City Life – The Starry Night

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The session began with an introduction. One had to introduce himself and state the reason for being there at the 23rd Rutjugga of Karachi Amateur Astronomers Society in Mirpur Sakhro. There were people from all walks of the life, of all ages. A lot of them had philosophical reasons; some question which need to be answered but the thing with such answers is, as pointed out by Douglas Adams in one of his works, that they make sense only when you know what the question actually is.

Karachi Amateur Astronomers Society (KAAS) is a group of astronomy enthusiasts formed in 2008. They have been organizing awareness sessions, star gazing rutjuggas and discussion sessions across the city and beyond. They have been successful in generating large interest as is evident by the number of people attending their sessions. The registration for the 23rd session was closed in matter of few days as number of seats were filled immediately.

The particular date was chosen carefully to coincide with the peak of Geminids Meteor Shower which was a joy to watch in the clear skies of Mirpur Sakhro, some 100km away from Karachi and accessible through the road to Thatta. The exact location was chosen near an irrigation water body which made the sightseeing even more fun. However a lot of time could have been saved as people reached the venue by the noon, waiting for the clear skies till eight o clock in the night. KAAS organizers briefed on the formation of night sky at the start and gave everyone the opportunity too have a look at the major planets, belts and nebulas in the night sky. Everyone disassembled little later, finding a place for witnessing the meteor shower which peaked around the midnight. The pace gradually picked up and we could point meteors every 30 seconds on average. The night grew dark and cold. The experience was humbling. It gave everyone what they looked for in the trip. Star gazing, meteor shower and the philosophical answers to philosophical questions.

The moon appeared off the horizon a little later. It lit up the horizon and appeared more like Sun in the dark sky. The clear water of the canal reflected its orange color. The meteor shower continued. People kept clicking the sight to be hold in order to share it with others.

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