Hunting 2012 DA14 during its Closest Approach

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Hunting the asteroid 2012 DA14 during its closest approach on February 16, 2013 at the Manila Observatory, with fellow members of the Philippine Astronomical Society (PAS), Edward Von Delelis and Kashogi Astapan, along with observers from the Ateneo de Manila University. We were able to observe the magnitude 7 asteroid as it zooms past Earth both visually and photographically using a 4-inch f/9 refractor and a 40 mm eyepiece. Tracking was done manually using an 8×50 finderscope and the slow-motion controls of a Kenko NES mount. For previous observations, click here.

Related link: Asteroid 2012DA14 Captured from Quezon City

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Venus February 3, 2012

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Image of Venus taken on February 3, 2012 at the Manila Observatory, using a 4-in f/9 refractor and a Logitech 4000 web camera at prime focus. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of Venus, click here.

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Stargazing with the Ateneo League of Physicists

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Stargazing with the Ateneo League of Physicists (LEAPs)

As part of their annual Physics Week, the Ateneo League of Physicists (LEAPs) 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. Read more.