A Celestial Collaboration: Stargazing in Kerala at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi

In a celestial collaboration that promises to elevate stargazing to new heights, Astroport Ashtamudi and Club Mahindra have come together to offer guests an unparalleled journey through the cosmos. Situated amidst the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, this unique partnership combines the expertise of Astroport, India’s premier astronomy tourism company, with the luxurious amenities of Club Mahindra, creating an unforgettable celestial experience like no other.

A Match Made in the Stars:

Astroport Ashtamudi is renowned for its state-of-the-art observations, expert-led stargazing sessions, and immersive astronomy experiences. By teaming up with Club Mahindra, known for its world-class hospitality and stunning locations, Astroport brings its passion for astronomy to a wider audience, inviting guests to discover the wonders of the night sky in the lap of luxury.


Stargazing Under the Kerala Sky:

At the heart of this collaboration lies the opportunity to gaze upon the celestial wonders that adorn the Kerala sky. Club Mahindra Ashtamudi provides the perfect setting for stargazing, with its minimal light pollution and expansive views of the night sky. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a curious novice, Astroport’s stargazing experts will guide you through an unforgettable journey across the cosmos.


Immersive Astronomy Experiences:

From guided stargazing sessions to interactive workshops and telescope viewing parties, Astroport and Club Mahindra offer a range of immersive astronomy experiences designed to delight and educate guests of all ages. Whether you’re marveling at the rings of Saturn, tracing the constellations, or capturing the beauty of the Milky Way through a telescope, each experience promises to inspire awe and wonder.

Beyond Stargazing:

While stargazing takes center stage, the collaboration between Astroport and Club Mahindra extends far beyond the night sky. Guests can indulge in a range of activities, including houseboat cruises on the backwaters, traditional Kerala cuisine, Ayurvedic wellness treatments, and cultural experiences that celebrate the rich heritage of the region. Every moment spent at Club Mahindra Ashtamudi is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of Kerala while exploring the depths of the universe.


Impression of the Night Sky:

As advocates for astronomy-tourism and environmental conservation, Astroport and Club Mahindra are committed to preserving the pristine beauty of the night sky for future generations. Through sustainable practices, including minimizing light pollution and promoting awareness about the importance of preserving dark skies, the collaboration aims to safeguard the celestial wonders that inspire wonder and curiosity in all of us.

Astronomical Events of March 2024 – Sky This Month at Astroport

Sky This Month – Astronomical Events of March 2024 at Astroport

March is poised to deliver a celestial spectacle like no other. For avid stargazers and celestial enthusiasts, this month holds a promise of astronomical wonders that will leave you in awe. Join us as we unravel the cosmic tapestry, highlighting the celestial rendezvous, lunar surprises, and a stellar comet set to grace the cosmic stage.

Jupiter’s Radiance: A Cosmic Ballet on March 13th – Conjunction of Moon and Jupiter

At the pinnacle of our astronomical adventure lies the majestic Jupiter, casting its radiant glow upon the western sky throughout March. However, mark your calendars for the celestial grandeur set to unfold on March 13th. A crescent moon, in a mesmerizing cosmic dance, sidles up so close to Jupiter that even a basic pair of binoculars will unveil the breathtaking intricacies of this celestial duo.

Lunar Embrace: The Pleiades and the Moon’s Dance – Moon Near Pleiades 

Prepare to be captivated as the moon indulges in close encounters, cozying up to the Pleiades in a celestial choreography that defies earthly imagination. Through the lens of a telescope or the viewfinder of binoculars, witness the lunar crescent nestled beside the radiant star cluster, creating a scene that is simply out of this world.

Mercury’s Celestial Treat: A Rare Opportunity in the Western Sky

For our northern hemisphere viewers, March unfolds a rare opportunity on the 24th and 25th. Cast your gaze to the western sky after sunset, and you’ll be greeted by the bright shimmer of Mercury low on the horizon. Seize this celestial treat, a chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive Mercury shining brightly in the evening sky.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: Moon’s Subtle Stroll on March 24th

As March reaches its celestial crescendo, the night of the 24th beckons with a subtle lunar stroll through Earth’s shadow, treating us to a penumbral lunar eclipse. While it may not steal the show like a total eclipse, the moon’s subtle dimming promises a celestial ballet that’s worth witnessing. Prepare your telescopes for this extraordinary lunar performance.

A Glimpse into the Beauty of Our Solar System

As we gaze skyward, these cosmic wonders serve as poignant reminders of the exquisite beauty embedded in our solar system. It’s time to grab your binoculars, find a dark spot, and embark on this celestial journey with us. Stay tuned for more cosmic delights in next month’s video, and until then, happy stargazing!

Keep Looking Up!

Before you bid adieu to the night sky, here’s a celestial gift for fellow stargazers – the moon phases for March. Let these guide your observations, and may your nights be filled with the enchantment of our cosmic neighbors. Happy observing, fellow stargazers!

Note: Celestial events are subject to the natural conditions of the night sky. Clear skies enhance visibility, so be sure to check weather conditions for an optimal viewing experience.

For more updates and live coverage, stay tuned with us as we bring you the latest from the cosmos.

Pack your telescope, weather-appropriate gear, and a cosmic curiosity. Check the weather, study the sky, and strategize your marathon route. It’s a celestial adventure – be prepared!

Ready to join the cosmic fiesta? Head to Astroport locations – Astroport Sariska, Rajasthan Astroport Dwarasamudra, Karnataka, Astroport Ajmer, Rajasthan, Astroport Ashtamudi, Kerala, & Astroport Corbett, Uttarakhand for the Messier Marathon! Save the dates, gather your cosmic crew, and get ready to be awestruck by the celestial wonders.

To know more, chat with us on WhatsApp or Call us – +91-9278767700 [9-ASTRO-7700]

Asteroid Alert! Spot Asteroid 3 Juno in the Sky

Massive Asteroid About 1/15th of the Moon: Spot in the Sky from March 1 to March 10, 2024


An illustration of Juno as it aligns with Earth and the sun (not to scale)

(Image credit: Robert Lea/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.)

Unveiling the Cosmic Marvel

In the vast expanse of the night sky, a celestial wonder is about to unfold, captivating stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts alike. Asteroid Juno, one of the dazzling residents of our solar system, will reach its brightest brilliance from March 1st to March 10th, 2024. As the night descends, an astronomical feast awaits those who cast their gaze towards the heavens.

Juno is one of the earliest asteroids to be discovered and is believed to be the source of many meteorites that fall on Earth. The asteroid is made up predominantly of durable silicate rock, which is robust enough to enable fragments that break off due to collisions to often withstand a journey through the Earth’s atmosphere. Juno is the tenth-largest asteroid, measuring about 234 kilometers (145 miles) in diameter. It is roughly one-fifteenth the size of the moon.

The Dance of the Cosmos

Asteroid Juno, the third asteroid ever discovered, will reach a breathtaking point in its orbit known as opposition on March 3, 2024. This celestial event occurs when the Earth aligns perfectly between the Sun and Juno. Consequently, the asteroid will be brilliantly illuminated, appearing like a luminous pearl against the cosmic tapestry.

Where to Witness the Extraterrestrial Display

Currently residing in the constellation of Leo, Juno will be easily visible to skywatchers across the globe. Armed with a modest telescope or even a pair of binoculars, observers can revel in the celestial ballet orchestrated by Juno and the stars of Leo from Astroport locations near you.

Timing Is Everything

To optimize your celestial experience, mark your calendars for the early hours of March 3, 2024. This is when Juno will be at its peak luminosity, presenting a rare opportunity to witness its splendor. Be prepared to be enthralled by the cosmic dance as Juno showcases its radiant glow.

The Astronomical Significance

Beyond the visual spectacle, the opposition of Juno holds astronomical significance. Studying the asteroid during opposition allows astronomers to gather valuable insights into its composition, size, and reflective properties. This celestial event provides a unique window into the mysteries of our solar system.

Join Us Under the Stars

As avid sky watchers, we invite you to join us under the stars and witness the unparalleled beauty of Asteroid Juno at its brightest. Our team of Amateur Astronomers and Stargazing Experts will guide you through this cosmic journey, unraveling the secrets of the night sky.

Tips for Optimal Viewing

  1. Choose a Dark Location: Head to any Astroport location in India near you with minimal light pollution for the best visibility.
  2. Use a Telescope or Binoculars: Enhance your experience by using optical aids to get a closer look at Juno.
  3. Check the Weather: Ensure clear skies for an unobstructed view of this celestial phenomenon.


In the celestial ballet of our solar system, Asteroid Juno takes center stage, offering a mesmerizing performance during its opposition. Join us as we embark on a journey through the cosmos, exploring the brilliance of Juno and unlocking the secrets of our celestial neighborhood.

Note: Celestial events are subject to the natural conditions of the night sky. Clear skies enhance visibility, so be sure to check weather conditions for an optimal viewing experience.

For more updates and live coverage, stay tuned with us as we bring you the latest from the cosmos.

Pack your telescope, weather-appropriate gear, and a cosmic curiosity. Check the weather, study the sky, and strategize your marathon route. It’s a celestial adventure – be prepared!

Ready to join the cosmic fiesta? Head to Astroport locations – Astroport Sariska, Rajasthan Astroport Dwarasamudra, Karnataka, Astroport Ajmer, Rajasthan, Astroport Ashtamudi, Kerala, & Astroport Corbett, Uttarakhand for the Messier Marathon! Save the dates, gather your cosmic crew, and get ready to be awestruck by the celestial wonders.

To know more, chat with us on WhatsApp or Call us – +91-9278767700 [9-ASTRO-7700]

Attention, Cosmic Adventurers! The 2024 Messier Marathon Awaits

Hey there, fellow space enthusiasts! Buckle up, because the cosmos is throwing the party of the millennium, and you’re invited! Get ready to mark your calendars for the 2024 Messier Marathon from April 6th to April 11th 2024. It’s not your typical stargazing night; it’s a celestial adventure waiting to unfold. Whether you’re an old hand at deciphering the constellations or just dipping your toes into the cosmic pool, this event promises to dazzle you with distant galaxies, mesmerizing star clusters, and enchanting nebulae. Don’t even think about missing out on this cosmic spectacle!

What’s the Messier Marathon?

So, what’s the buzz about the Messier Marathon? Well, picture this: a cosmic challenge that lures amateur astronomers into a thrilling journey through the night sky. Once a year, this mind-blowing event unfolds, inviting you to test your stargazing prowess by observing all 110 Messier objects in a single night. It’s like a treasure hunt in the vastness of space – an opportunity to witness the universe’s wonders firsthand! Can you handle the challenge?

Where and When?

Now, you might be wondering where the best place to catch this cosmic show is. Look no further than Astroport! With their crack team of experts, you can witness all 110 Messier objects in the span between sunset and sunrise. From 6th April to 11th April 2024. Plan your primary weekend shenanigans on March 9/10 and keep April 8/9 as your stellar backup plan. Astroport is your one-stop-shop for all things astronomical – dive in and soak up the cosmic vibes!

Ready to join the cosmic fiesta? Head to Astroport locations in Rajasthan, Kerala, Karnataka, and Uttarakhand for the Messier Marathon! Save the dates, gather your cosmic crew, and get ready to be awestruck by the celestial wonders.

Strategic Planning: The Cosmic Marathon

Completing this cosmic marathon is no walk in the park – it’s a meticulous preparation, a test of endurance, and a strategic plan, much like a long-distance running event. Observers, gear up – you’ve got to consider the weather conditions, sky clarity, moon phase, and terrain to up your chances of success. It’s not just about peering through a telescope; it’s about conquering the elements and claiming victory over the cosmic expanse.

Get the Right Equipment: Size Matters in the Cosmic Quest!

So, you’re gearing up for the Messier Marathon – the ultimate cosmic scavenger hunt. But before you embark on this celestial adventure, let’s talk equipment. At the very least, you’ll need a 3-inch (80mm) telescope to get a piece of the action. This size works under the darkest sky conditions, but here’s the cosmic scoop – if you can lay your hands on a larger telescope with more power, well, that’s the stellar choice! At Astroports, we’ve got you covered with a stellar selection of Telescopes and Binoculars, including gems like the Meade-LX90 8-inches ACF, Dobsonian 8-inches (GSO), and Dobsonian 16-inches (GSO). It’s time to gear up and get ready for a cosmic rendezvous!

Find the Right Location: Where Darkness Reigns Supreme

Darkness is the MVP when it comes to the Messier Marathon. To ensure success, you need to scout out a location with minimal light pollution. This isn’t your average stargazing session – it’s a marathon, and you don’t want any unwanted interference! Choose a night where the moon won’t play spoilsport with its own brightness (more on that later).

Reducing light pollution is the key to unlocking the full potential of the Messier Marathon. Picture this – you’ll be scanning the entire sky, from the horizon to the zenith, as the night unfolds. Too much light pollution can throw shade on your ability to spot Messier objects near the horizon, where atmospheric conditions are already playing tricks. So, plan your cosmic escape and be ready to travel at least two hours away from the bright lights of a major urban core. The farther, the better – because in this cosmic quest, darkness is your best friend.

Moon Matters: Timing is Everything

Now, let’s talk about the moon – it’s majestic, but it can be a tricky companion during the Messier Marathon. To maximize your cosmic experience, choose a night when the moon won’t steal the show with its own brilliance. Timing is everything, and you don’t want lunar interference messing with your stargazing vibes.

To ensure the moon doesn’t overshadow the cosmic wonders, plan your Messier Marathon on nights when the moon is taking a backseat, allowing the stars to shine bright and steal the cosmic spotlight.

Astroports Wisdom: Your Celestial Oasis

At Astroports, we understand the cosmic cravings of stargazers like you. That’s why we provide a haven for cosmic enthusiasts, offering a range of telescopes and binoculars that can elevate your Messier Marathon experience. Whether you’re eyeing the Meade-LX90 8-inches ACF or the powerful Dobsonian 16-inches (GSO), we’ve got the tools to make your cosmic journey unforgettable.

So, gear up, find your cosmic sweet spot far away from the urban glow, time your adventure to dodge the moon’s luminous interference, and trust Astroports to be your celestial oasis. The Messier Marathon awaits, and the cosmos is ready to unveil its wonders – are you ready for the cosmic quest of a lifetime? Get your gear, choose your spot, and let the celestial adventure begin! 🌌✨

The Cosmic Marathon Route

Picture this: you kick off the marathon with a front-row view of galaxies M77 and M74, hanging low in the western sky at dusk before vanishing into the abyss below the horizon. Then, it’s a systematic progression through the list of Messier objects, tackling densely populated regions like Sagittarius (15 objects) and Virgo (11 objects). As dawn paints the sky in hues of dawn, you race against time to catch a glimpse of the final celestial objects, including the elusive globular cluster M30, before the sun steals the spotlight.

Ideal Observation: Latitude Matters

While the Messier Marathon can be attempted from most northern latitudes, it hits its sweet spot for observation between approximately 20 degrees south and 55 degrees north. It’s like finding the cosmic Goldilocks zone – not too hot, not too cold, just right for a night of celestial wonders. Astronomers usually pick weekends closest to a new moon to amplify the experience, as the sky is at its darkest during this time. Get ready to be starstruck!


FAQs – Your Burning Questions Answered

1. Can I observe the Messier Marathon from anywhere?

Absolutely! While it’s doable from most northern latitudes, the ideal range is between approximately 20 degrees south and 55 degrees north.

2. What’s the best time to embark on this cosmic journey?

Plan your weekends closest to a new moon for the ultimate stargazing experience. The darker the sky, the brighter the celestial wonders.

3. How do I prepare for the Messier Marathon?

Pack your telescope, weather-appropriate gear, and a cosmic curiosity. Check the weather, study the sky, and strategize your marathon route. It’s a celestial adventure – be prepared!

Ready to join the cosmic fiesta? Head to Astroport locations – Astroport Sariska, Rajasthan Astroport Dwarasamudra, Karnataka, Astroport Ajmer, Rajasthan, Astroport Ashtamudi, Kerala, & Astroport Corbett, Uttarakhand for the Messier Marathon! Save the dates, gather your cosmic crew, and get ready to be awestruck by the celestial wonders.

To know more, chat with us on WhatsApp or Call us – +91-9278767700 [9-ASTRO-7700]

So, fellow cosmic adventurers, mark March’s and April’s new moon on your calendar, because the 2024 Messier Marathon is a cosmic rendezvous you wouldn’t want to miss. From galaxies to star clusters, this night promises to unveil the grandeur of the cosmos. With Astroport as your guiding star, you’re in for an astronomical treat. Gear up, plan your weekends, and get ready for a marathon that transcends the earthly realm – The universe is Calling!

Moon-Antares Occultation February 5, 2024

Catch Red Supergiant Star Antares Behind the Moon

Moon-Antares Occultation

  • Introduction
    • Brief overview of occultation and its significance
    • Mention of the upcoming occultation of the Moon and Antares
  • Understanding Occultation
    • Definition and explanation of occultation
    • Various celestial events falling under occultation
  • Antares: The Bright Star
    • Introduction to Antares
    • Significance and characteristics of Antares
  • Occultation of Moon and Antares
    • Detailed information on the upcoming event
    • Date, time, and visibility details
  • Historical Significance
    • Instances of notable occultations in history
    • Cultural and scientific impact of these events
  • Observing the Occultation
    • Tips for amateur astronomers and stargazers
    • Equipment recommendations for optimal viewing
  • In-The-Sky.org as a Reference
    • Overview of the website and its reliability
    • How to use the provided reference for further information
  • Connection Between Moon and Antares
    • Astronomical significance of the alignment
    • Possible impact on gravitational forces
  • Intriguing Celestial Alignments
    • Other interesting celestial alignments
    • How these occurrences captivate sky enthusiasts
  • Astrology and Occultations
    • Brief exploration of astrological interpretations
    • Cultural beliefs surrounding celestial events
  • Scientific Insights
    • Explanation of the science behind occultations
    • Contributions to our understanding of the universe
  • Photographing the Event
    • Tips for capturing stunning images
    • Recommended camera settings and equipment
  • Anticipation in the Astronomical Community
    • Insights from astronomers and scientists
    • Collaboration and shared excitement within the community
  • Future Occultations to Look For
    • Mention of upcoming celestial events
    • Encouraging ongoing interest in sky observations
  • Conclusion
    • Summarizing the significance of the Moon and Antares occultation
    • Encouragement for readers to witness this celestial event


The celestial ballet above never fails to enchant us, and one upcoming event promises to be particularly captivating. An occultation involving the Moon and the bright star Antares is set to grace our night skies, creating a celestial spectacle that is not to be missed.

Understanding Occultation

Occultation, a term often associated with mystical practices, in astronomy refers to the moment when one celestial body is hidden by another. This captivating phenomenon is not rare, but each occurrence brings its unique charm to the cosmos.

Antares: The Bright Star

Before we delve into the details of the impending occultation, let’s take a moment to appreciate the brilliance of Antares. Known as the heart of the Scorpius constellation, Antares is a red supergiant, shining brightly in the night sky.

Occultation of Moon and Antares

Mark your calendars for the upcoming celestial rendezvous. The Moon, Earth’s faithful companion, will gracefully pass in front of Antares, momentarily concealing its brilliance. This mesmerizing event can be observed from all parts of India. It will commence when Antares (Alpha Scorpii) vanishes behind the Moon in the sky at around 04:45 IST positioned at an angle of 19.1 degrees, above the horizon. Antares will then reappear at nearly 06:03 IST this time located higher in the sky at an altitude of 29.1 degrees. Timings may differ as per the location of observation.

Historical Significance

Occultations have left an indelible mark on human history. From ancient civilizations to modern astronomers, these events have fueled curiosity and inspired awe. The alignment of celestial bodies has often been linked to cultural beliefs and scientific breakthroughs.

Observing the Occultation

For those eager to witness this cosmic dance, preparation is key. Amateur astronomers and stargazers can enhance their experience by choosing the right location and investing in basic equipment such as telescopes or binoculars.

In-The-Sky.org as a Reference

To stay informed about the upcoming occultation, a reliable reference is indispensable. In-The-Sky.org provides detailed information, including timings, visibility, and additional resources for further exploration.

Connection Between Moon and Antares

The alignment of the Moon and Antares holds astronomical significance. Beyond the visual spectacle, the gravitational dance between these celestial bodies adds a layer of complexity to their connection.

Intriguing Celestial Alignments

Occultations are just one example of the captivating celestial alignments that grace our night sky. From planetary conjunctions to meteor showers, these events never fail to spark the imagination of sky enthusiasts.

Astrology and Occultations

While science provides a factual understanding of celestial events, astrology often interprets them through a different lens. Cultural beliefs and interpretations of the cosmos add an extra layer of intrigue to the celestial tapestry.

Scientific Insights

The scientific community finds immense value in occultations. These events provide a unique opportunity to study celestial bodies up close, contributing to our understanding of the universe’s intricacies.

Photographing the Event

Capture the magic with your camera lens. Photography enthusiasts can make the most of this celestial event by following some simple tips and tweaking their camera settings for optimal results.

Anticipation in the Astronomical Community

The astronomical community buzzes with excitement as the date approaches. Astronomers and scientists eagerly await this opportunity to gather data and share their insights, fostering a sense of camaraderie among sky enthusiasts.

Future Occultations to Look For

As we prepare for the Moon and Antares to take center stage, it’s worth keeping an eye on the future. Numerous celestial events are on the horizon, promising more opportunities to marvel at the wonders of the cosmos.


In conclusion, the upcoming occultation of the Moon and Antares is a celestial gift worth waiting for. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a casual observer, this event offers a chance to connect with the vastness of the universe and appreciate the beauty that unfolds above.

Stay tuned for everything Astronomy!



  • How often do occultations of this magnitude occur?
    • Occultations of such prominence are relatively rare, happening a few times a year.
  • Can I witness the occultation without any special equipment?
    • While it’s visible to the naked eye, using binoculars or a telescope enhances the experience.
  • What makes Antares a bright star, and why is it significant?
    • Antares’ brightness is due to its status as a red supergiant, and its significance lies in its position in the Scorpius constellation.
  • Is there a specific location where the occultation is most visible?
    • The visibility depends on your geographical location, and checking a reliable source like In-The-Sky.org can provide specific details.
  • How can I get involved in the astronomical community to stay updated on future events?
    • Visiting any of the Astroports for Stargazing and astronomical event observation in India (Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Karnataka) namely – Astroport Sariska, Astroport Dwarasamudra, Astroport Ajmer, Astroport Ashtamudi, & Astroport Corbett, Joining local astronomy clubs, online forums, or following reputable space and astronomy-related websites can keep you informed and connected.

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Newly discovered Comet Nishimura is quickly brightening in the morning sky and may be faintly visible with the naked eye next month. On August 24th observers in North America will be treated to an occultation of Antares.

Newly discovered Comet Nishimura is quickly brightening in the morning sky and may be faintly visible with the naked eye next month. On August 24th observers in North America will be treated to an occultation of Antares.

Comet Nishimura C/2023 P1Comet Nishimura slides between NGC 2392 (top) and the galaxy UGC 3873 in Gemini on August 19, 2023. The coma glows blue-green from diatomic carbon emission while a spiky ion tail extends to the west.
Dan Bartlett
It’s no small thing for an amateur to wrest a comet from the all-seeing eyes of robotic surveys. But Japanese observer Hideo Nishimura beat those odds on August 12.8 UT. That morning he took three 30-second exposures with a Canon 6D digital camera and 200-mm lens and captured images of a new 11th-magnitude comet in the constellation Gemini. It was his third comet discovery after Comet Nakamura-Nishimura-Machholz (C/1994 N1) and an earlier Comet Nishimura (C/2021 O1). I have nothing against automated hunting, but seeing an amateur’s name on a comet is not only a breath of fresh air but a great achievement.

Comets are like presents under the Christmas tree waiting to be opened. On August 15th the sky cleared and I found a location with an unobstructed view to the east to get my first look. At 4 a.m. local time Comet Nishimura stood just 8° high in the northeastern sky in Gemini. Through my 15-inch (38-cm) Dob I saw it right away at 64× at magnitude 9.8 with a 2.3′ moderately condensed coma. A Swan band filter enhanced its visibility and intensified the apparent brightness of the inner coma, a sign that Nishimura’s comet was rich in volatile carbon gas.

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