Astronomy Club


15th Nov’2016

Grade XI Astroclub Members of AUSAO*, on the 14th November 2016, partook in SKY-GAZING activity in which the super moon phenomenon was observed at Ashoka Universal School, Nashik. It was a part of various activities conducted by Ashoka Universal School Astronomical Observatory in the Academic year 2016-2017.

A "super moon" occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day as its perigee, a point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to Earth. The term is borrowed from the pseudoscience of astrology, but has been adopted by popular culture and astronomers. Super moons generally appear to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons. The November "super moon" was extra close to Earth (Nov. 14), providing an extraordinary sight for sky watchers .But exactly what makes this month's full moon so special. November's super moon —a term used to describe a full moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth during the lunar orbit — will be the biggest and brightest super moon to rise in almost 69 years. In fact, the full moon won't come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.

This activity was planned & conducted by Mr.Dilip Thakur with the help of grade XII students Master Abhishek Sharma, Rutwik Joshi and appreciated by Chairman of the school, Shri Ashok Kataria, Jt. Secretary- Shri. Shrikant Shukla & HM-Mrs. Renuka Joshi.


However, astronomy has had one more profound effect, it has taught us science and given us the first stepping stones of scientific work of systematic observation, correlation, long-term follow up and objective analysis like no other pursuit of human study has done.

One mile stone was achieved on 20th July 1969 by Neil Armstrong as he landed on the moon & became the first person to do it. Students of Ashoka Universal School Nashik, students under the guidance of NASA space educator Er.Apurva Jhakdi celebrated the 47th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on moon on 20th July 2016. Neil Armstong on his mission was accompanied by Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins.

During this activity Apurva Jhakdi interacted with the students & showed ppt about Apollo 11 mission & encouraged the students towards Astronomy. She also showed videos of students interacting with the Astronauts in ISS space station .An essay competition was held in which students of grade VIII & IX participated; the topics for the competitions were Mars Mission, NASA, and Our Solar System etc.

The activity was planned by Mr.Dilip Thakur under the able guidance of Er.Apurva Jhakdi & was appreciated by the school management Hon’ble Ashok Kataria (Chairman), Shrikant Shukal (Jt. Secretary, M.L Pauly (Principal), Mrs Renuka Joshi (ISC-Head Mistress)

The execution of the activity was done by Komal Bhandari (Activity) & the whole team of AUSAO* Astro club.