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More than one hundred astronomy enthusiasts attended Manila Street Astronomer’s (MSA) lecture on July 17, 2016 at the National Museum Planetarium in Luneta, Manila, with the topic The Moon and How to Observe It. The lecture was held 47 years after man first set foot on the moon in July 1969!

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Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) conducts its first public lecture on July 17, 2016 (Photo Credit: MSA). For more photos, click here.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

I have finally seen and photographed the zodiacal lights (diffused white glow in the night sky caused by the reflection of sunlight on dust particles orbiting the Sun) from Calapan City, in the island of Mindoro. Since the zodiacal lights’ glow is much fainter than the Milky Way and only visible in places with pristine dark sky, this phenomenon is very rarely observed by astronomy enthusiasts.

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The zodiacal lights captured in this photo appears as a diffused white glow extending from the eastern horizon towards the plane of the ecliptic (in the direction of Pleiades and Aldebaran), as seen from the island of Mindoro, Philippines. This image was taken at around 4 am on July 7, 2016 (about 2 hours before the local sunrise), using a Canon 1100D DSLR, 18-55 mm lens f/3.5, at ISO 400 at 63 sec exposure.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

I have recently come across what I would describe as the best low-cost (around 4 dollars) pinhole star projector that I have seen to date—a Kenko Star Roman star projector.

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Constellations projected on the walls and ceiling of a room using a Kenko Star Roman star projector. To learn more, click here.

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Worldwide Solstice Festival organized by the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) with special participation of the Guild for Astronomy Innovation and Advancement (GAIA) and the Manila Street Astronomers (MSA), June 19, 2016, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Philippines.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

 

Here are some photos of last night’s free public observation hosted by the Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) at SM Dasmariñas, Cavite.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Here are some photos of May 14, 2016 public observation conducted by the Manila Street Astronomers at the UP Town Center in QC, featuring the moon and the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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