As part of their annual Physics Week, the Ateneo League of Physicists hosted a stargazing activity facilitated by the Philippine Astronomical Society (PAS). Participants attended a lecture by Engr. Camilo Dacanay, and were treated with telescopic views of the moon, the planets Venus, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn, and some star-hopping with the constellations facilitated by Engr. Ronald Tanco, and Anthony Urbano.

Participants were treated with telescopic views of the moon, the planets Venus, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn

A short astrophotography session was also conducted later in the night where participants were given the chance to take some souvenir photos of the moon, the planet Saturn, and the Orion Nebula using their own cameras (and even cell phones) mounted on to the telescopes.

Photographing the moon and the Orion Nebula using a telescope

Moon image taken by a participant using a Canon 500D mounted directly to a telescope. Photo Credit: Moses Elijah Coriage

Image of M42 or the Orion Nebula, taken using the same DSLR-to-telescope setup. Photo Credit: Moses Elijah Coriage

There were also 5 meteors observed coming from the constellation Leo, 2 of which are fireballs. Such a fun experience to stargaze with LEAPs!

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Stargazing with the Ateneo League of Physicists (LEAPs)

Astronomical observations are geared towards sharing astronomy with the general public. It is free and is open to everyone! Take a look at our previous observations. You may join scheduled observations, or you may even request one for your school! Send me a note at nightskyinfocus<at>gmail<dot>com.

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