Venus and Jupiter in the Early Morning Sky

Venus and Jupiter pair continues to dazzle early risers as the planets form an impressive sight this month of January until early February. This event is visible all throughout the Philippines and in most parts of the world. For information on how to spot this celestial event, click here.

Taken with a DSLR camera earlier today, January 19, 2019, 5 am, from Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines

To keep posted with astronomical events visible in the Philippines, visit my blog site (run by a local amateur astronomer and astrophotographer) www.nightskyinfocus.com.

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Moon joins Venus and Jupiter on Jan 31, 2019

In a previous post, I’ve described how to observe the pairing of Venus and Jupiter, best viewed from January 16 to 27, 2019. On January 31, 5:30 am, the two planets will be joined by the moon to form a celestial triangle. This is one of the most fascinating sights in amateur astronomy, do not miss it! On February 1 (a day after), the moon will still be in the general direction of the two planets, but will not form an impressive triangle as in January 31.

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Face east at 5:30 am on January 31, 2019

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MSA’s Astronomy Outreach Events 2019

The first few months of the year are known to Manila-based astronomers as the astronomy season, because this is the time of the year Manila and nearby provinces experience clear skies (the rest of the year are rainy months not suitable for astronomical observations). My colleagues at Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) are now conducting FREE telescope viewing events not only in Manila, but in other provinces as well. These outreach astronomy events are open to everyone (bring your kids, and the whole family)!

Below is a list of MSA’s astronomy outreach events for January (bookmark this page as I will update this post as soon as schedule for other months become available).

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MSA’s Astronomy Outreach Events for January

Arrive early, and bring your cameras. If the moon is visible, volunteer astronomers will assist you in getting a photo of the moon!

Manila Street Astronomers is a non-profit outreach astronomy group. For most recent events announcements, please head directly to their website.

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Venus and Jupiter Pair Up in the Sky

This is an ongoing sky event. Watch a video of the event taken on January 16, 5:30 am, in Bacoor, Cavite.

Venus and Jupiter will appear close together in the sky, from January 16 to 27, 2019, visible in the Philippines and most parts of the world. These two planets can be seen with the naked eye, no telescopes needed. A mobile phone camera should be adequate enough to capture this event (if you use a DSLR, then perhaps you can capture a photo of you with the planets in the background).

Information on how to spot the planets are provided below:

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Visible anywhere in the Philippines (and most parts of the world), no telescopes needed, just use your eyes!

How to spot the pairing of Jupiter and Venus

1. Wake up early. The planet pair is best viewed at around 5:30 am (Philippine Standard Time), from January 16 to 27, 2019.
2. Face the eastern horizon. Pick a good spot, free of any obstruction. If there is a structure such as house or building, you might not be able to see the pairing.
3. If you plan to observe the event every day, make sure to take a photo (or at least try to draw their position). Include the bright stars in your sketch. You should notice that every day, the position of the two changes! That is exactly how early astronomers were able to figure out that they are planets, and not stars (they do seem to wander, that’s why they are called wanderer—or planets! Google it up!)

Let’s hope for clear skies! Don’t forget to share this post! Wake up everyone, this is a rare astronomical event!!

To keep posted with astronomical events visible in the Philippines, visit my blog site (run by a local amateur astronomer and astrophotographer) www.nightskyinfocus.com.

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Eclipse Observation aired in Local TV Channels

 

My total lunar eclipse observation was featured and aired in three local TV channels—Unang Balita GMA 7, GMA News TV Channel 11, and CNN Philippines.

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MSA celebrates 2017 InOMN

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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Seven Suites Hotel Observatory

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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UP NISMED Observatory (Quezon City)

The UP NISMED Observatory in UP Diliman, Quezon City, houses one of the country’s most powerful and most modern telescopes. Its main telescope is a 40 cm (16 in) reflecting telescope, equipped with accessories which include a 20 cm (8 in) refractor guidescope, an 8×50 finderscope, and a fully-automated, motor-driven mount.

Stargazing activities are conducted at the UP NISMED Observatory during months of January, February, and March each year.


This is the first of a series of posts about the various astronomical observatories in the Philippines.

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MaSci’s Science Month (September 2016)

Manila Science High School celebrates Science Month with the Manila Street Astronomers on September 16, 2016. The event was open for all students, parents/guardians, teachers, and alumni of the Manila Science High School.

For previous observations, click here.
To request a free observation for your school, kindly get in touch with the Manila Street Astronomers.

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