The UPLB Astronomical Society will be holding a public observation on the night of August 13, 2012 at the Freedom Park, UPLB to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. Feel free to join us. Please contact Ken (09065755454) for more information. See you!
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One June 6, 2012, we will once again witness the rare Transit of Venus. This transit would be the last one in our lifetime. It is a phenomenon wherein the planet passes directly between the Earth and the Sun. Venus would appear as black dot moving across the face of the sun. For more information on the event, click here.
In the morning of May 21, 2012, a partial solar eclipse would be visible in the Philippines. It is however unfortunate that the "First Contact" would occur before sunrise. Nevertheless, this would be an exciting phenomenon and if the weather permits, this would be a good opportunity for solar imaging and solar observation. Below is a simulation of the entire eclipse in 15-minute intervals:
MAY 21, 2012 Partial Solar Eclipse For more information on the upcoming Partial Solar Eclipse of May 21, 2012, click here. For a comprehensive schedule of the Partial Solar Eclipse, download it here.
In preparation for the upcoming Annular Solar Eclipse (May 21, 2012) and the Venus Transit (June 6, 2012) some members of UPLB Astrosoc went to PAG-ASA Observatory at UP Diliman for a solar imaging session. The imaging session was facilitated by Mr. Anthony Urbano, an alumnus of UP Astrosoc. He discussed several techniques including the projection method and the pinhole method for observing the said events. He also gave tips on how to observe and take photos of the Sun safely. Fortunately, he brought a telescope with a solar filter and so we got a chance to take photos of the Sun. He also brought substitute materials to come up with an improvised "solar glasses". A #14 welding glass can be used and it is readily available at a hardware store near you. For imaging purposes, a #10 welding glass can be used instead.
Below are some photos taken by Mr. Urbano himself.