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:

Photo by Vivian Limpin

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!

~ by Stella's Gaze on May 17, 2010.

22 Responses to “May 16, 2010 Lunar Occultation of Venus”

  1. We also have egress image of this lunar occultation. It was visible in Astrocamp Observatory, Nasugbu Batangas and Candaba Pampanga where the ALP had set up stations in those three sites!

  2. Erika, I didn’t see ingress but saw egress! Very thin crescent and very red. Venus a bright red dot on the northern end of the crescent. Thanks for responding to my text message. I would’ve called you if my phone’s batt wasn’t dying.

  3. ❤ Luna❤
    thank you for the blog🙂

  4. Wow! Thanks for sharing! Wish I was in the Philippines right now.

  5. […] photographers likewise took advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Blogger “Erika V” also posted photos and videos she took from the Manila Observatory in Quezon City. Blogger Lois likened it to an Islamic symbol […]

  6. astig ka tlaga idol! ur so lucky to have observed the occultation.. can i feature some of ur pics?

  7. AMAZING!!! thank you for these infos!🙂

    God bless you!🙂

  8. wooo!!so nice thanks for the knoledge about that hapening tot thats just asimple quarter muun!whaha

  9. Could not believe how bright and deep red Venus was a little while ago. And the brightness changed dramatically. Very cool! Never seen her like that before.

  10. I saw the this one (ingress) but never knew that it was an occultation ( since our TV broken so we didn’t watch the news).I saw this one because it looks like a cyclops smiling.

  11. do you have a picture of planetary alignment of jupiter,mars,venus sun and moon ?

  12. Great blog! Subscribed😀 And thanks for the mention too!

  13. amazing

  14. […] Crescent Moon The Waxing crescent moon during the Lunar Occultation of Venus last May 16, […]

  15. one of nature’s most magnificent beauty!

  16. hi..i would like to know if what was the meaning of this eclipse of moon & venus in love??..

  17. […] Update 2010-05-25: Thanks to stellasgaze for the mention on her blog . . the sky above . .! May 16, 2010 Lunar Occultation of Venus. […]

  18. […] Update 2010-05-25: Thanks to stellasgaze for the mention on her blog . . the sky above . .! May 16, 2010 Lunar Occultation of Venus. […]

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