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During the moons crescent phase, you can see a pale glow on the unlit part of the moon which is actually the light reflected by the Earth hence the term. So go out and have and take a peak of this treat tonight! No telescope required.        
 Photo details:

ISO 400 at 1 sec exposure 

Canon 700D and Skywatcher ed80 

edited using PS express. 




Crescent Moon

Mare Crisuim

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Mare Crisium is a flat basin that can be easily seen on the Moon’s Edge. Within the mare are craters Piccard (left) and Pierre (right) . Image taken a day after the full moon using Philippine Astronomical Society‘s Celestron nexstar 8se and Philips Toucam. Processed using Registax v5.


Moon 10/31/2012

Two Days after Hunter’s Moon

Taken using  Meade ETX125 and Agfa Optima 147 

Crater Endymion  (center)

Taken using Meade ETX 125 and Philips Toucam

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.

Lunar Eclipses of 2011

I feel lucky to witness the two lunar eclipses that happened this year. The first happened last June 16, which also coincides with the centennial celebration of Lasallian Prescence in the Philippines.   We observed the eclipse at the Manila Observatory with some friends and colleagues from the Philippine Astronomical Society.  No clouds nor rain spoiled the night so we all feast at the Moon uninterruptedly.It ended around 4:30am after that I have to go to school though I’m very sleepy, but It was a great experience

(Got featured on a morning news! :D)                         ( Eclipse sequence )

The second one happend last November 10. It has been a rainy week before the eclipse, everyone in the local astronomy communinty hopes that it would stop before or atleast in the onset of the eclipse. We were almost hopeless when the moon started to show up, playing hide and seek behind clouds. We had a good view of the moon until a huge mass of clouds covered the moon minutes before its totality! Talk about great timing! But the was not all stingy so after a few minutes, the moon gave again its red shine smile.

My New Observing Buddy

My son has no intention of sleeping early last night, with nothing to do around, I thought of offering him a bit of astronomy. I went to set up my meade etx125 on the balcony and waited for the moon to show up since it was a bit cloudy that night. I do not know if he enjoyed much of it (except playing with the telescope) but at least he could tell where the Moon is.

I will never ask my kids to take astronomy, they could be whatever they want, but I will open opportunities to them to love the science as much as I do.

The Moon, The Bald and The Ugly.

(DISCLAIMER: Thoughts pointed out by the author does not neccesarily reflect the views of its employer)

Its been a while since I took a good look at the moon, while resting and enjoying the lunacy inducing object, something spherical slipped into my head. I started pondering why is that schools doesn’t allow a semi bald (shaved) head? It is something my belief-system couldn’t logically accept but I implement as part of my duty and the irony is, I do wear the same haircut.

Being bald, most of the time associated with evil. As depicted in movies, comics and etc., most of the villain and anti hero are bald. And according to top 100 villain of all time of AFI, Dr. Lecter which is a balding cannibal psychiatrist (Silence of the Lamb) gains the top spot and a quick google on top comic villain includes Ming the Merciless and Lex Luthor were present on the list. Who would of course forget recent movie villain like Voldemort, ooops! He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Nizam of Prince of Persia and the list goes on.

Locally, anyone within my generation knows “Anak ni Baby Ama” as portrayed by Robin Padilla which is undeniably an icon of anti-heroes. So wearing a bald head can give you a nick name “Baby Ama! Baby Ama!”. Talk about stereotypes eh?! Ever hear of the street saying “Kalbo masamang tao” (bald people are bad)? Guess what, top ten evil men wears a decent hair cut! HA!

So what else is in store for us shaved headed (or bald, intended or naturally) people?

In reality, being bald has its advantages over those suave so full of hair heads, and here are some it:

1. ECONOMY. Imagine how much shampoo will you save? You are free from using hair gels, polishers and wax which prices are not safe from fluctuations on the global stock market!

2. IT KEEPS YOU FROM GETTING LATE. While the rest of the students are sculpting their heads, you could just quickly put your uniform after taking a bath a viola! Your good to go and avoid the rush!

3. GIVES YOU MORE FOCUS ON STUDIES. While others are busy checking hair styles re-combing and reapplying wax, you could just sit back, relax, read more, and listen well to lectures since you won’t be so conscious if your hair is still neat and in place. You’ll be in honors list in no time! 😀

I do not have against so called “proper” haircuts or anything nor want to argue bout school policies, it’s just that we could focus more on things beyond the superficial hair styles but focus whats inside which would really show the true decency in them.

My two cents.

For the mean while, I’ll have to enjoy gazing at the moon!

It was Gassendi.

I tried imaging the moon the night before the opening of classes. I was just randomly scanning through its surface details and then with no particular reason, this crater caught my attention. Not knowing what that lunar feature was, I tried comparing the picture to a program called Virtual Moon Atlas,

Alas! It was Gassendi.

A 110 km crater named after a French priest, philosopher, mathematician and of course, an astronomer