ALP Philippine Messier Marathon Open 2012

The Philippine Messier Marathon Open is an annual star party conducted under the dark clear skies of Caliraya, Laguna, where astronomy-enthusiasts in the country gather to observe and meet fellow enthusiasts. This event hosted by the Astronomical League of the Philippines is by far the largest star party and astro-gathering in the Philippines.

The highlight of the event is the Messier Marathon where astro-enthusiasts attempt to observe and identify all the 110 m-objects in just one night. This image was taken earlier today, March 25, 2012, at sunrise. For more info, click here.
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Jupiter and Venus Conjunction March 15, 2012

Thick clouds could not stop Jupiter and Venus from putting up an impressive conjunction earlier today. Image taken at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory in Quezon City, Philippines. For more images of conjunctions, click here.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

 

Venus and Jupiter line up tonight, visible with the naked-eye

Jupiter (upper left) and Venus (lower right) will line up on March 15, 2012, an event astronomers call planetary conjunction. Photo credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of conjunctions, click here.

When two planets line up in the sky, astronomers call it planetary conjunction, one of which will occur on March 15, 2012 for planets Jupiter and Venus. You do not need any equipment to get a glimpse of this planetary alignment, just the naked eye. At around 6 pm tonight and in the succeeding days, Jupiter and Venus will be seen as two bright lights in the sky, prominently visible in the western horizon right after sunset.

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Iridium 40 Satellite Flare March 11, 2012

Iridium 40 Satellite Flare on March 11, 2012 as observed in Manila, Philippines. Maximum brightness occurred at 7:34:26 pm. Image taken with a Canon 450D DSLR, 50 mm set at f/5, ISO 100, 30 sec exposure. Photo credit: Anthony Urbano

Satellite flares are caused by the reflective surfaces on satellites like antennas and solar panels acting as a giant mirrors in space, reflecting sunlight directly towards the Earth,  seen from the ground as a bright “flare” that could last for a few seconds. More Iridium flare images here.

Hello Mars Public-Viewing Event

Hello Mars Public Viewing Observation with the Astronomical League of the Philippines at Rajah Sulayman, Manila, March 4, 2012. Photo taken by one of our guests Mike Ajero (http://mikeajero.blogspot.com/)

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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Jupiter, Moon, and Venus Planetary Grouping February 26, 2012

Jupiter (top)-Moon(center)-Venus (lower left) alignment February 26, 2012, facing west at sunset, Tagaytay, Philippines. Image taken with a Canon PowerShot S3IS.

Related images: Planetary Grouping

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