Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Solar Observation at Mandaluyong City Hall Grounds

The 5th year BS-Astronomy Technology students under the subject Astronomy Education being advised by Ms. Ruby Dela Cruz, are required to conduct public observations and lectures to increase the knowledge and awareness of the people regarding astronomy. In this observation we were accompanied by Mr. Frank Kelvin Martinez.
We conducted a free public solar observation at Mandaluyong City Hall grounds on the date of February 12, 2013, 12:30 – 1:00pm for the employees and the bystanders there. Most of the participants were employees from the city hall, but we also had people who were just visiting the city hall. There were a total of 30 people who participated in the solar observation. On that day, it was cloudy so we had to limit our stay there. We brought with us the Newtonian 8” reflector telescope and the glass filter. There were a few visible sunspots at that time, but we were hindered by persistent cloud systems and small packets of rain, but still, there were small windows for the sun to shine so the public were still able to observe the sun. We were able to appeal to the crowd because of the fact that it was free and we think it was their first time to see a telescope so the people there were very curious and some even excited to view to the Sun.

Fig. 1 The public using the telescope for the first time to view the Sun

Fig. 2 a mother and her daughter using the Newtonian Reflector Telescope

Fig. 3 5th year astronomy students entertaining the observers.

Fig. 4 Ms. Lequiron entertaining questions from employees of the City Hall

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