From the classroom, to the Universe

Archive for February, 2012

Feeding Mosquitoes

Yep, figuratively and literally those little insects feast on both of my chicken pox infested legs last night while I was trying to image Mars. I hope they did suck out the varicella virus as well.

I hope to get well soon, I am certainly missing a lot already.     T_T


Clouds, Planets and DIY Spectrometer

We had an overnight stargazing activity at school. Thanks to <insert sarc mark here> the LPA, clouds quickly hid the view of Jupiter, good thing we savored a few minutes observing Venus.   As minutes of hopelessly waiting for skies to move bit, the rain started to pour. We have  to move down stairs and stay for there rest of the night, good thing is that we’re a bit prepared so we just did the DIY Spectrometer. It’s something made from a cd, box and razor blades and works by diffraction grating.

It was around 4am when the skies got a bit clear and we had the chance to enjoy the sights of Saturn in its majestic ring, Mars with polar caps and the crescent Moon.


Aperture Kills

I was able to get my hands on a 12 inch dobs of a Manila Cathedral School for their  star gazing activity.  Such a big telescope gives well detail on objects. I tried it and imaged Mars and Saturn using my webcam, but oh boy it was neck breaking  just to target the planets on the screen! But the pain is paid of the pleasure of the images produced from the 4 second clip I managed to capture.

The northern polar cap is now prominent

                                                    Mars in higher gain setting

More detail present in this image, Cassini division, bands etc.