Free stargazing and more from Feb. 16-22 during National Astronomy Week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020   •   548

In celebration of the 27th National Astronomy Week, the Department of Science and Technology and PAGASA are offering free activities for the public to enjoy.

  1. Free Planetarium shows
  2. Free stargazing and telescoping sessions at the PAGASA Obersvatory
  3. Seminar/Workshop on Astronomy for public science teachers in Cordillera Administrative Division in Baguio City on February 20
  4. Free Mobile Planetarium shows in Baguio City on February 20-21
  5. Star Party Contest for High School level (first come, first serve basis) in Baguio City on February 21-22
  6. Free hand-outs in Astronomy to visiting schools during the event

The free planetarium shows and telescoping sessions will be held at the PAGASA Planetarium and PAGASA Obervatory in Diliman, Quezon City. It will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

Interested parties may contact (02) 8284-0800 loc. 106 for inquiries and reservation purposes.—AAC

LOOK: NASA shares image of supermoon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 11, 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a photo of the recent supermoon on March 9.

The image showed the supermoon behind the United States (US) Capitol, in Washington, DC.  The supermoon occurs when the Moon’s orbit is closet (perigee) to Earth.

According to NASA, the 2020 supermoon is also called the following: Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Sugar Moon or the Worm Moon.—AAC

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Several parts of PH to witness annular solar eclipse on Dec. 26

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 12, 2019

The annular solar eclipse as seen from Hongdao of Qingdao, eastern China’s Shandong province, 15 January 2010. EPA-EFE/WU HONG

Several parts of the Philippines will be able to witness the annular solar eclipse on December 26, according to PAGASA.

“An annular eclipse happens when the moon is farthest from Earth. Because the moon is farther away from Earth, it seems smaller and does not block the entire view of the sun thus creating a ‘ring of fire’ effect,” according to PAGASA.

The annular eclipse will be observed in the southernmost part of Davao Occidental.

According to PAGASA, the best site of observation is in Balut and Batulaki, Sarangani Island, Davao Occidental while other parts of the country will observe it as partial solar eclipse.

The earliest start of the eclipse will begin at 12:32 p.m. in Manila while it will begin at 12:43 p.m. in Balut Island. —AAC

Don’t forget to catch the Leonid meteor shower this weekend

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 15, 2019

If you missed the Orionids meteor shower last October, or you were not able to catch one meteor during your “star gazing”, then worry not. The Leonid meteor shower will peak this weekend, November 16-17.

READ: Netizens share their Orionids meteor shower experience

Since it’s the weekend, hopefully, you won’t have to worry about your classmates or colleagues seeing your eyebags.

The Leonid meteor shower is active from November 6-30 and will peak in the late hours of November 17 until dawn, according to PAGASA.

A zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of about 15 meteors might occur during the peak hours of the meteor shower.

Unfortunately, PAGASA said the waning gibbous Moon will interfere with the observations of fainter meteors.

“The Leonids Meteor Shower is created by bits of debris left behind by the repeat passages through the inner solar system of comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle,” according to PAGASA.

Where’s the best place to view meteor showers?

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It is always best to view the night sky in high places like in the mountains or rooftops. Less light pollution is also better because too much city or street lights can overpower the light in the night sky.—AAC

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