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

The Author

My Astronomy Background…

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. ”

~Plato, The Republic

Staring at the beauty of the night sky is my most engrossing and most cherished hobby :D I am always proud to say that I consider Astronomy as my lifetime hobby.

Since childhood, I was already fascinated with the wonders of the heavens. I love stargazing, identifying stars and constellations and memorizing the moons of the other planets. I am also fond of reading astronomy books – especially those with lots of photos of galaxies, star clusters and other deep sky objects.

My excitement for astronomy also made me interested in its related fields like cosmology and the study of dark matter, black holes, time and space, as well as in observing atmospheric phenomena like solar halos, lunar coronas, and more.

Reading books and magazines made me extremely curious about the astronomical objects that exist universe. Where did they come from? How did they form? What was their purpose? How large are they? Just there I started to build this huge passion for astronomy.

Well since then, I have come a long way as an amateur astronomer. I have been involved in many astronomical activities and have learned a lot.

I am member since 2006 of the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society (UP AstroSoc), an astronomical organization in the Philippines that aims to promotes astronomy to everyone especially to students by holding public observations, exhibits, lectures, etc. I served as the Executive Secretary of the organization from 2008-2009 and became the editor-in-chief of its official publication, The Sidereal Times.

More recently I have been involved in international collaborations  such as the Global Astronomy Month (GAM). Global Astronomy Month, by the way, is an international  project of the Astronomers Without Borders that builds on the achievements of The International Year of Astronomy 2009 by combining a wide array of  astronomy activities during the month of April. It aim to raise awareness and encourage participation of amateur astronomers in global programs. Being part of the GAM 2011 Working Group – 23 people from 14 countries – organizing and managing all aspects of GAM,  my task was to be in charge of the GAM Blog.

Download the GAM2011 Final Report

One of the best things I enjoy as an amateur astronomer is taking photos of celestial bodies, particularly the Moon, and showing the beauty of the night sky through such images. Astrophotography has found a special place in my heart. There is nothing more rewarding to me than a good observing or astrophotograpy session after a long stressful day. Weather allowing of course.

Some of my best astro photos have been featured on different astronomy-related websites such as AAPOD, EPOD, and Universe Today.

To sit outside beneath a canopy of dark sky and gaze into the depth of infinity, to me, captures the essence of the vastness of our universe. What a glorious feeling it is to know that we are a part of the universe. We are all intertwined, linked from the beginning and on into the future.🙂

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To connect with me, you may follow me via my Twitter account or add me up on Facebook.

Clear skies!

24 responses

  1. pegasus888

    Its been weeks now since i’ve started browsing on different astro clubs but they all seem to stay away from starters like me ^_^ I have always loved the skies but have no time for it because of work and the first scope that I bought was not that good taking away my fire for the stars. Well maybe there are some forces out there that is pushing me to bring back my love for the skies i just bought a 2nd hand astro equipment from a friend going back to the states. I hope this time its a GO ^_^

    October 12, 2014 at 4:15 am

  2. pegasus888

    Hi raven are you still active?

    October 12, 2014 at 4:08 am

  3. Angelo

    Do you know a place or how to get to a place that’s really dark and away from city lights? Best condition for stargazing right? I just want to watch the night sky full of stars. I’m from makati by the way so somewhere near will be great. Thanks ;D

    February 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  4. Percy

    Hi, I just want to ask how I will be able to join activities related to astronomy. I’ve been searching for such projects for the last few years. I already read a lot of books and articles about astronomy and I do support NASA projects. I love astronomy so much so I would really be grateful if you could tell me how I could be involved in those projects. Thank you.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    • Hi Percy. May I know where you are from? Aside from international collaborations, there were also local astronomy groups who hold astronomy-related activities like star parties and public viewings. It’s a great idea to join these groups to get more acquainted with astronomy. What type of projects or activities you want to participate in?

      Cheers.

      November 17, 2012 at 2:09 am

      • Percy

        I’m from Quezon City and I’m interested with those astronomy groups who organize public viewings and a little bit of lecture. I am not just sure of what group to join in with a simple admission process (suitable for a high school student like me). Thank you for providing some information.

        November 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

  5. Hi Raven, great stuff! Your wonderful passion for astronomy makes you an instant kindred spirit. I,ve been at it since age 6, had access to a 2″ refractor in my twenties, built a 4″ refractor from used lense. I’m based in Cameroon but at the moment am working in Scotland, where I was born and where outdoor astronomy is too cold for an 82 year amateur!! Nivard. NB I will sign up to your blog when I get on to my own computer. Thank you for boosting my youthful enthusiasm. N.

    July 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

  6. Trina Tolentino

    Hi Raven, I just want to ask where I could buy solar filters so I can view the upcoming annular solar eclipse? Grateful for your advice.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

  7. camotetae

    I adore your hobby and love about astronomy. Do you believe about other intelligence being outside from our planet?

    April 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm

  8. Hi, i came across you blog about your galileo scope where you mentioned paying tax for it. I am planning to order one for my son, but may i ask how much was the tax imposed on your galileo scope?

    Thanks.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  9. Keep this up! Like you I have been interested in the beauty and wonder of the night sky since childhood. I can’t get deep into the hobby now but I will follow it through your site.🙂

    June 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    • Hi,

      Thanks for the visit and for the link.🙂 I’m glad to meet another fellow Filipino astronomy enthusiast.

      Cheers and keep looking up!

      Raven

      June 20, 2011 at 9:39 pm

  10. Ursa Minor

    clearer skies to come =) two thumbs up plus a hat off for this blog.. i’m a backyard stargazer and ‘coz of this blog i’m more inspired to make star gazing a serious hobby.. =)

    February 15, 2011 at 12:02 am

    • Hi Ursa Minor,

      Thanks🙂 That’s really nice to hear. Astronomy is really fun. Just keep looking up.🙂

      Clear skies!

      Raven

      February 25, 2011 at 2:11 am

  11. Aveona

    Hi Raven! My sister recently became interested in stargazing. I’m looking for a constellations book for her, but I’m not satisfied with the choices in National Bookstore and Fullybooked.

    I thought of ordering online, but I also thought that those books will be adapted to the latitudes of the country of its publication.

    Do you have any astronomy or constellations books to recommend?

    Thanks, and we’ll probably be dropping by this blog more often🙂

    February 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm

  12. iam pugeda

    hi raven!

    i came across your site when i was looking for information about meteor shower viewing opportunities here in the Philippines. i’m so glad that i was able to stumble upon this website that helps give us Filipinos a better understanding about the cosmos.

    mabuhay ka!🙂

    January 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    • Hello Iam!

      Thanks!😀 Glad you find it helpful. Sana mas ma-promote pa ang appreciation ng astronomy at ng kalawakan sa Pilipinas.

      Clear skies!

      January 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

  13. Hi Raven. I just thought I’d send you an e-mail of appreciation from Canada for your blog. Astronomy is one of the areas I cover in my blog and your site is an excellent source for me – not too technical and clearly based on enthusiasm for science! Thanks for your work.
    John.

    November 19, 2010 at 2:22 am

  14. Hi Raven! Just found out about this site. Nice work! I’m a friend of Erika Valdueza, you might know each other. So far I’m enjoying browsing through your posts. Keep it up and continue to promote Astronomy!🙂

    November 17, 2010 at 9:56 am

    • Hello!🙂 I’ve seen that you also have a great astronomy blog.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      November 18, 2010 at 12:34 am

  15. Hello Raven. My name is Michael.This is by far the coolest astronomy posts i have found. I have just started my own posts and I’m really interested in astrophotography and searching the night skies. I am just begining but i hope to continually learn and gain experience. It is really great to meet you and thanks for sharing your images and observations.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    • Hi Michael!

      Glad to meet you. Thanks for dropping by.🙂

      To the stars!

      October 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

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