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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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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Sidewalk Astronomy at Rizal Park on October 10, 2015

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Sidewalk Astronomy on October 10, 2015, at Rizal Park (Luneta). For inquiries, please contact the UP Astronomical Society.

In celebration of the 2015 World Space Week, the UP Astronomical Society (UP AstroSoc) will be holding a free public stargazing event called Sidewalk Astronomy at Rizal Park (Luneta) on October 10, 2015, from 3:30 – 8:30 pm. By bringing astronomy to the sidewalk, participants get a chance to see some celestial objects through various telescopes (weather permitting) and learn more about astronomy topics such as constellations, solar system, space exploration, and many others.

UP AstroSoc regularly holds outreach events geared towards broadening the awareness, interest, knowledge, and understanding of astronomy among students and the general public. For inquiries, please contact the UP Astronomical Society.

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DZUP Radio Interview on Rosetta Mission

Radio interview at DZUP during the Go Teacher Go’s September 3, 2015 episode entitled Landing on a Comet: The Rosetta Mission. Thanks to the UP Astronomical Society especially to Ms. Aya Galaroza, Ms. Trizzia Michelle Tiwaquen, and Ms. Rheanne Odessa Jimeno for serving as the program’s resource speaker. Go Teacher Go is the recipient of the 22nd KBP Golden Dove Awards Best Science and Technology Program.

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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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Astrophoto Exhibit at the Mind Museum

Earlier last month, I was invited by The Mind Museum to participate in an astrophotography exhibit featuring the works of Filipino astrophotographers and also to provide a short talk during the exhibit’s opening ceremony yesterday, October 12, 2012.

A brief talk at The Mind Museum during the opening ceremony of the astrophotography exhibit ‘A Night in a Different Light’ on October 12, 2012.

Photos by fellow astrophotographers will be auctioned and the proceeds will be used to subsidize the entrance fee of public school students and educational programs of the museum.

Related links:
A Night in a Different Light, astrophotography exhibit at the Mind Museum
Astrophotography Exhibit at the Mind Museum, featured in GMA News Network
A Night in a Different Light, a showcase of Filipino Astrophotography

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International Observe the Moon Night 2012

Do you want to see the moon like how it appears in books, with the craters and all those lunar features? Join the public observation hosted by the Philippine Astronomical Society (PAS) in collaboration with the University of  Santo Tomas (UST) College of Science on September 22, 2012, 6 to 9 pm, at the UST Grandstand, España Ave., Manila.

A public observation hosted by the Philippine Astronomical Society (PAS) in collaboration with the University of  Santo Tomas (UST) College of Science

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Observing the Moon

It’s been a while since I have dedicated a whole stargazing session just for the moon, the last time was during the last Christmas break. Due to the moon’s close proximity to us, a wealth of detail can be seen even with a small telescope, or just with a pair of binoculars. The 2012 International Observe the Moon Night event will take place on September 22, be sure to pay our closest neighbor a visit!

Moon September 4, 2012, taken with a 4-in f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR, ISO 800, 1/1250 sec exposure. Photo credit: Anthony Urbano

To join a local public-viewing event and see the moon through  telescope, click here. For more photos of the moon, click here.

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