The Philippine Astronomical Society hosted a deep-sky observing marathon at the dark skies of Big Handy’s Ground located at Tanay Rizal. It was an off-the-grid camp site, literally – no signal, electricity, water supply and is away from buzzing sounds and blinding lights of the metro, a perfect get away from daily urban lifestyle. The site offeres 360 view of the skies with minimal obstruction from mountain tops and though light pollution from Manila can be seen afar in the west, faint stars that are usually invisible in the metro doesn’t shy away and glitter fantastically and steady that you’ll get lost in the sea of stars! Its such rare occasion for me that I stared in awe above and have to reorient my self to what constellation I am looking into. Faint DSO’s are resolved easily that hunting them was a breeze, only if clouds had not rolled in quick!
View from Big Handy’s Grounds
Members of the Philippine Astronomical Society
Members of the UP AstroSoc joined us also in this event
Big Handy’s Ground is located at Brgy. Cayumbay, Tanay Rizal and welcomes camping, star gazing and other stuff. For more information in the site you may send Mrs. May Serrano an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For anything about astronomy, you may attend events of the Philippine Astronomical Society which is free and open to the public. Clear Skies!
The Philippine Astronomical Society in collaboration with the National Museum Planetarium co-celebrated Global Star Party last April 28, 2012 at the Planetarium grounds and at the Rizal Park in Manila. Approximately 70 warm bodies of different ages and walks of life joined the event. Clouds were scatteredthrough the sky but nevertheless gave way to treat the visitors with a good view of the Moon, Venus, Mars and Saturn. Most of the participants were thrilled seeing these objects for the very first time.