Category: Simulation

Facing east at 4 am, September 13, 2012, as viewed anywhere in the Philippines

There will be a Venus-Moon pairing a few hours before sunrise (3-5 am) on September 13, 2012. This pairing also presents an opportunity to spot Venus even during daytime, that is, while the Sun is up and the sky is still blue. The event requires no telescope and will be visible to the naked eye.

To learn more about upcoming astronomical events, click here.

Identify constellations and planets using Google Sky Map! This application uses the on-board array of sensors in a smartphone to determine the location and orientation of the phone and generate a real-time ‘map of the sky’. To identify objects, just hold the phone against the sky and the application automatically plots the current sky objects. Read more.

Google Sky Map installed in an XPERIA 10 mini Pro smartphone

Earlier today I organized a solar observation with the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society (May 13, 2012) in preparation for the upcoming May 21, 2012 annular solar eclipse and the most awaited June 6, 2102 Venus transit.

Solar Observation with the UP Astronomical Society (May13,2012)

More photos here.

For previous observations, click here.

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For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)




Image of Mars taken last March 8, 2012 using a 4-in f/9 refractor and an SPC900NC web camera through an imaging technique called eyepiece projection . The polar icecap (top of Mars's image), some surface features (dark and light areas), and Martian clouds are visible in this photo. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano


Baseplate for mounting an 80 mm William Optics refractor on a side-saddle arrangement to a camera tripod, August 2011.

© Anthony Urbano


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