Stargazing Requests

A stargazing event could easily become the highlight of your exclusive event (such a birthday party, a wedding, a company event, or any other personal event). To request an exclusive stargazing event, email: aeurbano@up.edu.ph or call 09954997030.

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Looking at the moon through a telescope

The stargazing package may include the following depending on the sky conditions:

1. Moon Astrophotography using the Telescope (1 hour)
2. Basic Stargazing and Finding Constellations (1 hour)
3. Planet Viewing using the Telescope—Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus (1 hour)

The details of each part is explained below:

1. Moon Astrophotography

Using the telescope, we will view the moon and take up-close pictures of it (any mobile phone camera can very well do this). Through a telescope, you can clearly see the craters of the moon. Everyone will surely be amazed. You can ask your guests to upload photos of the moon in social media to boost interest. The views and photos your guests will be getting will rival those taken by professional photographers. Moon viewing and photography alone can make your event a unique and truly wonderful experience.


2. Basic Stargazing and Finding Constellations

Your guests will gather around and I will teach them the constellations. We will use a flashlight with red cellophane cover to read maps of the heaven. I will prepare star maps for the specific date you are requesting. These maps will be used by your guests to navigate the night sky. I will then use a powerful laser to point at the stars and constellations as the participants identify them using their maps (this is called star-hopping). I will show them the planets that can be seen with the naked eye, And lastly, I will teach them how to find north without using a compass, but by using the star, Polaris.

3. Planet Viewing using a Powerful Telescope

Several planets are usually visible each night. If visible (it depends on the time of the night and the month of the year), we will use a telescope to look at Jupiter and 4 of its brightest moons, Saturn with its rings, Venus, and Mars.

Important:

As with all stargazing events, if it rains, then we will not see the moon, the stars, and the planets (clouds prevent us from seeing them). This is a very real possibility, thus, must be anticipated. If this happens, I have prepared 2 lectures for your guests, which we can conduct on any covered space (will need a projector and a microphone). The lecture part is just a backup and will not be conducted if the sky is clear.

Let me know if you have any questions. This could be one of the most memorable stargazing events you and your guest could get to experience (and if you receive good feedback, I’d be happy to work with you on a future stargazing events).

Recent Stargazing Events

Stargazing at UP NISMED Observatory (February 8, 2019)
Stargazing February 8, 2019

Supermoon (November 14, 2016)
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Manila Science High School Science Month (September 16, 2016)
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Worldwide Solstice Festival (June 19, 2016)
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Stargazing at SM Dasmariñas (May 20, 2016)
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Stargazing at the UP Town Center (May 14, 2016)
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Planets observed at SM MOA (April 30, 2016)
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Global Astronomy Month (April 2016)
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Solar Eclipse (March 9, 2016)
Partial Solar Eclipse March 9 2016 PH (2)

Public Observation at the Blue Bay Walk (November 21, 2015)

Blue Bay Walk November 2015 (22)

Stargazing with Astrocon participants (November 8, 2015)Miguel_Bacaoco_Nov8 2015_Bataan

Under the Stars at the UP Town Center (October 24, 2015)UPTC_Oct2015 (26)

International Observe the Moon Night 2015 (September 19, 2015)
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Stargazing at Big Handy’s Grounds (June 26, 2015)
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Bagong Pag-asa Elementary School (February 23, 2015)Stargazing Bagong Pag-asa Elementary School Feb 2015

Science Camp at Mines Elementary School (April 25, 2013)mineselemschool_april25,2013

Stargazing with PAUW-UP Child Study Center (March 8, 2013)
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Hunting the Asteroid 2012 DA14 during its Closest Approach (February 16, 2013)
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Stargazing with Nest School for Whole Child Development (February 8, 2013)
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Stargazing with my Colleagues (February 8, 2013)
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Stargazing with UP AstroSoc (February 7, 2013)
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2012 World Space Week (October 5, 2012)

MSU-Marawi Astronomy Club visits the PAGASA Observatory (September 14, 2012)

Jupiter Occultation, Perseids, and Planetary Alignment (August 12, 2012)


Venus Transit (June 6, 2012)

Partial Lunar Eclipse (June 4, 2012)

Partial Solar Eclipse (May 21, 2012)

Solar Observation (May 13, 2012)

Outreach Stargazing with ‘PLUS’ (May 11, 2012)

Lyrids Observation (April 22, 2012)

ALP Philippine Messier Marathon Open (March 24, 2012)

Mars Public Viewing (March 4, 2012)

Lakbay Langit at Pampanga High School (February 4, 2012)

Stargazing with the Ateneo League of Physicists (February 3, 2012)

PAGASA’s 45-cm Telescope (January 21, 2012)

Total Lunar Eclipse (December 10, 2011)

Caliraya Stargazing (November 26, 2011)

Sidewalk Astronomy in Luneta Park (February 27, 2011)

International Space Station Solar Transit (January 13, 2011)

Asteroid Gallia Occultation (October 1, 2010)

Related links:
Lunar Eclipse Observation featured on TV 5 (October 8, 2014)
Solar Eclipse Observation featured on GMA 7 (May 21, 2012)
Lunar Eclipse Observation featured on ABS-CBN (June 16, 2011)

To view our previous observations, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

 

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4 thoughts on “Stargazing Requests

    • In the Philippines, the rainy season usually starts at around June up to until November each year, thus, we don’t usually schedule stargazing sessions during these times (it will be very cloudy and there will be nothing to see). The local astronomical community is most active during months of clear weather, that is, from December to May each year.

      Kindly visit this page regularly for updates. Thanks!

    • We can arrange one upon request. We usually ask the requesting party to shoulder travel expenses (for gas), our meals, provide a place for our equipment, and some compensation for the time spent.

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