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Lunar Eclipse on July 28, 2018

In the Philippines, eclipse maximum will occur at 4:21 am on July 28, 2018

The moon will turn red on July 28, 2018, visible from 3:30 am to 5:13 am in the Philippines. The best time to view the moon will be at 4:21 am when the moon is at its deepest red hue. No special equipment is required to view the eclipse, although binoculars used for birding and other outdoor activities will greatly improve the viewing experience.

The eclipse will be visible in most parts of Africa (9:30 pm to 11:13 pm on July 27) and Asia (midnight of July 27 to early morning of July 28). Only the end part of the eclipse will be visible in Southern America from 5 pm to 8 pm on July 27 (one side of the moon will turn dark, but will not turn red).

To find out the exact time of the eclipse in your location, checkout this interactive eclipse map here.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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For inquiries, please contact the Manila Street Astronomers. Photo Credit: MSA (Published with permission.)

Manila Street Astronomers will be holding a free telescope viewing on October 28, 2017 (Saturday) at SM North EDSA in Quezon City and at the Alabang Town Center in Alabang. Feel free to bring your kids and family as we celebrate the 2017 International Observe the Moon Night.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

The Seven Suites Hotel Observatory differentiates itself from all other hotels in the country with its unique feature: it is a hotel and at the same time, an astronomical observatory!

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Here are some reasons why I believe Seven Suites a good place to conduct astronomical observations, especially for kids and the family:

1. It offers skies dark enough for some decent visual observations and astronomy photography. For astronomy enthusiasts, a safe place with dark skies is very appealing.

2. It is equipped with a 12-inch telescope (one of the most powerful in the country). Using this telescope, it is possible to see Jupiter and its moons, Saturn and its rings, icecaps of Mars, phases of Venus, the craters of the moon, some galaxies, and nebula. Of course, it will all depend on the weather and the time of the year.

3. Its resident astronomer, Ramon, is more than qualified to guide you in observing the moon, stars, and the planets. Ramon is also a good friend of mine and a colleague at the UP Astronomical Society (our astronomy club back in college).

4. It has a good vantage point. Since it is located in the elevated areas of Antipolo, you can take good photos of the sunset and city lights from its observing deck. It is recommended that you bring cameras or binoculars.

5. It is a hotel observatory! You can either spend the night under the stars (literally sleep under the stars) or opt to book a room instead. It means you get to enjoy astronomy without the hassle of camping out. It also means you’ll have access to electricity and the Internet.

Next time you hear news about astronomical events such as a super moon, a meteor shower, a solar or lunar eclipse, an appearance of a comet, or simply, a desire to enjoy some star or moon gazing, be sure to check out Seven Suites.

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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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Super Moon on November 13, 2016

Moon observation on November 13, 2016, at TriNoma Mall in Quezon City. Admission is free. For details, please contact the Manila Street Astronomers.

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Filipino-American NASA JPL Engineer Gregorio Villar III (center) with members of the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society (UP Astrosoc). Photo Credit: UP EEEI

Filipino-American NASA JPL Engineer Gregorio Villar III discussed about the development and the daily operations of the Curiosity rover in his talk Moving the Joystick: What it Really Takes to Operate a Rover on Mars on August 11, 2016, at the National Institute of Physics in UP Diliman, an  event organized by the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) and the Philippine Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat) Program.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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