Geminids Meteor Shower @ Pocharam

ROUTE MAP FROM PARADISE, SECUNDERABAD

HEAD NORTH TOWARDS TAR BUND - TAKE LEFT AT TAR BUND X ROADS - RIGHT AT AMBEDKAR STATUE, NEW BOWENPALLY (NH7) - CONTINUE NORTH ON NH7 (80 KM) TILL RAMAYAMPET BYPASS ROAD - TURN TOWARDS MEDAK - RIGHT AT 500M FROM 132/133 KV SUBSTATION OF MEDAK TO POCHARAM ROAD/YELLAREDDY ROAD - AFTER POCHARAM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, CONTINUE ON TO THE DIRT ROAD AT 'Y' JUNCTION, LEADING TO POCHARAM DAM - YOU MAY HAVE TO DRIVE ON FLOWING WATER FOR 30m TO GET ACROSS (MAP 2).

Map 1: Route from Hyderabad

Map 2: Route from the deviation at Pocharam Road

Pocharam dam stretches across the Aleru river, a minor tributary of the Godavari River. The dam hosts a bird sanctuary and an isolated island along with numerous birds, and aquatic life.

Trek notes: There may or may not be any trek. This meetup is to enjoy nature. We may swim for a while. There will be no kayaks and no boating. You can leave early from Pocharam if your group is fine with it.

The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon,[4] which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid[5] with a "rock comet" orbit.[6] This would make the Geminids one of the two major meteor showers not originating from a comet. The meteors from this shower are slow moving, can be seen in December and usually peak around the 13th - 14th of the month. The shower is thought to be intensifying every year and recent showers have seen 120–160 meteors per hour under optimal conditions, generally around 2am to 3am local time. As the Geminids this year is near a full moon day, the time of watching many meteors at a time is around 3.30 AM as the moon sets at that time. Even though the moon might be a spoilsport till that time, we might be able to see many meteors as it is the biggest shower of all the meteor showers. Accompanied by a telescope, we will also be observing various constellations and some stars and have an informative session.

People are welcome and encouraged to bring their own telescopes.

Pic 2: Geminids star trails shot by Adrian

Schedule:

Start on Saturday evening around 5 pm from Hyderabad to Pocharam by Cars (Pooling). Reach Pocharam at 8 pm, and enjoy the stars till 6 am. Reach Hyderabad around 10 am.

Meeting Place: will be updated

Things to do:  Stargazing, Visit the Lake

Difficulty: Very Easy

Transport: Carpooling

RSVP only if you are serious about it. No shows are taken very  seriously.

Cost: Rs 50 other than carpooling charges.

Responsible Trekking: Most of us may not be serious trekkers but all of us have equal responsibility in protecting our beloved earth. GHAC earnestly requests all its members to be socially responsible whilst the treks and avoid any littering, shouting when in wild or causing anything that would disturb the normal ecology. Try to avoid plastics as much as possible, especially plastic smiles.

Food: We will have dinner en-route at Medak or so.

All GHAC rules and guidelines apply http://meetup.ghac.in/pages/Club_Guidelines

Things to bring:

2x1L water, bag, dinner, snacks, torch light,(must) odomos (non-scented), good shoes, and blanket/sleeping bag (must)

As we will not stay in tents, we'll have to go through the chilly night - hopefully with some campfire or else within our blankets itself.

If time permits we might go for swimming.. so get extra set of dress :)

Contact

Renuka -[masked]

 

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  • satya

    Hi All,
    Nice to meet you all. Below are some pics hope you all ll njoy. https://plus.google.com/photos/108421613369429447058/albums/5958372624747705985?banner=pwa.

    2 · December 17, 2013

    • satya

      Hahaha .. :)

      December 18, 2013

    • TirupathiReddy

      Thank you Satya

      1 · December 19, 2013

  • Bobz C.

    Hi All,
    Ur photos are posted in my fb link. https://www.facebook.com/vakalapudi/media_set?set=a.10152069506078984.1073741837.563238983&type=1

    P.S : As 'm not ur paid photographer, all I expect is only one thing..either Credits for my work or Critiques to technically improve my work. But if u feel that u dont like ur photos to be on my link or etc ...pls hold ur attitude for urself as its my camera n my page. My only intention to shoot is to hold some memories, thats it!! I say this coz I gathered enough attitudes from few people on that day..

    3 · December 17, 2013

    • satya

      Thanks!! Nice clicks bobz. Beautiful.

      1 · December 18, 2013

    • Bobz C.

      Thanks Man!! U gave the best shots too :) Nice time..

      1 · December 18, 2013

  • Sridhar

    I Dont know about stars and all the stuff we went to see..
    But i enjoyed the beauty of nature in the night ...Moon , stars , sky , water , dam , campfire ...feels good :)

    3 · December 17, 2013

  • TirupathiReddy

    Dear All. Hi my mail id [masked]. fb (btr.reddy)
    Pl give alink of picks.

    December 15, 2013

  • TirupathiReddy

    Thank you Bobz, Nice picks even in Night Mode.

    1 · December 17, 2013

    • Bobz C.

      Thanks Bro....its all ur masthi that kept me warm n try my luck :)

      December 17, 2013

  • Bobz C.

    https://www.facebook.com/vakalapudi I vl upload few by end of day or 2mrw...Nice meet ..Thanks Organizer for everything.

    December 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey.. Would you please upload it in picasa or extend the permissions in your facebook account.. I dont have a facebook account...

      December 16, 2013

    • Bobz C.

      Dont worry...I vl extend n let u know Sailesh.

      December 16, 2013

  • varun j.

    The meet up was great. It was wonderful to see the stars and sleep under the sky

    December 16, 2013

    • Bobz C.

      Sleep ? when ? lucky u for ur sack bro...'m completely sacked in chill weather :P

      2 · December 16, 2013

  • TirupathiReddy

    Nice group. I feel that the group really came together and that's what made the trip awesome !! I am happy that I made this trip. Hope to see you all in future treks. Thanks to Renuka for sky view and nice swimming experience.

    December 15, 2013

  • Sana Ali B.

    Hel!o! add me and a +1 here :)

    December 15, 2013

  • shashi

    let me knw if any spots left @renuka

    December 14, 2013

  • Renuka

    @bobz: pls provide ur phone number

    December 13, 2013

    • Bobz C.

      Tried ur number Renuka...switched off, I will poolwith Satya if possible.

      December 14, 2013

  • Sridhar

    Hi all , this is my first event ...So kindly help me out...how to go on with you people.....

    December 13, 2013

  • Renuka

    I will send you guys details regarding the carpooling by tomorrow.. I wont be available from 10 to 2 on phone.. So ill let u know before 10 or after 2! See you all...

    December 13, 2013

  • Renuka

    @rahul: provide rsvp details

    December 13, 2013

  • Trilok Chand S.

    Hi, Just wondering is there any significance to visiting to pocharam only to see the showers? Are they not visible from any other place?

    December 13, 2013

    • Trilok Chand S.

      Hi Renuka, Is this event considered as local or outstation event?

      December 13, 2013

    • Renuka

      I donno.. classify it however u like it :)

      December 13, 2013

  • Sita

    How much is the cost? It is $10 at one place and Rs. 50 at one place. Please confirm.

    December 13, 2013

    • Renuka

      Its Rs 50 other than the fuel charges..

      December 13, 2013

  • Sridhar

    Where can I find sleeping bag

    December 12, 2013

    • Renuka

      get one or two blankets if u dont have a sleeping bag..

      December 12, 2013

    • Sridhar

      Done , .

      December 12, 2013

  • Sridhar

    So many events I missed because of waiting list , atleast now

    December 12, 2013

  • venkata s.

    Please correct the "schedule" in description....

    December 12, 2013

    • Renuka

      thnx 4 dat..

      December 12, 2013

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