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Quadrantids 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 Quadrantids (QUA) are a January meteor shower. The zenithal hourly rate of this shower can be as high as two other reliably rich meteor showers, the Perseids in August and the Geminids in December. Yet Quadrantid meteors are not seen as often as meteors in these other two showers, because the peak intensity is exceedingly sharp, sometimes lasting only hours. The radiant point of this shower is an area inside the constellation Boötes, not far from the Big Dipper. Since there is no moon this time, hopefully we'll be able to spot good number of meteors. Accompanied by a small 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.

Schedule:

Start on Friday evening around 7 pm from Hyderabad to Pocharam by Cars (Pooling). Reach Pocharam at 9 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 100 other than carpooling charges.

Some people can start late too as per their convenience. Spots availablity will depend on number of cars coming to Pocharam.

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. The night will be very chilly so be prepared for it.

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

Contact

Renuka -[masked]

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey. It was a good experience for me. This is first time i saw something like this. Had a good time

    January 5, 2014

  • Renuka

    great pics bharat! :)

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Renuka

    And start of a new year with great meteor shower!! :)

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Sreeharsha M.

    Anybody planning to start around 8:30 PM from Secunderabad?

    January 3, 2014

    • Sreeharsha M.

      I have Car and Driving License, but don't know the directions to Pocharam.

      January 3, 2014

  • Pradeep R.

    I got space for 3...coming from jubilee hills...

    January 3, 2014

  • Renuka

    @mohit: ur number

    January 3, 2014

  • Balu G.

    I have space for two in my car.any updates regarding plan??

    January 3, 2014

    • varun j.

      Balu , I am coming from Madhapur. Can I join you ?

      January 3, 2014

    • Balu G.

      Call me on[masked]

      January 3, 2014

  • Renuka

    anyone of u knows driving?? and ofcourse holding a proper driving license too?

    January 2, 2014

  • varun j.

    Renuka My no is[masked]

    January 3, 2014

  • Aakansha M.

    Let us know incase the event happens..when and where to meet..!

    January 2, 2014

    • Renuka

      i cudnt reach u.. call me.

      January 3, 2014

  • Renuka

    @varun jain: ur number??

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can get my car if we fall short. But its an i20, not really duitable for dirt roads plus petrol vehicle

    January 3, 2014

    • Renuka

      please give ur contact number..

      January 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      [masked]

      January 3, 2014

  • Shweta J.

    I can check with my friend for car if we falling short...

    January 3, 2014

  • Shweta J.

    Can the meteor shower be seen with naked eye also?

    January 3, 2014

  • Renuka

    Guys, only if someone with a car rsvp's this meetup will happen. So just keep looking. Till now no one rsvped who has a car.

    January 2, 2014

  • Gaurav J.

    Let me know the car pool charges. Hope enough people sign up at such short notice.

    January 2, 2014

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