by myself using different equipment at different places in Sindh, Pakistan. I have very basic equipment and basic knowledge of post-processing and I apply that to my best. For the past 1.5 years I...

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5 should-have Astronomy apps for Amateur Astronomers

Are you an Amateur Astronomer? Are you a nature lover? Do you look up in the sky and wonder what are the stars called? Do you love Astronomy? Put your smart phones to some good use and get these smart phone applications that will make your Astronomy experience and learning better. Our ancestors used to have sky charts, Astronomy books and atlas to find their way into the sky and learn the features on Moon. We are lucky to have some state of the art Astronomy mobile...

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