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AUGUST 28, 2007 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
by James Kevin Ty
|Bad weather greeted most of
the observers from the Luzon area that were expecting to observe the August
28th total lunar eclipse as rain and thick clouds continued till the
evening. Amid a bad situation for a good chance to observe this event,
members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) that includes
James Kevin Ty, Jett Aguilar, Irving Raymundo, Nathaniel Custodio, Maximo
Sacro, Charisse Baldoria, Jomar Lacson, Lala Alcala, and Rafael Lunar setup
at the roof deck of PAGASA Observatory in UP-Diliman. Aside from them,
numerous TV newsman led by Kim Atienza of TV Patrol, as well as those from
GMA 7, UNTV 37, and news agencies photographers from AP, Reuters, Philippine
Inquirer, , European Press Photo Agency, etc were also there to cover the
Unfortunately, all of them as well as members of ALP were disappointed because from moonrise till the end of the eclipse, the Moon didn't even peak out of the thick clouds to show its beauty to them. Nevertheless, this is another forgettable event and they look forward to observing the next lunar eclipse that will happen on August 17, 2008. This eclipse will be Partial and not Total as the next total lunar eclipse to be visible in the Philippines will be on June 15, 2011.
But ALP members in the South like Christopher Go from Cebu and Raymund John Ang from Bacolod City as well as ALP members in the US such as Eric Africa, Francisco Lao, Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson were fortunate to observe the event with only small patches of clouds that didn't hamper their view. Overall, ALP members from the Philippines as well as in the US were able to observe the complete lunar eclipse phases, with the US members observing the first part of the eclipse till totality and the Philippine members observing from totality to the end part of the eclipse :)
Below are their short reports of the eclipse: (click the images to enlarge)
Christopher Go - "The eclipse at totality was very dim and I had a hard time focusing on the Moon!"
Raymund John Ang - "The sky was clouded out for
much of the afternoon and early evening.
Eric Africa - "Jun
Lao and I got up around 5AM EDT to catch the eclipse. I stepped out into our
backyard to see the eclipse already in progress, with the moon way too close
to a neighbor's trees!
Francisco Lao, Jr. - "I
started shooting images of the eclipse from home here in Mason, Ohio at 4:39
a.m., when the Moon was still in the penumbra, then at 4:51 a.m. as the Moon
started to cross the umbra, and then every 15 mins. after. Exposures varied
from 1/250 second to 6 seconds at ASA 640. I used a Nikon D80 with a 300 mm
lens and 2x teleplus.
Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson - "Here are some photos we took of this morning's total lunar eclipse from Horn Pond in Woburn. Although the Moon was setting when totality began, we were treated to a nice view of the partial phase of the eclipse. The Moon's reddish hue was easily visible to the unaided eye even before the Moon was halfway through Earth's shadow, as shown in the long exposures we took as well as in the Moon's reflection on the water's surface. Close-up shots: Takahashi FS-78 refractor and Canon EOS 20D digital SLR and Wide-field shot: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT with a 135-mm. zoom lens"
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