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

Posts tagged “Luna

June’s Waxing Crescent Moon

The above image was the 24% illuminated waxing crescent Moon taken last June 7, 2011 from Marikina City, Philippines.

I failed to capture a photo of the Young Moon last June 3 because of the overcast sky.  Hence, I was really glad when I saw Luna again still in its crescent phase during this event. 🙂

Camera used: Panasonic Lumix Digital Camera (22 mm, F/5.9, 1 sec. exposure time at ISO-100)

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One September Night…

The month of September which was highlighted with rich planetary displays, the occurrence of  autumnal equinox and an international moon viewing event was just over. This also marked the change of seasons and the start of having longer nights.

In the Philippines, September is usually visited by several typhoons which means that most of the time, the sky is cloudy. If you live in the city where light pollution is more severe, your chances of having a clear sky with good viewing conditions also diminishes.

This is why, seeing the sky full of stars one clear September night was really a great blessing for us. Thank God there was fairly good view of the south and western sky where the nice crescent moon together with two of the most prominent zodiacal constellations, Scorpius and Sagittarius could be found then. The red star Antares, heart of Scorpius, was just a few degrees below the beautiful waxing crescent moon.

But not only Luna and these constellations were captured by the camera. Three deep-sky objects surprised us after giving the pictures a closer look! 😀 These objects were usually difficult to see without the aid of binoculars or telescopes.

Luna and Antares
The Crown, the Teapot and the Scorpion’s tail (click to view larger image)
M6, M7 and M8 near the Teapot
M6, M7 and M8 near the teapot
Luna behind the leaves
Bird’s beak moon? 🙂
Waxing Crescent Moon (enhanced in Registax v.5.1) Notice its craters near the terminator.

I wish the sky would always be like this 🙂

Thank you to Andre Obidos, a fellow amateur from the Philippines, who took these photos using Canon PowerShot SX 20.

Clear skies to all! 😀


Luna’s Special Day — International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) 2010

Today is the “International Observe the Moon Night” when people in all parts of the globe are encouraged to wait till dark and go outside and pay attention to our closest neighbor in space — the Moon. 🙂 Me and my friends (and also fellow UP AstroSoc members) will set up our observation at the back of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, near the Manila Bay. After watching the beautiful sunset by the bayside, we’ll focus on taking images of the moon for the InOMN Photo Contest. 😛

Alright, there’s really no special happening on the moon later tonight, no spacecraft impact or a UFO flyby. But the “event” is more of a reminder to look up and appreciate what we sometimes take for granted. It’s goal is also to raise the awareness and interest of the public on the recent lunar research and exploration which has brought us a lot of new information about our space companion.

Let’s all see the moon in a whole new light! Observe the moon with your telescopes, binoculars or even just with naked eyes. Appreciate its beauty —  take note of it’s phase, the patterns and shades of it’s features. If you’re gonna use telescopes or binoculars, see its mountains and craters, Get involved and invite others! Why? Because so few people ever take the time to just look up and see the splendor of the creation stretching across the skies.

I have included here below some of the lunar photos which me and my fellow amateurs took before. 😀 Enjoy and clear skies!

Waxing Gibbous Moon (Click to enlarge)

Eclipsed Moon (Click to enlarge)

Venus and the Moon (Click to enlarge)

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Some Quick Moon Facts…..

+ The distance From Earth is 363,301 kilometers (225,745 miles).

+ The radius of the moon is 1,738 kilometer (1,080 miles), the diameter is 3476 kilometers (2,160 miles).

+ Total weight: of the moon is 74 sextillion kilograms (81 Quintillion Tons).

+ The surface temperature at the equator during the day is 134oC (273o F), and at night is – 153o C (244o F)

+ Gravity at the surface of the moon is 1/6 that of the Earth.

+ The moon has no significant atmosphere or clouds.

+ Its surface is scarred from hundreds and thousands of meteors that have struck it over billions of years.

+ The Moon’s surface layer is called regolith.

+ The Moon’s orbit is inclined 5 degrees from the Earth’s ecliptic.

+ The face of the Moon is marked by regions, called mare, Latin for “sea”. A name given by Galileo who thought the dark featureless areas were bodies of water. We now know them to be basalt (a type of lava) filled impact basins.

+ The Moon’s magnetic field is 100 to 1000 times weaker than the Earth’s