Saturday, January 6, 2018

Rajgad trek - 2013

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Shot this about 4 years ago in December 2013 while sitting in the so called "Nedhe" on the fort, Rajgad - the fort was the capital of the Maratha Empire under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which the capital was moved to the Raigad Fort.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Get ready for rare blue moon 31 Jan

January is set to be an incredible month for the skies. Warming up with the New Year’s Supermoon and the spectacular Quadrantids, this month will end with a blue supermoon in total eclipse for many viewers.

The first eclipse of 2018 will be a lunar one that comes at the very end of the month, on Jan. 31. 

It will be a total eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month, popularly referred to as a Blue Moon. Such a skywatching event hasn't happened for more than 150 years.

The eclipse will take place during the middle of the night, and the Pacific Ocean will be turned toward the moon at the time. Central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia will get a fine view of this moon show in the evening sky. Heading farther west into western Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the moon rises. 

Moon shot on the evening of 4th Jan 2018 from Pune, IN by me
Follow the links for more details :

NASA has posted a video explaining everything you need to know to make sure you catch the rest of January’s astronomical feast. Jane Houston Jones, an astronomer from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explains how to watch the Quadrantids, a close pairing of Jupiter and Mars, and the blue supermoon.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

My photograph in WMO Calendar 2018

I am pleased to let you know that, one of my photograph taken from the peak of "Kalsubai" - The highest peak of Maharashtra state which is also known as "Everest of Maharashtra" with elevation of 1,646 m (5400 feet) above sea level - the photograph is published in World Meteorological Organization aka WMO - a United Nations organization which work for climate, water and environmental activities.

The photographed captioned as "Winter Day" as it was shot on 25th December's afternoon when I made it to the top.

It is the first ever photo entry from India in WMO calendar or any public products of theirs. The photo is selected as one of the best in top 12 photos from over thousands of entries. It is viewed over 400,000 times by people during facebook contest. Thanks to all my friends from India who showed their support for making this shot win.

This calendar themed as "Weather Ready, Climate Smart" is now distributed to meteorological organisations in WMO's 191 member countries and territories as well as at the annual U.N. climate negotiations taking place at Bonn, Germany.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 at a glance

Wishing you all Happy New Year & best wishes on upcoming adventures. 

I hope this new year will fulfill all your wishes and dreams. Lots of happiness and love. ❤️

2017 was one of the most amazing year for me which gave me lot of exposure, experience and chance to do something different as always, from receiving signals sent out of the International Space Station back to 🌎 Earth, articles, cover shot, magazines, newspaper, awards, calendars (WMO & Plane Spotters India) and so. 

Not to mention lot of travel this year, Nagpur, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ooty, several treks and total of 5000 kms of driving experience, made lot of new friends from all over the world who share similar interest. 

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you for your enormous support, love & blessings, which kept me going throughout the year. And yes, we did this together!  I am sure this is not the end, this is just a beginning and I'm already working on 2018 publications such as calendars, and magazines.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

SpieJet seaplane trial

SpiceJet Successfully Conducts Sea Plane Trial in Girgaon Chowpatty, Mumbai.

The demo flight, carried out with "Quest Kodiak 100" aircraft, registration : "N181KQ" in association with Japan's Setouchi Holdings was however, not without the hiccups as the poor visibility delayed its take off by over one-and-half-hour from Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Int'l Airport for Girgaon Chowpatty.

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Aviation Minister A. Gajpati Raju and CMD of SpiceJet, Ajay Singh were also present at the trial run event on Saturday (9th Dec 2017).

Amphibious seaplane operations can bring the remotest parts of India into the mainstream aviation network without the high cost of building airports and runways under UDAN scheme.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Cyclone Ockhi

The cyclonic storm ‘OCKHI’ over Southeast Arabian Sea continued to move north-west with a speed of 17 kmph during past 06 hours, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of today, the 01st December, 2017 over southeast Arabian Sea near Latitude 8.8º N and Longitude 74.0º E, about 110 km north-northeast of Minicoy and 290 km southeast of Amini Divi. The system is very likely to intensify further during next 24 hours. It is very likely to continue to move west-northwest across Lakshadweep Islands during next 24 hours and then move north/north-west during the subsequent 48 hours.

The cyclone has affected Lakshadweep Islands, south Indian states Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, with presence of heavy rain and gusting winds. It also covers island countries such as Maldives. 

Here are high resolution images received from Russian Weather Satellite : Meteor M N-2 today morning at 10:00AM IST (1 Dec 2017). 

Thermal Image : 30/12/2017 - 10:00PM IST


Colour - Precipitation


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