Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us!
Barely any of us have come across that jaw-dropping, dark patch of sky, covered in thousands of tiny bright specks, that has left us transfixed. We, city dwellers, know nothing about what our home galaxy looks like, let alone the universe! Intrigued to know what it looks like? You've come to the right place!
Amateur Astronomy Club (AAC) is an association of astronomy enthusiasts, who share a collective objective of spreading knowledge about the cosmos in the society. Ever since its inception back in 2012, AAC has been successfully conducting astronomy outreach events and overnight stargazing programs in and around the vicinities of Mumbai and Pune. Along with being equipped with skilled members and quality gadgets, our club has also been actively raising awareness about myths and misconceptions related to astronomy, especially in the rural areas. AAC functions with a vision of reaching out to maximum number of people from all age groups and overcoming its geographical barriers.
We, at the AAC, would love to host you at one of our stargazing events. Come, take a tour through the night sky along with us and experience a totally different world that exists beyond us!
Due to the increasing threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the advisory issued by the Government to avoid public gatherings, all our future events stand cancelled for the moment. We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to the decision. Updates will be posted on our website and social media handles once we resume our sessions.
In 2012, one of our co-founders, Mr. Amit Patankar, published a book named Sky Hunt for Nakshatras, based on years of knowledge and understanding of astronomy. The book is meant to familiarize an amateur astronomer with Nakshatras, the base of Indian astronomy. Instead of focusing on the complicated mathematics, the book provides a more practical take on Nakshatras. Linking their shapes and geometry to understand the larger picture of the night sky, the book helps the readers to spot deep sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies using the shapes of Nakshatras.
The first edition of the book received a positive response and was sold out very quickly. After nearly 7 years, the author has decided to bring out a second edition of the book with several new chapters and surprises !
SKY HUNT FOR NAKSHTRAS by AMIT PATANKAR
"A well planned and executed stargazing experience with the AAC team!! Don't be
misled by the Amateur name
tag, these guys
are pro!! Keep it up folks!"
- Jagdish Patil
"I went for Stargazing with AAC at Naneghat in 21st April 2018 and simply loved it...
The whole event was well organised and essentials from logistics to food were well taken care of.
The activity was well conducted with lots of information and explanation of different objects and phenomenon in space.
We were lucky to get a very clear sky and could see lots of stars, planets and the Milky Way as well.
I would recommend to all Astronomy lovers or even to those who don't know much about it but are interested.
All in all it was a wonderful experience. Thank you guys and keep up the good work!"
- Amod Pimpalkhare
"Excellent efforts are being taken by this club for improvisation of our society by removing superstitions related to Astronomy.
Science teaches us not to confuse between Astronomy & Astrology as both terms make a huge difference.
Always grab the scientific knowledge & concepts for achieving your aim. Instead of depending on your luck, focus your target & work harder to accomplish the mission.
Support Amateur Astronomy Club and step forward for a better tomorrow"
- Radhika Jagtap