Sky-gazers wonder at ‘the great conjunction’

All eyes have been on the sky on Mon night as a vibrant globe of sunshine ascended on sky quickly afterwards the sunset. The thing within the sky was gas giant Jupiter, shining at its best, together with its celestial neighbour Saturn. the 2 planets, although hundreds of thousands of kilometres apart, appeared absent from one another by a width of a hair.

Hundreds of fanatics witnessed ‘the grand conjunction’ of the 2 planets with their eyes and by telescope or binoculars.

Dhananjay Raval, a city-based science communicator, mentioned that over 150 individuals participated within the viewing session. “It was a mass event in true sense with buzz about the event preceding it by days,” he said. Sakshi, a Nirma Vidyavihar student, who was a part of the viewing session, mentioned that it was a second of lifetime and she or he desired to witness it. “It takes us nearer to the wonders of nature,” she said.

Bhakti Shah, a resident of Ambawadi, mentioned that her sister, an astronomy aficionado, had knowledgeable the household concerning the conjunction and thus they had been ready with the telescope.
Raval mentioned that the phenomenon might be seen for the following few days and those that couldn’t witness it on Monday can still see it from 6.30pm to 8pm.6.30pm to 8pm.

NRI with Gujarat roots to monitor Australia’s sky

It is one of the overlooked and unheard town of Aravalli’s Modasa taluka. In any case, Tachukada Pahadpur has abruptly come in spotlight. This dull town of north Gujarat is wearing a merry care for a young having establishes in this town has become watchman of the sky in Australia.

Local people are commending advancement of 21-year-old Indo-Australian Vraj Patel as a military pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the elevated fighting part of the Australian Defense Forces.

Vraj is child of Vimal Patel, a material science and maths instructor, who moved to Australia twenty years back.

“My grandson had scored 97% marks in class 12 and went on to join Royal Australian Air Force,” a thrilled Natu Patel, a biology lab assistant at Sarvodaya school of Pahadpur village in Modasa taluka, told TOI.

“My son and his family are settled in Australia for the past 19 years. We are all proud that my grandson is now a distinguished fighter pilot,” said Patel, whose PhD holder child filled in as an educator at Vallabh Vidyanagar-based Sardar Patel University prior to moving to Australia.

Kin state his persistent effort paid off

Subsequent to scoring 97 % in class 12, Vraj Patel had joined the ground foundation officials preparing school in Australia.

“It was his hard work and dedication that was noticed by his higher ups. After he got selected in RAAF, Vraj continued working hard and just yesterday got appointed as pilot officer of fighter aircraft,” said another close relative of the family.

Since the information on Vraj’s advancement has spread in this distant town, the townspeople are trading desserts while salutary messages are continually pouring in the Patel family.

Ahmedabad sees immense fall in number of lakes in two decades

The quantity of lakes in the city has been falling, kindness it’s extending boundaries. Visits from transient flying creatures have halted due to evaporating of lakes.

Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority says that twenty years back, the city had 603 lakes and the number has descended definitely to 137, as the city began extending. In 2017, 65 lakes inside Ahmedabad had become trash dumps, had development, building rubble and illicit infringements, as indicated by a Cept University report arranged for AUDA.

The quantity of lakes in the city has been falling, kindness its growing limits. Mansee Bal-Bhargava, climate plan advisor and metropolitan water bodies master told the Times of India, “Any waterbody in a city without water is a land parcel for metropolitan turn of events. The land has no worth except for the utilization allocated to the land credits the worth. This viewpoint has neutralized a wide range of water bodies.”

Visits from transitory flying creatures were basic sights each rainstorm in Vastrapur over twenty years back. The Vastrapur Lake reached out to the limits of Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation ground. The lake is dry presently, even after enough downpour.

The lake’s sub-catchment zone was 11.52 lakh m2 before. Characteristic channels used to take care of the lake. At the point when AUDA started lake advancement in 2002, property development, streets and city civilities secured 60% of the zone. 9% of empty land remains now.

A senior AUDA official stated, “With the present AMC boundaries expanding to 503 km2 there is tremendous developmental pressures on lakes and small water canals near Rancherda, Sanand Road, areas around Shela and Ambli. We will lose these water bodies soon to TP roads.”

Water bodies in Ahmedabad are contracting at a pace of 1.57 km2 consistently because of increment in contamination, developed space and unloading of squanders, as per a report arranged by Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics.