Thursday, May 30, 2013

General Assembly/Freshmen Orientation


on June 5 2013 the RTU-Astronomy Society will be having a General Assembly and Freshmen Orientation for this coming school year 2013-2014, at 3-5pm RND Building, 2nd flr. Department of Earth and Space Sciences. ATTENDANCE is a MUST for all freshmen and higher year astronomy students! there will be important announcements!

thanks! Clear Skies

Mr. John Christian Lequiron

Thursday, May 23, 2013

LX850 Meade Telescope

New Scope

Finally, The New Telescope of Rizal Technological University finally arrived. the LX850 Meade Telescope.
Aperture: 356mm(14")
Focal Length: 2845mm

The LX850 is good for astro-imaging system.

Unboxing the scope and assembling of the scope

photo credits: Ms. Ruby Dela Cruz, Mr. Norman Marigza and Margareth Custodio

For more information about the LX850:

Annual Meteor Shower

Meteor Shower

Meteor Shower would be the most awesome and fun astronomical event that can happen every year.
so this are the list of the Major Meteor Shower:

Quadrantids: this meteor shower is originated from the constellation Quadran Muralis. On modern star charts, this radiant is located where the constellations Hercules, Bootes, Draco meet in the sky, can produce over 100 meteors per hour. peak date January 2-3.

Lyrids: an April meteor shower event, looking at the night sky during april 21-22 you will see the constellation lyra, that produce 10-20 meteors per hour. April here in the Philippines is good for observation activities. Lyrids produce fireballs that are bright enough for you to satisfy your night observation. (Pictures: left-right South view and North View)

Eta Aquarids: this meteor shower is mostly active at the southern hemisphere, it can produce 60 meteors per hour, while in northern hemisphere it produce 30 meteors per hour. Eta Aquarid meteor shower is from the constellation Aquarius. peak date May 4-5.

Delta Aquarids: a meteor shower during the month of July, say hello to Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower. it peaks on July 27-28 and can produce 20 meteors per hour.

Perseids: one of the famous meteor shower, it provide blue and white fireballs. constellation Perseus is easy to spot, always look for Cassiopeia, Cepheus and Andromeda, Perseus is near to them. August 11-12 is the best night for you to observe the Perseid meteor shower, it produce 60 meteors per hour.

Draconids: good for people who don't want to observe in the morning, Draconids produce its meteor during evening sky. Draconids is the opening meteor shower event in the month of October before Orionids. peak dates October 7-8 and produce 10 meteors per hour.

Orionids: considered as one of the famous meteor shower. constellation Orion is the most easy to spot during the winter solstice night sky. Orionids falls from the month of October and peaks on October 21-22. it produce 20 meteors per hour.

Taurids: the Taurid meteor shower is divided into two south and north Taurid meteor shower. both peaks in the month of november during 1st and 2nd week of November. South Taurid meteor shower; peak date: November 4-5 and produce 7 meteors per hour. North Taurid meteor shower; peak date: november 11-12 and produce 7 meteors per hour.

Leonids: one of the famous meteor shower. produce 15 meteors per hour, but in the history of Astronomy leonids produce hundred of meteors per hour, they call it meteor storm and it happens every 33 years. peak date: November 16-17.

Geminids: most awaited and famous meteor shower. even though your in a polluted area, you can still see the Geminid meteor shower. produce 50-100 meteors per hour and the most awesome thing in this meteor shower, are multi colored it has yellow, orange, white, blue, violet, green etc... December 13-14 are the peak dates of the Geminid meteor shower.

Ursids: the last meteor shower event. from the constellation Ursa Minor, this Ursid meteor shower is visible in the northern hemisphere. produce 10 meteor per hour and peaks on December 21-22 before Christmas.

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Astronomy Education Review

Dr. Jesus Rodrigo Torres (president of RTU) shared his works about astronomy in Astronomy Education Review.

- How Do Preservice Teachers' Religious Beliefs Affect Their Understanding of Astronomy

- Bachelor of Science in Astronomy Technology: A Model

- Urban Astronomy in the Philippines

Dr. Torres Account:

Monday, May 6, 2013

2nd Batch of Filipino Astronomers

2nd Batch Graduates of BS Astronomy Technology


Pauline Pearl M. Divinagracia
Miguel M. Artificio
Ma. Angela Lourdes B. Lequiron

During Graduation May 2 2013
CEIT Graduation May 2 2013

Filipino Astronomers

Dance of the Planets 2013

Dance of the Planets
credits to Astro Bob

Feb. 7 and 8 – Mercury passes very close to Mars (0.3 degrees) low in the western sky at dusk

Feb. 16 – Mercury at greatest elongation east of the sun and easy to find during evening twilight.

May 22-30- Venus, Mercury and Jupiter cluster together low in the western sky after sunset. Close conjunctions of Venus and Mercury (24th), Mercury and Jupiter (26th) and Venus and Jupiter (27th-28th). Low but a potentially great show. The southern states will have the better views.
June 1 – Striking lineup of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury low in the western sky after sunset. Find an unobstructed horizon to see best.
* First week of June – Mercury well-placed for viewing low in the western evening sky.

July 3-4 – Venus returns to the evening sky visible low in the west during twilight. On these dates, binocular users will see the planet pass in front of the Beehive star cluster in Cancer.

July 21-23 – Conjunction of Mars and Jupiter. Both planets now return to the morning sky and pair up within one degree of each other on these dates. They’re visible in Gemini low in the eastern sky before sunrise.
August 3-5 – Very nice lineup of Mercury, Mars and Jupiter joined by the thin crescent moon these mornings. Look to the east about an hour before sunrise.
September 5-6 – Venus near Spica low in the southwestern sky at dusk
September 8 – Fine conjunction of the crescent moon and Venus this evening

November 1 – Venus at greatest elongation east of the sun. It finally gains some altitude and becomes much easier to see this month during evening twilight.

November 25-26 – Mercury and returning Saturn meet up together for a close conjunction. The two will be just one degree apart on these dates.
December 6 – Venus dazzles as it climbs higher and reaches greatest brilliancy for the year.

for more information:
Astro Bob
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