Yes, I was at a star party last weekend with Science Express Team
Were the feast being served was – Venus with Mercury, a bright Mars, and a rising Jupiter with its Four Galilean moons – Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto. Served with winter seasoning delicious Orion Nebulae, Pleiades (aka Seven Sisters), Hyades and Sirius – A true diamond in the sky.
The constellations that lit up the show at our star party were – Orion, Taurus, Auriga, Cassiopeia, Gemini, Pegasus, Perseus, Cygnus and Big dipper (which showed up at the horizon in early morning)
Ratangarh, a small township located in Churu district of Rajasthan state of India showcased a semi-medium clear sky with fog patches & hovering clouds.
The most spectacular celestial object that didn’t showed up (being shy) was Comet Lovejoy.
However, our joys knew no bounds as we rushed up to spot Venus and Mercury under same field-of-view (fov) that too with both eyes (using a skymaster Celestron binos) as they were setting in the west..and we were lucky to have clear weather on the west..which was nearly four times far better than the east side.
I found myself very lucky to be warmed up with science communicators of current phase and my old colleagues.
This particular star party shall always remain with me as a beautiful memory; hard to part with.
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