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How many of you know that a rising full moon appears "Red"? Quite fascinating, right. Well, this image highlights this unknown fact to many of us. Though the image quality is not good, due to lack of resources-it could not hamper our zeal & enthusiasm.
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A great news,We're pleased to announce that a new Oort Cloud comet is approaching us. Named C/2013 US10 Catalina, the comet can become relatively bright in Dec. 15- Jan. 16. Currently it hovers in space at a magnitude of about +13. However, there are good prospects of the comet to attain a magnitude of +3; which means it could be easily visible to the unaided eyes in suburbs.Clear Skies!
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Dear Sky Watchers',A great bit of fact:The Crab Nebula was produced by a supernova explosion in 1054 A.D. The Chinese and Arab astronomers at the time noted that the explosion was so bright, that it was visible during the day, and lit up the night sky for months.The next time this could happen is when, the star Betelgeuse (alpha-Orionis) in the constellation Orion explodes. Time? No...not today or tomorrow, but within 1,00,000 years! If predictions & calculations hold true, then it could be seen as a giant supernova-which would be very, very, very bright! Easily visible in bright daylight!
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Something very funny!
We all know how a flame of a candle appears on Earth-somewhat like a magical broom, pointed on the end. But the following photograph showcases, how it would appear in zero gravity, in International Space Station!!!
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The mesmerizing twilight, just couldn't keep us still. This photograph taken on 11th Jan. showcases the closest planetary neighbour of ours. Venus-had really won our hearts. Image info.:ISO 800 f/4.5 Exposure: 1 sec.
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Mercury and Venus arewithin 1° of each other, lowin the southwest in eveningtwilight, from now throughnext Monday. Think photoopportunity!Mercury, Venus, and Marsare all on the far side of theSun from us now. Venus iscurrently 13 light-minutesfrom Earth, Mercury is 9light-minutes, and Mars is17, compared to the Sun's 8.
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Mercury-the closest planet to the Sun & the Roman Goddess of Love- Venus- our closest planetary neighbour!!!The twilight sky was magical. The outcome was spectacular! This image has really hypnotized us.
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Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, is really going to give us a New Year delight. Estimated to brighten to the magnitude of +4; the comet should be an amazing sight in the second week of January. It has a distinct greenish appearence and it will be quite apparent to your eyes. For a successful Comet~Watch follow the instruction and it might just leave you mesmerized:
Apparatus: 7x50 or 10x50 or 7x35 binoculars.
Time: Late evening.
Location: refer to sky maps

Picture: by Jan Curtis on 20 December, 2014 with Nikon D7100+Nikkor 180mm lens at f/4.5
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Sky Watchers' Association of Bardhaman, wishes everybody across the globe a Happy New Year 2015!
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The year 2014 brought glory to the city of Bardhaman. Guess why?
It's only because Sky Watchers' Association of Bardhaman was founded on a rainy day of 22nd August 2014. Till then, we have progressed immensely, thanks to our members, well-wishers...
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