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

Venus Transit Observation in the Philippines

Viewing the Sun’s mole: People across the globe witnessed a very rare spectacular event that won’t be repeated until 2117.

I observed the whole duration of the  final  Transit of Venus of our lifetime at the College of Science Amphitheater in UP Diliman in a public viewing event  called ‘Rekindling Venus’ organized by members of various school-based astronomy organizations in the Philippines a last June 6, 2012.

There were lectures, talks, astro-images exhibit, free planetarium shows and telescope viewing, and more during the event, which have been attended by a lot of astronomy-enthusiasts coming from different places.

The sky was about 40-50% cloudy that day but it didn’t rain despite the weather forecast.

Observers set up their telescopes and pointed at the sun to view the transit.

Me and my own simple set up featuring my trusty Galileoscope equipped with a Baader 5.0 ND solar filter.

A lecture by Dr. Perry Esguerra of the National Institute of Physics explaining the phenomenon.

All smiles: Members of the UP Astrosoc, UPLB Astrosoc, and RTU Astrosoc posed for a group photo after the event . Image credit: Norman Marigza

Local newsgroups were present during the event and I was unfortunately spotted for a short interview. Haha!

This event was surely a memorable one.

Kudos to all the organizers and thank you to everyone who joined us in this event!


3 responses

  1. nice pic! was it visible the whole time or were there moments where it was obscured by clouds?

    June 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    • Hi Bluecheese,

      The sky yesterday over Quezon City was partly cloudy so there were several times that the sun was covered by clouds. We did even miss the 3rd and 4th contact of the transit because of it! I will post about our observation soon.


      June 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      • I was planning to go to UP (was it really open to everyone?) but the threat of clouds got the better of me, so I just tuned in to one of the TOV webcasts. It was must ostly cloudy where I was so I was surprised you were able to get some pictures. It was just cloudier in our little corner, i suppose.

        June 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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