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Silhouette of Atlantis (STS-125) and Hubble Space Telescope


Atlantis (STS-125) and Hubble Space Telescope passing by the Sun. Photo was taken on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, from west of Vero Beach, Florida. It was said that the spaceships were at an altitude of 600 km and they took around 0.8 seconds to zip across the sun.

Photo: nasa hq photo

There are few interesting facts about this picture. This photo was not taken by NASA or with any advanced equipment. It was taken by a French citizen and a astrophotographer Thierry Legault with his 13cm telescope and a camera.

Read more about it here:

Akasha – Astronomy Newsletter

Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers (ABAA)’s Monthly newsletter Akasha is out. Find its May edition here.

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In the news letter you will find details on the activities planned by ABAA, Astronomy news, Sky for the month, Amazing facts about the universe, Astronomy related articles by members and quiz section.

You can contact ABAA members via :- [email protected]

International Year of Astronomy 2009

This year is declared as The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) by UN and is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture and also marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilee. The aim of the Year is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme “The Universe, Yours to Discover“. IYA2009 events and activities will promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all nations.

ABAA has been involved in popularizing Astronomy in many ways for past 33 years. In ABAA we help people in making their own telescopes, have regular talks and discussions on various topics in Astronomy. ABAA conducts sky shows to public every first Sunday of the month, members of ABAA are taken to dark skies out of city light for deep sky observations. During events like Eclipse, Transit, Occultations and comets ABAA organizes public viewing through our telescopes.

ABAA members also take astrophotos, latest is the comet Lunil that was close to Earth on Feb 24th. Here is a link that one of our member made of movement of Comet Lulin.

ABAA has organized IYA2009 inauguration in Jawaharlal Nehru planatorium, Bangalore on 22nd March at 5:30PM. Don’t miss it. For more information mail to at

Star Of Christmas – Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

Here is an update on the planetary conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. Hopefully we could have a glimpse of this event easily for few more days. I missed my chance today as I could not keep track of this astronomical event and I could also see clouds in the sky blocking the view.

Never mind. I tried to capture this moment on my GNU astronomy tool called  “Stellarium” and here you could see how it looks like.

They also believe that, there might have been a similar astronomical planetary movement  during the birth of Christ (Star of Christmas).

More readings:


Venus/Jupiter Daystar theory

Plantetary Conjunction – 1 Dec 2008

Sky Chart – November : 2008