Yet again we begin with one of the best event in night sky, the famous Leonid Meteor Shower on 17th November 2018. The event is very famous worldwide and hundreds of observer visit us to see the annual fireworks from the space !
Caused by debris left over of Comet Temple Tuttle, this meteor shower peaks on 17th November midnight and can show up to 40 meteors per hour this year.
The program starts at 7.00 pm (IST) in the evening and runs up to 4.30 am (IST) next morning. The general outline of the program is as follows:
1930 to 2200 hours: First Sky Session & Observations through Telescope
2200 to 2300 hours: Dinner Break
2300 to 0100 hours: Leonid Special Show
0100 to 0130 hours: Tea Break
0130 to 0430 hours: Second Sky Session & Observations through Telescope
These timings are tentative and may vary slightly depending on seasons and sky condition.
Rs. 450 /- per person for all participants.
Rs. 400 /- per student for all students from 8 ys to 16 yrs
Rs. 400/- for Senior Citizens as well as Khagol Mandal members
Entry Free for all kids up to age 8 yrs.
Optional Dinner Charges: Rs. 225/- per person
Bus services and Tea given during the programme is complimentary.
The charges are non-refundable, even if the programme does not take place, because of incidental heavy rains or for any other reason beyond our control.
The entry to the program is STRICTLY by PRE-BOOKING.
You should carry your dinner tiffin (if you have not booked dinner), mattress / chatai for seating on open ground, sweaters, hand gloves, head scarf / muffler, water bottle and your personal Medicine. Carrying mosquito repellent like Odomas is recommended.
It will be reasonably cold…so do not forget to get sufficient warm clothing.
Also, it is recommended to carry light snacks for early morning when we get tea.
Please note that we are not able to provide any of the above things at the site.
Where to meet ?
Meeting point is Nirman Park Society Gate on platform no. 1 at Neral station. Pick up from Neral station is arranged for the train timing mentioned and is free of cost. All those who join late or wish to live early will have to arrange travel from Neral to site on their own.
Mini Buses from Saguna Baug will pick up participants reaching by 1804 and 1858 train. Drop back will be after the program ends in the morning.
Location and How to reach:
Saguna Baag Farm House, Neral (W)
The 4.30 pm train on Karjat route from Mumbai Chhatrapati Maharaj Shivaji Terminus (CSMT) will take you to Neral at about 6.04 pm. This is a station next to Selu Station. Towards Platform 2 side is Matheran mountain range while on Platform 1 side is the farm house direction.
CSMT- Karjat: 1630 (Dep) : 1804 (Arr)
Thane-Karjat: 1750 (Dep) : 1858 (Arr)
All trains going to Karjat and Khopoli stop at Neral.