Very much near to Pune City (just 30 kms from Deccan) there is new place developed for Sky Gazing … called as RainBow Island .. this is 5 acre land developed as a camping ground .. and perfect for Star Gazing …
Quadrantids meteor shower for Pune 2020 Location & Schedule
|12–13 Aug 2020||Perseids meteor shower||Northern Hemisphere (Best)|
|8–9 Oct 2020||Draconids meteor shower||Northern Hemisphere (Best)|
|20–21 Oct 2020||Orionids meteor shower||Both Hemispheres|
|17–18 Nov 2020||Leonids meteor shower||Both Hemispheres|
|13–14 Dec 2020||Geminids meteor shower||Both Hemispheres|
|22–23 Dec 2020||Ursids meteor shower||Northern Hemisphere|
|3–4 Jan 2021||Quadrantids meteor shower||Northern Hemisphere (Best)|
|22–23 Apr 2021||Lyrids meteor shower||Both Hemispheres|
|5–6 May 2021||Eta Aquarids||Both Hemispheres|
The Camping Site for watching meteor shower is Power backed up by 3.5 KVA inverter as well as 7.5 KVA Diesel generator so no worries about power failures ..
Its also furnished by Two sets of toilets (and that too separate for men and women) so that privacy is taken care (specially for girls) .. Also site is compounded and watchman is available ..
If you pre-book they also make Dinner on Chulha (चुलीवरची भाकरी आणि वांग्याची भाजी .. नाहीतर बटाटे / दोडका भाजी .. आणि ठेचा .. भात आणि वरण)
Additional facilities are there like Movie theater where u can see informative videos on Star Gazing, and presentations .. since its enclosed u need not worry about the chilling cold (many other groups conduct such workshops, however they keep projector outside and it becomes difficult to concentrate on subject rather than chilling cold !) So what I mean to say that this is the perfect place ..
Also is is so close to Pune city that one can drive down in 45 minutes ..
Map to RainBow Island for Star Gazing & watching Quadrantids meteor shower in 2020 Location
|Date & Time||Meteor shower for Pune(Night between dates given in chart above)|
|Location||RainBow Island Pune (New name is TND Woods)|
|9.30 PM||Reach RainBow Island / TND Woods, Kusgaon by Own vehicle(for group of 50 Bus can be arranged at extra cost)|
|11:00 pm – 12:00 am||Introduction to Astronomy and Night Sky|
|12:00 am to 1:00 am||Celestial objects through Telescope and midnight Tea|
|1:00 am to 4:30 am||Meteor Watch (Timings will change as per the dates)|
|4:30 am – 5:15 am||Early morning Sky Intro and Morning Tea|
|5:15 am – 5:45 am||Celestial objects through Telescope|
|6.00 am||Geminids Meteor Shower tour concludes|
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