Total Lunar Eclipse observation featured at Aksyon TV 5

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Total Lunar Eclipse observation with the UP Astronomical Society featured at AKSYON TV Channel 5, aired October 8, 2014

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Supermoon May 6, 2012

Image of the May 6, 2012 Supermoon taken with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a DSLR camera at ISO 400, 1/395 second exposure. Click on the photo for a full-resolution image. Photo credit: Anthony Urbano

Supermoon is a term that describes a full moon occurring at a time when the moon is at its closest distance from Earth. The full moon of May 6, 2012 is the largest full moon of the year. Image taken with a 4 inch f/9 refractor and a DSLR camera at ISO 400, 1/395 second exposure. Photo credit: Anthony Urbano

Super Moon on May 5 to 6, 2011

Shown above is an image of last year’s Supermoon taken through afocal method with a 6-in reflector and a mobile phone camera. Photo Credit: Cristina Flores

This month’s full moon is the largest full moon of the year! :)

What Time to Observe

There is much confusion on the Internet as to what time this “Super Moon” thing would occur. According to a lunar calculator from the NASA website, the “Full Moon” should occur on May 6, 3:36 am Universal Time, this Sunday. In local time (Philippines), there would be an additional 8 hours due to the differences in time zones, thus, in the Philippines, the precise moment will occur at “2012 May 6 3:36 UT” + “8 hours” = 11:36 am May 6 (near noontime). Unfortunately, 11:30 am is a daytime here in the Philippines, thus, the moon will not be visible. To be able to observe it, either you observe tonight, just a few hours before sunrise, or later tomorrow, a few hours right after sunset.

To calculate for your local time, just add or subtract the correct time difference. In the given example, I used +8. Just substitute it and do the math :) Hope it answers some of the confusion.

Thin Crescent Moon

Sky-Watcher 100 ED on Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR prime focus at f/9, ISO 1600, 1-sec exposure, 23-Dec-2011, Basud, Camarines Norte © Anthony Urbano

The image shows a 4% illuminated crescent moon captured when the moon was only about 10 degrees above the eastern horizon. Longer exposures to reveal the earthshine was not possible due to poor sky conditions.

Total Lunar Eclipse (December 10, 2011)

The image shows a fully-eclipsed moon during totality. Note that only during a total lunar eclipse that the very faint stars surrounding the full moon become visible. Image taken from the Seven Suites Hotel Observatory, Philippines, using a 4-inch refracting telescope and a DSLR at ISO 1600, 2-second exposure. This photo got featured in Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day (AAPOD).

Total Lunar Eclipse December 10, 2011. © Anthony Urbano

My observation setup is consisted of a Sky-Watcher 100 mm f/9 ED mounted on a Kenko NES mount, prime focus at 900 mm with a Canon 450 DSLR. The image below is a close-up high resolution image of the moon.

Hi-resolution image of the moon © Anthony Urbano

Also on a piggy-back setup is a Canon S3 IS for wide-field shots of the eclipse. The image below shows the sky condition in Antipolo during eclipse maximum. Pleiades and Taurus are clearly visible in this photo. ISO 800, 15-sec exposure

Eclipsed moon in the constellation Taurus
The observation party at the Seven Suites Hotel Observatory in Antipolo with the hotel’s 12-inch telescope, currently the 4th largest in the country

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Related links:
Lunar Eclipse Observation featured on TV 5 (October 8, 2014)
Solar Eclipse Photo featured on PTV 4 (January 24, 2013)
Lunar Eclipse Photo featured on PTV 4 (January 23, 2013)
Solar Eclipse Observation featured on GMA 7 (May 21, 2012)
Lunar Eclipse Observation featured on ABS-CBN (June 16, 2011)

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Eclipse Observation featured on ABS-CBN

Total Lunar Eclipse observation setup featured at TV Patrol, aired June 16, 2011
Total Lunar Eclipse observation setup featured at TV Patrol, aired June 16, 2011

Related links:
Lunar Eclipse Observation featured on TV 5 (October 8, 2014)
Solar Eclipse Photo featured on PTV 4 (January 24, 2013)
Lunar Eclipse Photo featured on PTV 4 (January 23, 2013)
Solar Eclipse Observation featured on GMA 7 (May 21, 2012)
Lunar Eclipse Observation featured on ABS-CBN (June 16, 2011)

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)