May 16, 2010 Lunar Occultation of Venus
At first I thought I would never witness this special and rare astronomical event. Luckily, I have a plan B and decided to observe at the Manila Observatory, Quezon City, Philippines.
Before the lunar occultation, the conjunction of the Venus and Moon was already a spectacular sight! Both appeared very close to each other and can fit the field of view of my telescope. The lovely pair was so conspicuous in the sky that a lot of people even took time to place their comments and reactions on the internet. Everyone was indeed excited and captivated.
I failed to set my watch at PST, but according to fellow amateur astronomers, the time of contact and ingress were near the expected time of occultation. The ingress was the only visible stage in my area. Amateur astronomers who observed the event in Candaba, Pampanga, Astrocamp Observatory in MOA, Pasay and Nasugbu, Batangas saw both the ingress (to enter) and egress (to emerge) of the occultation. 🙂
Here are a few images and videos I took during my observation:
Below are images and videos taken by friends and fellow filipino amateur astronomers:
Filipino blogs and articles about the Venus Occultation:
Venus Occultation by the Moon – JC John Sese Cuneta
Rare celestial event augurs well for Aquino presidency – Joel D. Adriano
Filipinos witness rare ‘lunar occultation’ – Anna Valmero
Special thanks to my very supportive boyfriend. I’ll not be able to do this observation without him.
To the stars!