Under the Stars at the UP Town Center

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.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Interview with GMA 7 ‘AHA!’

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TV interview on astrophotography aired on March 2, 2014

I had an interview with GMA 7 on imaging planets, galaxies, and nebula using a telescope, as part of a feature on various types of photography. The segment was aired last March 2, 2014, at AHA!, a science and technology program hosted by Drew Arellano.

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Pan-STARRS photo featured at PTV 4 (NewsLife)

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Comet Pan-STARRS photo featured in a local news program NewsLife, PTV Channel 4, on March 14, 2013. Photos taken by local amateur astronomers are featured in the segment Astronomy Picture of the Day hosted by Prof. Edmund Rosales.

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Lagoon Nebula photo featured at PTV 4 (NewsLife)

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My Lagoon Nebula photo featured in a local news program NewsLife, PTV Channel 4, on March 13, 2013. Photos taken by local amateur astronomers are featured in the segment Astronomy Picture of the Day hosted by Prof. Edmund Rosales.

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Astrophoto Exhibit at MCGS

Miriam College Grade School (MCGS) successfully held its first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Week (STEM Week) on February 18-22, 2013, with the theme “Full-STEM Ahead!”.  The STEM Week aims to expose and encourage students to take up STEM-related courses.

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Miriam College Grade School (MCGS) celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Week 2013 (STEM 2013). Photo Credit: Jennifer Garcia

As a former faculty member of MCGS (Grade 5, Science), I’m honored to be given the privilege to contribute to this annual event by displaying some of my astrophotos in an astronomy exhibit. Special thanks to Ms. Reyett Paunan, the Subject Area Supervisor (Science), and Ms. Jennifer Garcia, Grade 4 Level Coordinator, of Miriam College Grade School (MCGS).

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Asteroid 2012 DA14 visible in the Philippines

Great news for fellow Philippine-based observers and amateur astronomers! The Asteroid 2012 DA14, the biggest space object to get so close to the Earth since regular sky surveys began in 1990’s, will be visible from our location on its closest approach to Earth on February 16, 2013, around 3 am local time.

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Star chart generated through the web site Heavens-Above showing the path of the asteroid as viewed from the Philippines and the rest of the South East Asian region

Only a pair of binoculars is needed to see the asteroid. During its closest approach, it will  peak at magnitude 7.5 (just beyond naked-eye visibility), moving at a rate of 0.8 degrees for every 45 seconds; in context, our moon’s angular diameter is just 0.5 degrees!

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Path of near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 on its closest approach to Earth on February 15, 2013 (February 16 local time); image released to public domain by NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Program Office

DSLR owners might also want to try to image the passage of the asteroid. A 50 mm f1.8 lens mounted on any DSLR should be powerful enough to capture it. Mount the camera onto a tripod, set the ISO to maximum (e.g. 1600), set the aperture to widest (e.g. f/1.8), focus the camera manually to infinity, set the exposure to about 3 to 6 seconds (adjust exposure as necessary), use remote shutter or the time-delay function, point the camera at the asteroid’s predicted location (refer to star chart above), then press the shutter when ready. Take photos one minute apart. Background stars will remain stationary, but the asteroid will appear as a rapidly-moving dot heading towards north.You can actually compile images and do a time lapse :)

If weather permits, I will attempt to photograph 2012 DA14 through my telescope. Follow this blog to keep you posted, or leave a note to join me in my observation. Clear skies!

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Solar Eclipse photo featured at PTV 4 (NewsLife)

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My Partial Solar Eclipse photo featured in a local news program NewsLife, PTV Channel 4, on January 24, 2013. Photos taken by local amateur astronomers are featured in the segment Astronomy Picture of the Day hosted by Prof. Edmund Rosales.

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Lunar Eclipse photo featured at PTV 4 (NewsLife)

Another photo featured in NEWSLIFE! This is my second photo to be featured this week!!

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My Lunar Eclipse photo featured in a local news program NewsLife, PTV Channel 4, on January 23, 2013. Photos taken by local amateur astronomers are featured in the segment Astronomy Picture of the Day hosted by Prof. Edmund Rosales.

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Orion Nebula photo featured at PTV 4 (NewsLife)

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My Orion Nebula photo featured in a local news program NewsLife, PTV Channel 4, on January 22, 2013. Photos taken by local amateur astronomers are featured in the segment Astronomy Picture of the Day hosted by Prof. Edmund Rosales.

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