Manila Street Astronomers

Since 2013, Manila Street Astronomers (MSA) has been conducting free public viewing sessions in various locations in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The group consists of amateur and professional astronomers, as well as astronomy and science enthusiasts with the goal of promoting astronomy to the general public by providing free access to telescopes.

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For more information about the Manila Street Astronomers’s free public observations, click here. If you are interested to be part of this outreach astronomy group, kindly send an email to eteny@nightskyinfocus.com.

Most of MSA’s observations highlight targets such as the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and the constellations. If you are interested to see these objects through a telescope, particularly, the moon and the planets, feel free to join the Manila Street Astronomers in their upcoming observations this May:

May 13, 2016, 7-10 pm, SM Dasmariñas, Cavite
May 14, 2016, 7-10 pm, UP Town Center, Katipunan Road, Diliman, QC
May 15, 2016, 7-10 pm, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa
May 20, 2016, 7-10 pm, SM Dasmariñas, Cavite
May 21, 2016, 7-10 pm, UP Town Center, Katipunan Road, Diliman, QC
May 22, 2016, 7-10 pm, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa

For previous observations, click here.

© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines

International Observe the Moon Night 2015

On the night of September 19, 2015, astronomy enthusiasts will be celebrating an annual event called International Observe the Moon Night. See the moon through a telescope! Below are some of the scheduled free public observations organized by various groups.

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Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP), SM by the Bay, Pasay, September 19, 2015, 7-10 pm (Mall of Asia)
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Manila Street Astronomers, SM Southmall, Las Piñas, September 19, 2015, 7-9 pm

(Updated September 14, 2015)

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

Rekindling Venus (Venus Transit)

Do you have plans already for the Venus transit? Join us in a public-viewing event at the College of Science Amphitheater, University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Reposted from the event page:

What: Rekindling Venus (Venus Transit)
When: June 6, 2012
Where: College of Science Amphitheater, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

A collaboration of RTU Astrosoc, UP Astrosoc, and UPLB Astrosoc in partnership with the AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY, MANILA and DOST-PAGASA.

Transit begins at around 6 am.
Program starts at 7.30 am.

What to expect: exhibits, astronomy booths, lectures, telescope viewing, mobile planetarium (limited passes).

This event is FREE and is open to everyone. Don’t you dare miss this once in a lifetime event (next transit is on year 2117).

Be part of history!

*We would like to thank D’greatrovers for their mobile planetarium services.

Clear skies to all! Feel free to drop by and experience the rarest predictable astronomical event which occurs only 4 times every 234 years (no man alive has observed it more than twice!)!

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)

Lyrid Meteor Shower on Saturday (April 21, 2012)!

If you have not seen a falling star in your life, then you should join the Lyrids Public Observation of the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society :) Expect to see around 15 meteors per hour; that’s 1 meteor every 4 minutes, quite decent in terms of meteor shower standards. This event is FREE of charge and open to everyone.

This Public Observation is FREE of charge and open to everyone. For inquiries, feel free to leave a comment below.

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.

To keep you posted on upcoming events, click here .

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

PAGASA’s 45-cm Telescope

That’s me beside the PAGASA’s 45-cm telescope, taken during the Member’s Lecture of the UP Astronomical Society

PAGASA’s 45-cm telescope, the Philippines’ largest. Equipped with superior optics and Goto capabilities, this scope is by far, the largest, most powerful, and most sophisticated astro equipment I have seen and used. Special thanks to Nico Mendoza for this wonderful opportunity!