Netizens share their Orionids meteor shower experience

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2019   •   563

The peak of the Orionids meteor shower began on Monday midnight (October 21) until the dawn of October 22.

Several netizens patiently waited outside their homes in order to witness this phenomenon. They may be sleep-deprived and might be suffering neck pains at this moment but being able to see a meteor is all worth it.

Others slept early and set their alarm for the peak hours of the meteor shower.

There were netizens who were not able to capture the moment but was able to see a few meteors.

Unfortunately, there are some of us who aren’t so lucky and were not able to see one meteor despite going through all efforts.

The Orionids meteor shower will still be active until October 25.

If you still missed out on those meteors, November will also feature at least four meteor showers including the Leonids which is estimated to peak from November 18-19 in Manila.—AAC

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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020

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

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

Authorities arrest student who posted fake abduction on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 4, 2019

The Cebu Provincial Police has reported that they arrested 21-year-old student on Tuesday (December 3) for posting fake abductions by men in a white van on his social media.

Cebu provincial police director Colonel Roderick Mariano, on Wednesday (December 4), identified the fake news culprit as Brigs Granada Alvaro.

Mariano reported, Alvaro was arrested in their home in Sitio Taboc, Barangay Lo-oc, Danao City and was brought to the police station for investigation. He also said that the culprit has caused alarm to the public by posting fake news.

Danao City Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel Maribel Getigan said they are preparing the criminal case to be filed against Alvaro.

“We are preparing a criminal case for violation of the Revised Penal Code, particularly Alarm and Scandal in relation to (Cyber Crime Law), Section 6, Republic Act 10175,” Getigan said in a statement.

She also added that Alvaro was immediately turned over to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) for psychological examination.

“He is up for psychological assessment whether or not he is on his normal state of mind,” she said.

Getigan also said that the minor admitted to posting the falsified news.

“Alvar voluntarily offered a statement that the post was a mere false story and his intention is to give warning only to those young adults who are always roaming around the city during night time,” she said.—AAC

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