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SMC managed SUMAN school students outshine in SSC exams with 7 students in A1 grade

Around 7 students from SUMAN schools operated by SMC score A1 grade in SSC 2020 results in GSEB. Around 350 students score A1 grade in entire Surat district which has passing percent of 67% highest in the state.

SUMAN schools are municipal corporation operated where students are provided free education, books, uniforms and other facilities.

Surat Municipal Corporation managed 18 SUMAN schools are run for secondary education apart from the Nagrik Prathmik Schools for primary education. This year SSC results in Gujarat for GSEB board was announced on 9th June 2020. Nearly 8 lakh regular students appeared for the exams out of which nearly 5 lakh students were able to pass making the passing percentage of 60% successful candidates.

State regular student result : 60 %

Surat results : 74 %

Suman Schools result : 87%


Two Schools operate in 2 shifts

Skygazing in Surat : Stars, Planets and Summer Solistice in June 2020

4th June 2020

Mercury is at its greatest elongation.

5th June 2020

Fullmoon (Jyestha Shukla Purnima)

World Environment Day

18, 19, 20 June 2020

Waning Crescent Moon

21st June 2020


Summer Solistice – Longest Day of the year

Father’s Day

International Yoga Day

22, 23, 24 June 2020

Waxing Crescent Moon

23 June 2020

Jagannath Rath Yatra (Ashadha Shukla Dwitiya)

Mercury is visible after Sunset for first week of June and then it gets close enough to Sun in the sky making it difficult to spot. It will rise in the morning near to end of June but difficult to spot until early July.

Venus is close to Sun in sky as seen from Earth. It will be visible as morning star before sunrise after mid of June.

Mars is visible after midnight in early June. Later part of June it rises after 9PM.

Jupiter is visible entire night rising from East after 10PM

Saturn is following Jupiter. It rises after an hour or so in the East. It is visible entire night. It rises early by end of June to be visible in the East right after Sunset.

Planets follow the Elliptical path in the sky.

Scorpius rises in South sky after Sunset and visible for major part of night. Sagittarius is following behind. Great bear rises in the north sky and visible for major part of night.

Skygazing : End of Summer in Surat

Skygazing is going to get a break in Surat as the clouds take over the city slowly.

Clouds arrive in Surat

Here is the Timelapse showing they bring the message of Monsoon.

Cloud Timelapse in Surat

Could only spot Antares amidst the white bright clouds covered in the night sky. Jupiter was hiding behind the clouds and appeared once in a while. It was a hide and seek game. Sagittarius and Scorpius constellation are up in the sky but clear view is not visible. Once in a while few stars are seen before clouds cover them up.

Antares visible bright in sky
Jupiter in night sky
Jupiter shining bright like a urban street light

It’s time to focus on Monsoon and wait for the migratory water birds to make their entry. Sky gazing may become difficult with clouds covered during the day and night for the next two three months. Whenever there is a chance, we will try to check out the sky and bring some updates.

Weekly Corona Updates from Surat | Lockdown 4.0 Day 61

24 May 2020, Surat.

Surat in Lockdown 4.0 Surat along with other major cities in India which are affected by corona severely have been under Lockdown 4.0 making it around 61 days now from the start since 25 March 2020. After the initial worry and hustle, slowly the city along with the administrators got hold of the widespread corona virus.

Total Tested : 19652
Total Positive : 1245
Total Recovered : 852
Deaths : 59
Active cases : 334

Recovery Rate is at 68.4 %

Highest number of cases are found in Limbayat zone with 474 cases till date nearly 38% of total cases in city. Athwa and Varachha B zones have least cases.

Many migrant laborers and citizens who wanted to go back to there villages, towns and cities have been facilitated with travel by trains and buses. Some of the earlier laid restrictions on movement within the city have been lifted. Precautions are being taken and penalties levied on violators of norms related to social distancing and sanitizing.

Life is slowly getting back to normal here in Surat.

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Skygazing : Stars visible on 21st May 2020 in Surat

7:50 PM Surat

SPICA shines bright in the Virgo constellation. It appears high in the east sky. Other stars of Virgo are not yet visible. The sky is light violet blue and turning dark slowly.

PROCYON in the Canis Minor constellation is visible bright at this time. It is high in the west sky and slowly going down.

Wind is blowing at speed of around 20km/h. The coolness it carries is signalling the onset of Monsoon somewhere around the corner. Enjoy the experience of looking at stars on this dark night with the company of cool breeze.

8:05 PM Surat

Algorab, Gieneh Gurab, Kraz and Minkar are visible now beside Spica now. Spica has company of its partner Porrima.

Towards the south Menkent is visible. Beside it Centaurus constellation is visible and it will go around a semicircular path in the sky not rising high up in sky, staying close to horizon.

8:45 PM Surat

Great Bear constellation is shining bright in the sky. It looks like a kite.


While looking at Great Bear, I spotted Hubble Space Telescope flying over head. It was beautiful view. It was visible for 30 minutes or so.

Pollax and Castor are shining together in pair as always. Arcturus is visible in east sky bright and shine. It will be visible all night.

Clouds took over after 5 minutes. Then the game of hide and seek started. The indication of monsoon is around the corner becomes more and more evident.

Clouds overtook the sky. Monsoon is near by.

Let your eyes adjust to darkness for best experience. It will take 30-45 mins.

Skygazing : See Crescent Moon in Surat

Look at the beauty of Crescent Moon and fall in love with skygazing. First glimpse of Crescent Moon marks the end of fasting month – Ramadan.

In Surat, India
Co-ordinates are 21.1 ° N latitude 72.8° E longitude

21st May 2020 to 25th May 2020


Crescent Moon

Sense of DirectionObservation Skills & Patience a lot of it.

21-May5:02 am 78° E6:05 pm 285° W
22-May5:39 am 73° E6:57 pm 289° W
23-May6:24 am 69° E7:52 pm 292° W
24-May7:05 am 66° E8:48 pm 295° W
22 MAY is a New Moon Day (Amavasya)

Moon rises almost an hour late than the previous night. On Fullmoon day, Moon rises after sunset while on newmoon day it rises along with the Sun.

21-May5:58 am 72° E7:12 pm 288° W
22-May5:58 am 72° E7:12 pm 289° W
23-May5:58 am 72° E7:13 pm 289° W
24-May5:58 am 72° E7:13 pm 289° W

Day length is over 13 hrs.

22 May is the New Moon day. There will be no moon on that day or night. A day before that is tonight it will be visible faintly in the west before the Sunset. It will be difficult to see in most areas. To be able to enjoy a perfect crescent moon, you will have to wait after Sunset on 23 May or 24 May.

Never look at the Sun directly at any point of time. It is harmful to eyes. Follow proper guidance and precautions.

On 23rd May, Moon will be visible only 1-2% so it will be very faint in the night sky and near to horizon. Places where you have flat clear unpolluted sky, you may be able to see it. Possibility of seeing is only 5% but once you see young Moon, you will never forget it. Often the sky behind turns pink, blue or orangish during first day because of it’s close timing with the Sunset.


On 24th May, early in the morning just right after Sunrise there is a possibility to see crescent Moon but it will be dimly light near by the Sun so it cannot be seen. Never look at Sun directly. Follow proper care and precautions. It can damage your eyes.

On 24th May evening is the best time to see Crescent Moon. After sunset, slowly darkness falls upon us. Moon will be lit 3-5% in the night and best possible time to catch a glimpse of it. First view of Crescent Moon marks the end of Ramadan month. So it also as religious attachment for some.

Crescent Moon in Surat

Patience is the key.

Moon isn’t visible right away. Even though Moon is above the horizon, it is not visible to us due to pollution in city as well as the luminance is not at it’s maximum. If you are lucky to be in the right place and have keen observation, you may be able to see it below that point as well.

Moon is magic. Once you see the first glimpse of Moon rising behind the trees or dark clouds or some far off houses, you will be captivated in the magic. It takes around 15-20 mins for the Moon to be clearly visible. So in this case it will be around 7:30 PM you can be sure to get a clear glimpse. To be able to see before that luck is needed.

Feel spiritual vibes while skygazing at Crescent Moon marking the end of Ramadan.

Look for planets and stars as well. As you wait while Crescent Moon is visible or once it has been seen until your heart is filled with joy, happiness and serenity, you can look for VENUS which will be visible in the West as well. Also you can look a bit towards the South-East near the horizon or a bit high up by 9pm to be able to see ANTARES.

Wonderful experience. Looking at the sky on any given day or night is a beautiful experience but when you have a lot happening on a single night within a span of hours then it’s the best experience. Enjoy sky gazing with your friends or young children.


On 22 May Moon will not be visible. It is the darkest phase of Moon. Locally it is called as “Amavasya“.

Let us know how your experience was in the comments section below. Feel free to ask any questions related to Crescent Moon or sky-gazing in general. Share your view and share it with your friends.