MSA celebrates 2017 InOMN

For inquiries, please contact the Manila Street Astronomers. Photo Credit: MSA (Published with permission.)

Manila Street Astronomers will be holding a free telescope viewing on October 28, 2017 (Saturday) at SM North EDSA in Quezon City and at the Alabang Town Center in Alabang. Feel free to bring your kids and family as we celebrate the 2017 International Observe the Moon Night.

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Public Observation at the Blue Bay Walk

Here are some photos of last night’s free public observation conducted by the Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) at the Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City on November 21, 2015, 7-11 pm.

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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.

Daytime Moon (Surprise Moon)

While the moon is naturally visible at daytime for approximately 10 days in each lunar cycle, most of us are not accustomed to the idea of seeing the moon during the day. Seeing it for the first time always brings a surprise to the unwary observer, thus, this phenomenon is also called by astronomers as the “surprise moon.” Image taken with a mobile phone camera on April 4, 2012 at around 3 pm looking east. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of the moon, click here.

Full Moon March 8, 2012

March 8, 2012 full moon taken with a 4-in f/9 refractor and a Canon 450D DSLR, ISO 800, 1/2500 sec exposure. Photo credit: Anthony Urbano

The moon presents a wealth of details visible even with the modest of equipment. The features visible in this photo typically represents the details that may be resolved even with small-aperture telescopes.  More lunar images here.

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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