About Us

We are an organization that offers the opportunity to share and learn about one of the most ancient and, at the same time, most contemporary of sciences. Our membership includes people of all ages and in many types of professions.

If you're just starting out, congratulations! Astronomy is an immense field with many different and enjoyable areas that you can study. For the beginner, the WOU is there to assist you with visual observing and navigating the night sky.

The primary goal of our group is to make the study of astronomy an experience that is both fun and rewarding. All that is needed from you is your enthusiasm and desire to participate in this fascinating journey in the Universe of Wonders.

With growing no of members and monthly meetings, we are most active astronomy group, supporting a variety of interests ranging from observing, imaging, sketching and (of course) the armchair. We have members of all ages with a range of experience levels from complete beginners to experienced observers.

Meetings:

Our group meets monthly at the PCNDTA Circle, Spine Road, Moshi Pradhikaran, Pimpri Chinchwad. All are welcome for these meeting to have discussion on various topics.

Sky Watch:

We organize public sky watching events within and outside the city area. These are outdoor events where we show astronomical objects (Stars, planets, moon, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies etc) through our professional telescopes. Along with observations, theoretical sessions are planned to share and discuss about Stars, planets, galaxies and much more.

We Offer

WOU has organized over 40+ Star gazing events within city area as well as rural areas. We undertake initiatives to create young astronomers. Along with theoretical knowledge through basic course, practical activities of stargazing, taking observations helps to create and maintain curiosity about astronomy in specific and overall in Science. This helps to have scientific attitude among the people and students in specific.

Overnight Stargazing Event:

We organize overnight Stargazing events at low light polluted location, out of city. Such remote area gives spectacular view of our own Milky Way galaxy full of stars, planets, Moon and much more. The event includes presentations, discussions and observation through professional telescopes. See our Event calendar for details of events being organized.

Program on demand:

WOU organizes programs for groups, society functions, get together events, birthday parties etc. Such programs include presentation, introduction to sky and observation through the telescopes. WOU has organized such events in more than 40 schools, rural villages and societies.

Telescope making:

WOU supports the members to own their own telescope.

Basic course in Astronomy:

WOU conducts training and informative courses on astronomy topics. These courses covers various topics from solar system, stars, galaxies, black hole, telescopes, comets and asteroids, life in universe etc. They also includes practical sessions for observations and measurements.

This course will start in August. For more details, please contact us.

Guest speaker programs and workshops:

For information on currently scheduled activities, please see our calendar. If you would like to receive more information on scheduling an activity, please contact us.

Event Calendar

  • Total Lunar Eclipse

    Date and Time : - 2018-07-27  16:00:00
    Venue : - INDIA
    Event Details : - This is longest Lunar Eclipse of 21st century. The total phase of the "blood moon" eclipse of July 27 will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, during which Earth's natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly 4 hours. The eclipse will be visible in India.   

  • Mars at Opposition

    Date and Time : - 2018-07-27  03:00:00
    Venue : - INDIA
    Event Details : - . The red planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Mars. A medium-sized telescope will allow you to see some of the dark details on the planet's orange surface. Mars Opposition occurs on July 27, and Mars will reach its closest approach to Earth at 3:50 a.m. EDT (0750 GMT) on July 31. The Red Planet will also be at its brightest since 2003.   

Be A Member

Thinking of Joining Our group?
Contact us or come to our next meeting and say hi!
Here are some of the benefits of membership:


 A platform to learn, develop astronomical skills as you work with other members and the public.
 Training in various astronomical studies.
 Members will get discount in various events organized by WOU.
 Members can borrow Telescopes and Astronomy Books from the WOU library.
 Members can participate as a volunteer in various activities organized by WOU.
 Observing Aids and Observing Program Guides at reasonable prices.
 Special Lecture Session (Invited Guest).
 The opportunity to attend and participate in our monthly forums in which we discuss latest happenings in the world of astronomy. Members can organize various activities.

Membership Details:
 Regular annual membership: Rs 900.        Regular biannual membership: Rs 500.
 Student Annual membership: Rs 700.        Student biannual membership: Rs 400.

To join, just print out the membership application / fill online details and share it along with your payment.


We look forward to hear from you!

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Facilities

Telescope Library:

WOU Members can use the WOU telescopes for their observation. The terms and condition for telescope library membership:

 Telescope along with the accessories can be borrowed from office.
 There will be refundable deposit of Rs. 500/-.
 Borrower should be regular member (life/annual/student) of WOU at least for six months.
 Member can borrow a telescope for a week.
 In case of any damage occurred member has to replace the part.
 Minimum 6 month active participation in group activities is required.

List of telescopes:
1. 6" Newtonian
2. 8" RC Telescope
3. 12” Dobsonian
4. 10 x 50 Binocular
5. A set of high quality eyepieces

Books Library:

WOU has its own library of over 800 books on various topics and 80+ books on Astronomy and physics. Refer book list to add on site. Members can borrow the books for their study as well as donate to our library.

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Outreach

Looking for a fun and educational family activity this season?


Take stargazing to new heights by escaping the light pollution of the city and heading to rural area, where thousands of stars twinkle like jewels in the dark night sky!


Joins us on various overnight events for such wonderful experience. Also our Outreach Program is completely mobile initiative and can be conducted anywhere as per your demand: in schools, Societies, Get togethers at outside areas, trekking points etc.


Inquirey for Outreach Program at your doorsteps:

Our team will come to your premises to conduct the Star gazing event. We shall provide flexible packages as per your requirement and as per size of the group.

The following list of recent programs shows the variety of topics and interests that such event provide:

SKY TOURS How to identify the constellations. Different types of celestial bodies and their identification: Stars, Planets, Satellites, shooting stars, galaxies etc.
OVER NIGHT TELESCOPE OBSERVATIONS What and where to look for different interesting objects.
DEEP SKY OBSERVING What to look for and how to find it.
TELESCOPE MAKING Different types, their uses, assembling, testing and actual use to observe.
PRESENTATIONS Discussions and slide shows on various subjects.

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