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Try to spot the alignment of the five planets as the moon joins them this weekend!

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To view a larger image, click here. The event will be visible in the next few weeks, but the best dates to observe are from January 30 to February 6, when the moon joins the alignment. This image shows what the eastern sky should look like on January 30, 2016, at 5:30 am (Image generated using Stellarium).

The alignment of the five planets can be seen from anywhere in the country (and in most parts of the world). It should be visible for as long as you have a clear view of the eastern horizon, and there are no clouds to block your view. It also does not require any special equipment such as telescopes or binoculars. One may simply observe this event from home, from his or her own backyard, using nothing but the eyes.

To view the alignment, simply:

1. Wake up at 5:30 am (your local time) on January 30, 2016.
2. Face east (Silangan). If you do not know where east is, simply use a compass or ask someone to show you the direction where the sun rises (kung saan sumisikat ang araw).
3. Use the map to find the moon first. Once you’ve spotted the moon, it will be very easy to find the rest of the planets.
4. Find the “bright star” to the upper-right of the moon. That “bright star” is actually the planet Jupiter.
5. Find another “bright star” to the lower-left of the moon. That “bright star” is actually the planet Venus.
6. Use the map to find the rest of the planets: Saturn (yellow), Mars (red), and Mercury (white).

The alignment will still be visible in the next few weeks, but the best dates to observe are from January 30 to February 6, when the moon joins them (which makes it easier to locate the planets). As viewed from Earth, the planets and the moon appear to line up, but in reality, they are separated by vast distances.

Keep track of the ‘sky events’ that can be observed from your own backyard! To keep you posted on upcoming astronomical events, click here.
For previous observations, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Here are some photos of last night’s free public observation conducted by the Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) at the Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City on November 21, 2015, 7-11 pm.

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To keep you posted on upcoming events, click here.
For previous observations, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Here are some photos of last night’s free public observation conducted by the Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) at the UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City on October 24, 2015, 7-10 pm.

For more photos, click here.

To keep you posted on upcoming events, click here.
For previous observations, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Free public observation at the UP Town Center on October 24, 2015, 7-9 pm

See the moon through a telescope!

Manila Street Astronomers will be holding a free public observation at the UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City on October 24, 2015, 7-10 pm. For inquiries, kindly leave a comment below.

For previous observations, click here.
To keep you posted on upcoming events, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Sidewalk Astronomy on October 10, 2015, at Rizal Park (Luneta). For inquiries, please contact the UP Astronomical Society.

In celebration of the 2015 World Space Week, the UP Astronomical Society (UP AstroSoc) will be holding a free public stargazing event called Sidewalk Astronomy at Rizal Park (Luneta) on October 10, 2015, from 3:30 – 8:30 pm. By bringing astronomy to the sidewalk, participants get a chance to see some celestial objects through various telescopes (weather permitting) and learn more about astronomy topics such as constellations, solar system, space exploration, and many others.

UP AstroSoc regularly holds outreach events geared towards broadening the awareness, interest, knowledge, and understanding of astronomy among students and the general public. For inquiries, please contact the UP Astronomical Society.

For previous observations, click here.

For featured photos, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Astronomy enthusiasts from Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) held a free public observation on September 19, 2015, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at SM Southmall, Las Piñas, in celebration of the International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). Various astronomical organizations around the world participate in this annual event by holding free public observations geared towards the appreciation of our moon.

MSA conducts regular public observations and will be holding another one on September 26, 2015, from 7 to 9 pm, at SM Southmall (parking lot near Food Street), Las Piñas.

For previous observations, click here.

For featured photos, click here.
For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.
For DIY astronomy projects useful for astrophotography, click here.
To subscribe to this site, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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