I have always wondered how big Mayon volcano would be when framed against the night sky, as viewed from an easily accessible location such as Legazpi City. The photo below shows the apparent altitude (or its height measured in degrees) of Mayon, with the Big Dipper asterism framed in the background to provide a sense of scale.
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As viewed from the Philippines, Polaris, the North Star, lies 15 degrees above the northern horizon. To find Polaris, look first for the asterism The Big Dipper (which should be visible in the northeastern horizon at around 1-2 a.m. this month) then use the stars Merak and Dubhe to point directly to Polaris, as shown in the photo. This composite of 2 images was taken last January 31, 2012 at 2 a.m. in UP Diliman using a point-and-shoot camera on a tripod.
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