Say ‘Cheese!’: Japanese astronaut snaps photo of the Philippines from space

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 7, 2021   •   1205

A Japanese astronaut snapped a photo of the Philippine islands from space.

Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) took the photo on Wednesday (April 7) while aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and posted it on his Twitter account.

Soichi Noguchi of JAXA is an Expedition 64 Flight Engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

According to NASA, some of the investigations of Expedition 64 crew members include growing radishes to better understand plant growth and nutrition in microgravity; conducting cancer therapy research; studying how mining with microbes can be used on asteroids; and continuing research into the effects of microgravity on the heart. 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.

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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

NASA presents panorama of southern sky

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has presented a panorama of the southern sky through the observations of its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

The panorama was completed last July 2019 and is divided into 13 sectors, each of them imaged by a month by spacecraft’s four cameras.

“TESS has imaged a comet in our solar system, followed the progress of numerous stellar explosions called supernovae, and even caught the flare from a star ripped apart by a supermassive black hole,” according to NASA.

NASA’s TESS is on its way north in order to begin a year-long study of the northern sky.—AAC

PhilSA to work on security, climate studies and space research

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

The newly-created Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) will work on the key development areas of the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy which include climate studies and space research.

On Tuesday (October 22), the Philippine Navy conducted the third leg of the Philippine Navy Governance Forum (PNGF) Series 2019 in Manila which discussed “Space Technology and its Significance to National Security and Development.”

Program leader of the National Space Development Program, Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, identified the six (6) key development areas, namely: national security and development, hazard management and climate studies, space research and development, space industry capacity building, space education and awareness, and international cooperation.

Commodore Nichols A. Driz, Commander of the Naval Installation Command, said it is time for the Philippine Navy role of space study in the future naval systems.

“Space technology is a new opportunity not only for the Navy, but also for the other branches of service and the entire country itself,” he said.—AAC

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