Lunar Impact Observation with UP Astrosoc
Immediately after reading the news about the lunar impact of the Kaguya spacecraft, I contacted three persons from UP Astrosoc to spread the news and announce that my place was open for viewing.
I wasn’t really confident to witness the impact because my telescopes’ aperture would not suffice to see it. But as an amateur astronomer, I knew there’s no harm in trying. Anyway, you’ll never know what could happen :).
The event was scheduled to happen on July 10, 2009 at 18:25 GMT (2:25 PST of July 11, 2009). I prepared my 6″ NERT and attached a CCD webcam through the telescope’s eyepiece holder for everyone to see. Unfortunately, three minutes before impact, a huge cloud from the west direction covered the moon – Argh! The clouds rule, hahaha!
On the bright side, we were able to view and image the craters of the moon; saw a lunar coronae, observed Jupiter and its moons; checked out the people inside the ELJ building ;and saw men fixing the peak of the ABS-CBN tower before sunrise, hahaha!
It was still a worthwhile experience :). Thanks, Astropeeps! 🙂