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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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Deep-Sky Observing Marathon

The Philippine Astronomical Society will be hosting a Deep-Sky Observing Marathon on March 9-10, 2013, at Big Handy’s Grounds in Tanay, Rizal. Interested participants may kindly confirm their attendance with PAS Observation Chairperson Von Delelis (Contact: 09228320401). The Philippine Astronomical Society holds an annual stargazing session to take advantage of cloudless summer nights during months of March and April each year.

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Last year’s stargazing session hosted by the Philippine Astronomical Society. Photo Credit: Margie Parinas

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Philippine Messier Marathon 2013

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. The highlight of the event is the messier marathon — astro-enthusiasts attempt to observe and identify all the 110 m-objects in just one night. This year, the first wave of the event (there will be a series of stargazing events) will be on March 9, 2013, at Eco Saddle Resort in Caliraya, Laguna. Interested parties are encouraged to confirm their attendance in the Philippine Messier Marathon 2013‘s event page.

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For inquiries, contact Peter Tubalinal, the Philippine Messier Marathon 2013 Chair/Organizer at 09479785001. Photo Credit: Peter Tubalinal

This event hosted by the Astronomical League of the Philippines is by far the largest star party and astro-gathering in the Philippines.

Related link: Philippine Messier Marathon 2012

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Venus Transit of 2012 (June 6, 2012)

The Venus Transit of 2012 is considered as the rarest predictable astronomical event. It is so rare that one person can only observe it for a maximum of 2 times in his or her lifetime. It occurs when the Sun, the planet Venus, and the Earth are in perfect alignment with each other. As viewed from the Earth, Venus appears as a black dot moving across the disc of the Sun.

Shown below is a brief summary of my observation as part of the Rekindling Venus public viewing and observation held in UP Diliman. The next Venus transit will occur on December 2117.

Organizers of the event pose for a group shot. Photo Credit: Angelie Alagao
Transit-in-progress approaching the final stages of the transit 11:28 am Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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Partial Lunar Eclipse (June 4, 2012)

Sky-Watcher 4 in f/9 refractor, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 1/125 sec exposure at ISO 400. CS Amphitheater, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, June 4, 2012, 7:15 pm local time. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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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Partial Eclipse of the Moon Tonight (June 4, 2012)

Partial eclipse of the moon tonight, June 4, 2012, 6 pm to 8 pm (eclipse maximum at 7 pm). Still hoping for clear skies… Visible anywhere in the Philippines, just wait for the already-eclipsed moon rising in the east :)
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)

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

Lyrids Observation with the Philippine Astronomical Society

A bit hazy in Montalban, Rizal but the Milky Way still pierces through. I only saw 7 meteors  in a span of 4 hours… Not a very spectacular Lyrids this year, but the dark sky and the fairly steady seeing (I saw Saturn’s bands for the first time through my telescope!) was more than what I have expected. Read more.

Lyrids observation and stargazing session in Montalban, Rizal with the members of the Philippine Astronomical Society on April 22, 2012. More than 50 astro-enthusiasts attended the observation (Photo Credit: Margie Parinas)