2016 ends with meeting a foreigner and 2017 starts with meeting a foreigner. Last month I met Cassandra de Pecol aka Cassie is an American woman who wants to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest female to travel to all 196 Sovereign Nations and on 6th Jan. 2016 I met an astronomer Steve Bonnar, who was invited by YPO to conduct an astronomy session.
I was invited by Ramiz Qureshi to be a part of the team of Karachi Astronomers Society to conduct an Astronomy session at a private trip of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
For the first time I had an opportunity to travel with the legendary Sir Hanif Bhatti (Founder at PakWheels.com) in his Pajero. Our trip starts at 10:30am we reached Kund Malir beach at 3:30pm. Here we met the organizers of YPO’s trip, they introduced us to Steve Bonnar who is Dubai based photographer, physics teacher and loves astronomy.
We were so delighted to meet a fellow astronomer. He showed us his Stellarvue 115mm APO Triplet Refractor Telescope with CGEM Computerized Mount and Iron Meteorite which has some magnetic properties. For the first time I hold a meteorite in my hand and I can’t explain that feeling.
Then we spend our evening at the beach with coffee watching beautiful sunset. As the sun goes down Steve and Waqar set his telescope for telescopic viewing.
When we started the trip from Karachi, it was hazy and we were afraid if it will be the same weather conditions at Kund Malir but sky was clear after the sunset. I climbed to the mountain and capture the jewels of the night sky.
M42 (Orion Nebula) located in Orion Constellation is the only nebula visible to the naked eye while Aldebaran is the brightest star of the Taurus Constellation.
In the above shot first I thought it was a meteor but later realized it was some satellite passing by.
Steve started the telescopic viewing session with the little sky tour and showed Moon with his telescope while Waqar bhai introduced them to the Karachi Astronomers Society and showed Venus and Orion Nebula with the SkyWatcher 6″ Dobsonian Telescope. People were so amazed to see amazing details of the night sky objects. We answered all their queries about the stars and the planets.
After the dinner we left for Karachi, on our way back at 11pm at Makran Coastal Highway we hit by sand storm which lasted for 30mins.
We reached Karachi at 2:30am. Overall it was one memorable experience.