Wandering through the realms of the cosmos, pondering its huge vastness

Observing the December 21, 2010 Lunar Eclipse from Marikina City

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I and my fellow UP AstroSoc members, Aaron Misayah and Bea Banzuela observed the Partial Lunar Eclipse at Moonrise last Dec. 21, 2010 from the roof deck of Bea’s house in Marikina City.

During this observation, I took pictures using my portable Galileoscope and Kodak C813 8.0 megapixel digicam while Bea used her Canon 400D DSLR camera .

The sky was about 70-80% cloudy when we set up and the northeastern horizon was blocked with haze and big clouds. At first, we thought that we may never witness this event because the whole phase visible in the Philippines will occur at a very low altitude (below 5 deg.) and one must have a very clear eastern horizon to see the rising eclipsed moon.

At 5:44 PM, all of us become ecstatic as we turned our gaze to a bright yellowish light (which we soon recognized as the eclipsed right limb of the Moon) emerging from behind the clouds above the mountains. We were so amazed by this spectacular view that we almost forgot to take pictures of it.😀

Some of the images we took are compiled in a slideshow above. All time indicated were in PST (UT + 8). Meanwhile, here is a multiple exposure sequence photograph (a sequence of 5 images aligned and stacked in Photoshop) and a time-lapse video (with indigenous background music) of the Partial Lunar Eclipse visible in the Philippines both created by Bea Banzuela.





This ‘celestial  experience‘ was indeed an early Christmas gift from above🙂

4 responses

  1. Michael

    Great post, and I liked the video with the Philippine indigenous music. I hadn’t heard any before!

    January 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    • Glad you like it. Thank you for spending some time to check my blogposts.🙂 Hope you had a wonderful holiday vacation.

      Doing night sky observations must have been more challenging there because of the extreme cold weather so please take care!

      Clear skies!


      January 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

  2. popazrael

    great lunar eclipse coverage!

    December 26, 2010 at 9:01 pm

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