Where to observe the Dec. 10, 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse in the Philippines?
The total lunar eclipse on Dec. 10, 2011 is visible throughout the Philippines. The only thing that can stop us from seeing it is the weather. According to this weather forecast, the country will experience above-average rainfall from Dec. 6- Dec. 13, 2011.
I encourage everyone to try to observe this astronomical event despite the threat of heavy rains. It’s not often we can get to see all the eclipse phases (see details below) of a total lunar eclipse!
You can watch the total lunar eclipse at observatories or attend public observations arranged by various astronomical groups/organizations. You may observe alone, with your family, or join other astronomy enthusiasts and amateur astronomers in witnessing this astronomical event.
I have provided below a list of sites that you can possibly visit to observe the total lunar eclipse (Kindly visit this blog for updates):
No announcement yet if PAGASA Observatory will be open for observation on Dec. 10. Usually, anyone can visit the observatory to watch astronomical events. 🙂
National Museum of the Philippines (Manila Planetarium)
Announcement from Philippine Astronomical Society (PAS):
3rd PAS Continuing Program Education Program, Lunar Eclipse Observation, Christmas Party, and Geminid Meteor Shower Observation
WHAT – PAS CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM III
WHERE – National Museum Planetarium
WHEN – December 10, 2011
TIME – 3:00 PM onward
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
2:30 – 3:00 pm – Registration
3:00 – 3:05 – Prayer by Ms. Arianne Santiago
3:05 – 3:`0 – National Anthem
3:10 – 3:55 – Our Solar System: From Supernova to Planetary Formation by Engr. Camilo Dacanay
3:55 – 4:40 – Celestial Navigation by Leo Manosca
4:40 – 5:30 – Planetarium Show by Bel Pabunan
5:30 – 6:00 – Open Forum
6:00 – onward – Total Lunar Eclipse Observation, Christmas Party (POTLUCK!!!), Geminids Observation (if possible though not peak yet)
All are invited!! Please come!!
Announcement from Astronomical League of the Philippines:
Members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines will tentatively be observing and documenting this event at AstroCamp Observatory . For more inquiries on the eclipse as well as our setup times , kindly contact ALP President James Kevin Ty at 09178559863 or ALP PRO Armando Lee at 09177922053.
Seven Suites Hotel Observatory
There will be an observation this coming Saturday. Everyone is invited! This hotel owns the 4th largest telescope (12 inch Dobsonian) in the Philippines.
As of now, I am still undecided where to observe. I just hope the weather will cooperate this coming Saturday.