Heads up sky gazers! Partial lunar eclipse visible in PH early Wednesday

Robie de Guzman   •   July 16, 2019   •   1212

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MANILA, Philippines – Astronomy enthusiasts in the country will get to see a partial lunar eclipse which will be visible on early Wednesday (July 17), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Based on Pagasa’s astronomical diary, the eclipse will begin at 2:42 a.m. and will end at 8:19 a.m., Philippine Standard Time (PhST).

The state weather bureau said the partial lunar eclipse will begin at 4:01 a.m. and will peak at 5:30 a.m. (PhST).

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, but the three celestial bodies do not form a straight line in space. When this happens, only a small part of the moon’s surface is covered by the Earth’s shadow.

During a partial lunar eclipse, part of the moon can get a reddish hue.

Pagasa said the astronomical event will also be seen in Australia, Asia except for the northeastern part, Africa, Europe except N. Scandinavia and most of South America.

The state weather bureau said sky observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes as lunar eclipses are safe to watch.

The agency added that sky gazers may also use a binocular to help magnify the view and will make the moon’s red coloration brighter.

Cyclone signals remain over 4 areas as severe tropical storm ‘Ineng’ nears exit

Marje Pelayo   •   August 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Four areas in the country remain under tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) as severe tropical storm Ineng (international name Bailu) nears exit.

As of 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (August 24), PAGASA monitored the center of the storm at 185 km Northwest of Basco, Batanes.

It is moving towards the West Northwest direction at 25 kph, packed with maximum sustained winds of 100 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 125 kph.

The weather agency has lifted storm signals over Northern Abra but Signal No.2 remains over Batanes while Signal No. 1 still prevails over Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao and Ilocos Norte.

Residents in areas under TWCS are still advised to take safety measures against strong winds associated with STS Ineng.

Meanwhile, occasional gusty conditions still prevail over most of Luzon and Western Visayas due to the Southwest Monsoon or habagat.

According to PAGASA, moderate to heavy rains is still affecting Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands), Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro Provinces, and northern portions of Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands).

Also, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains remains over Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, and the rest of Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.

Ineng is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Saturday afternoon.

‘Ineng’ intensifies into severe tropical storm

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm Ineng (international name Bailu) has strengthened into a severe tropical storm on Friday (August 23), according to the latest bulletin of state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 AM today. the center of STS Ineng was located at 580 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan and is moving North Northwest at 20 kph, packed with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 2 is now raised over Batanes which means winds of up to 61 kph to 120 kph are expected in the province in at least 24 hours.

Meanwhile, TWCS Signal No. 1 is still up in six areas namely Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands; Isabela; Apayao; Kalinga; northern part of Abra; and Ilocos Norte which means winds of up to 30 kph to 60 kph.

On Friday, moderate to heavy rains may be experienced in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan (including Babuyan Group of Islands)
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Apayao

Meanwhile, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains may prevail over the following:

  • Metro Manila
  • Central Luzon
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Mindoro provinces
  • northern portions of Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands)
  • The rest of Ilocos Region
  • Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Cagayan Valley

According to PAGASA, STS ‘Ineng’ is expected to maintain its strength while it remains inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) but it is unlikely to develop into a typhoon.

Likewise, the storm is less likely to make landfall in any part of the country while it is expected to exit PAR between Saturday (24 August) late evening and Sunday (25 August) early morning.

Signal #1 hoisted over 7 areas in Luzon due to TS ‘Ineng’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm ‘Ineng’ slightly intensifies while it moves toward extreme Northern Luzon, according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 10:00 AM on Thursday (August 22), tropical storm Ineng was observed at 725 km East of Casiguran, Aurora, packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km per hour.

The weather agency, meanwhile, raised tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 over six areas in Luzon where moderate to occasionally heavy rains will be experienced:

  1. Batanes
  2. Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
  3. Isabela
  4. Apayao
  5. Kalinga
  6. Northern Abra
  7. Ilocos Norte

The abovementioned areas will experience winds of 30kph to 60kph in at least 36 hours.

According to PAGASA, moderate to occasionally heavy rains will affect Bicol Region, Northern Samar, and Quezon Province throughout the day.

The Southwest Monsoon, (habagat), meanwhile, will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains in areas of Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro Provinces, northern Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands), Antique and Aklan.

The weather agency announced also sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao due to potentially rough sea conditions.

PAGASA said tropical storm Ineng is still less likely to make landfall in any part of the country but it is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon thus rainy weekend can be expected in Luzon.

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