Southern Cross at Dawn

A constellation with a cross pattern is now visible in the early morning sky. This is the constellation Crux, or the “Southern Cross”. It has four prominent stars and can be seen very easily with the naked eye. The cross may tilt differently (to the left or to the right) depending on the time of observation. Crux is best viewed this month of January until May, visible from the Philippines and most parts of the world.

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Taken yesterday, January 16, 2019, from Bacoor City, Cavite, using a DSLR camera on a tripod. For more photos of constellations taken in the Philippines, click here.

To find the constellation, just face the southern horizon a few hours before sunrise.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

 

 

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Mobile Planetarium

I had a chance to view a simulated night sky in National Museum Planetarium’s mobile planetarium on August 13, 2016. The planetarium is about 5 meters high (from floor to dome ceiling). It uses a fish eye lens mounted onto an LCD projector to display images of the sky.

Here are some photos taken during the virtual sky tour.

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Big Dipper and Mayon Volcano

I have always wondered how big Mayon volcano would be when framed against the night sky, as viewed from an easily accessible location such as Legazpi City. The photo below shows the apparent altitude (or its height measured in degrees) of Mayon, with the Big Dipper asterism framed in the background to provide a sense of scale.

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Mayon Volcano framed against the Big Dipper, taken on March 27, 2016 at around 3:48 am. As viewed from Legazpi, Albay, Mayon has an apparent altitude of only about 11.5 degrees (for comparison with Polaris, click here).

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Milky Way near Orion (November 11, 2012)

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Wide-field image of the Milky Way near the constellation Orion, taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and an 18-55 mm lens set to 18 mm, f/3.5, ISO 1600, 60 sec exposure, on November 11, 2012 under the dark clear skies of Boso-boso, Rizal, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more Milky Way images, click here.

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Cassiopeia November 11, 2012

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Wide-field image of the constellation Cassiopeia taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and a 50 mm f/1.8 kit lens, ISO 1600, 4 x 15 sec exposure, on November 11, 2012 under the dark clear skies of Boso-boso, Rizal, Philippines. The Milky Way stretching (horizontally) through the constellation is visible in this photo as a rich background of stars. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of constellations, click here.

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Orion (October 13, 2012)

Constellation Orion October 13, 2012 taken using a Canon 450D DSLR with 50 mm prime lens, ISO 1600, 3 X 6 sec exposure (non-tracking), Cavite, Philippines. The Orion Nebula (M42) is already visible even with a 50 mm lens. For more images of constellations, click here.

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