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Transit of Venus - 08 June, 2004

After Transit of Mercury, it was the time for Venus Transit. This TOV is truly a spectacular and one of the rarest celestial phenomenon. The last TOV occurred on 1882 A.D. This time , this rare phenomenon occurred on 8 June, 2004. A grand public awareness program at P.B. Bangla Academ, Kolkata was organized by KAC on 6th June 2004, two days before the event. Theme address was delivered by Shri Mrinalkanti pal Roy, Astronomer of Positional Astronomy Centre on Venus Transit Dr. Shankar Nath focused on safe methods of transit observation. KAC president and astronomer Dr. Kalyankumar Bandyopadhyay revealed the myths and legends of the planet venus during ancient Indian and world culture. At the end Mr. Kaustuv Chaudhuri and Mr. Anupam Naskar revealed the venusian topography in a stunning slide show. On the event day ( 08 june, 2004) about 700 observers gathered at VIP market rooftop and about 500 observers at Salt lake CD park including many students on the observation centres opened by trained KAC members.Leaflets in English and Bengali were delivered freely. Newtonian reflectors with proper myler sheet solar filters, filtered binoculars and projection mechanism were used to view the event. The next TOV will occur on 6th june, 2012. After that this rare event will be observed by a world of completely new generation in the year 2117 A.D.


Transit of Mercury - 03 May,2003

An awesome celestial event that occurs about 13 times each century. The first transit of mercury of the 21st century occurred on 7th may, 2003. The observation of the transit of planet mercury across the solar disc was an event not to be missed by any astronomy enthusiast. KAC made elaborate arrangements to helpthe general public, students, teachers and any interested person to witness the event. Prior to the date of the event on 03.05.2003, a seminar was arranged by KAC at the physics dept. of Presidency College, kolkata involving various science clubs willing to observe the event. There , Shri Asis Mukherjee,, Shri Kaustuv Chaudhuri and astronomer Shri Kalyankumar Bandyopadhay scientifically elaborated the tidbits of the event and how to observe it safely. On the day of the event, four observation centers one each at Presidency College campus, Kankurgachi VIP market rooftop, Lake Town Girls School and Bangiya Vigyan Parisad were opened. Six refracting telescopes properly guarded and a huge no of trained KAC personnel were mobilized to conduct the programs. About 2500 people including around 1500 students gathered to observe the event successfully.


Transit of Venus , 5--6 June ,2012

The "Transit of Venus, where Venus appears as a dark spot in front of the Sun, will begin at 22:09 UTC on 5 June 2012, and will finish at 04:49 UTC on 6 June.Transits of Venus occur in pairs that are eight years apart: the previous transit was in June 2004, and the next pair of transits will occur in December 2117 and December 2125. The entire transit will be visible from the western Pacific Ocean, north-western North America, north-eastern Asia, Japan, eastern Australia, New Zealand, eastern Africa, Arabia and high Arctic locations including northern Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland. In North America, the beginning of the transit will be visible on 5 June until sunset. From sunrise on 6 June, the end of the transit will be visible from South Asia, the Middle East, east Africa and most of Europe. It will not be visible from most of South America or western Africa. Kolkata Astronomy centre is organising a work shop in Bangla Academy on 3rd June,2012 & "Ovservation Centre at a roof-top at a 7 storied building near Ultadanga on 6th July early morning. From kolkata it will start at 3.40 IST, before sunrise and will continue upto 10.30 am.


Meteor Shower camp at Sunderbans

Meteor Shower will be occurred from 1st January to 5 th January from the constellation bootes . KAC is planning for a 3 days observation tour at Sunderbans, the world greatest mangrove forest & a land of Royal Bengal Tiger . Just 100 km from Kolkata.Total tour would be held on a tourist boat. .


Total Lunar Eclipse - 10th Dec, 2011

A total lunar eclipse took place on December 10, 2011. It was the second of two total lunar eclipses in 2011, the first having occurred on June 15. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon is positioned just right in its orbit to pass through Earth's shadow.........It was visible from all of Asia and Australia, seen as rising over eastern Europe, and setting over northwest North America. In the Philippines, the lunar eclipse is seen visible just after sunset.........................................Duration was [Totality 00:51:08] [Partial 3:32:15] [Penumbral 5:56:21]..................... Contacts timing was....................... (P1 17:03:36 IST) (U1 18:15:43 IST) (U2 19:36:16 IST) (Greatest 20:01:49 IST) (U3 20:27:24 IST) (U4 21:47:58 IST) (P4 22:59:57 IST)................................................... KAC organised a observation centre in kolkata.......So many interested people took part...... Photography done by Mr. Anupam Naskar & Mr. Ramendralal Mukhopadhyay


Total Solar Eclipse camp, Barauni, India - 22 July, 2009


Rendezvous with the Mars - 27 August, 2003

On 27.08.2003, the earth experienced the closest encounter with Mars, the red planet after a long period of 60,000 years. KAC took active initiative of organizing the observation of such a rare event successfully. The program arranged by KAC was nicknamed - Rendezvous with the Mars. Prior to the event date on 24.08.2003, a seminar session was organized by KAC at P.B. Bangla academy. Prof. Basudev Bhattacharya, President of Sky watchers association delivered the theme address on Mars opposition. Dr. Shankar Nath delivered a lecture on methods of observation of the event. At the end, Mr. Kaustuv Chaudhuri, Gen-Sec of KAC and Smt. Kakoli Chatterjee conducted a slide show on mars explorations. About 200 audiences from different field attended the workshop. On the day of the event one 5 inch and two 4 inch Newtonian telescopes were pressed into service on the VIP market rooftop & one 8inch telescope was placed at Baruipur for public viewing. This observation continued for 3 days consecutively and was observed by so many general people from all over the Kolkata metropolitan area


Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Space Flight of the 1st Woman Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova - 25 June.2003

To commemorate and salute the 40th anniversary of the world changing event, KAC organized an evening seminar entitled Flight For Ever on 25-06-2003 at the conference room, Gorky Sadan, Kolkata. About 100 audiences from different fields attended the seminar. The inauguration of the program at 6 pm was followed by lectures Andrei Shuton, Deputy Director, Gorky Sadan and Shri Shankar Chakrovorty, Vice president, Sky watchers Association. The Prof. Dr. Amalendu Bandyopadhyay, Ex-Director, Positional Astronomy Centre, Kolkata presented a slide show on V.Tereskova and the soviet contribution to space science. He was followed by Dr. Debiprasad Duari, Director , M.P. Birla Planetarium, Kolkata who delivered a magnificent lecture on contribution of the Space Age on Modern Astronomy


Annular Solar Eclipse, Dhanuskothi, India -15th January , 2010

KAC organized a camp at Dhanuskothi of Rameswaram island situated at Tamilnadu state of India from dated 13th January to 15th January, 2011 It was the longest annular solar eclipse of the millennium, and the longest until December 23, 3043, with a maximum length of 11 minutes, 7.8 seconds. This is about 4 minutes longer than total solar eclipses could ever get. A special team with renowned scientist, astrophysicist & eclipse-photographer took part in this camp. So many astronomy lovers from all over the India & local people joined with us also. (The solar eclipse of January 4, 1992, was longer, at 11 minutes, 41 seconds, occurring in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.) The eclipse was visible as an annular eclipse within a narrow stretch of 300 km (190 mi) width across Central Africa, Maldives, South Kerala (India), South Tamil Nadu (India), Sri Lanka and parts of Bangladesh only. At approximately 13:20 IST, the annular solar eclipse entered India atThiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala and exited India at Dhanuskothi, Tamil Nadu. The eclipse was viewable for 10.4 minutes in India. After Dhanuskothi, it entered Sri Lanka at Delft Island, exited at Jaffna in Sri Lanka, crossed the Bay of Bengal and re-entered India in Mizoram. Dhanushkodi, which falls on the central line of the eclipse, was a good place to view the eclipse.


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ENJOY LONGEST LUNAR ECLIPSE (চন্দ্রগ্রহণ) OF THE CENTURY & THE RED PLANET
Venue : Anandadhara Apt, Aikatan Housing Society, Prafullakanan (west), Kolkata, 700101
Time : Camp starting from 22.30 IST ( 27 July) to 4.00 IST ( 28 july)
Partial from 23:54 ( 27 Jul) t0 03:49 (28 Jul)
Totality from 01:00 IST (28 Jul) to 02:43 IST (28 Jul)

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