Tuesday, July 28, 2009

6 Minutes Before Totality

Here's the composite image of the sun at 6, 4 and 2 minutes before totality which I took during the July 22 eclipse in Jinshanwei, China. (I'm one of the two in-charge with multiple exposures). The eclipse occurred at 9:43 local time.

The storm clouds blocked the sun's disc during totality but the darkness was very apparent.

Shanghai Science & Technology Museum


Space-themed exhibit of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum: mock-ups of rockets and satellites, meteorite samples, and a live data stream from China's weather satellite.

Friday, July 24, 2009

2009 Eclipse Totality

Here's the video of the totality of the 2009 solar eclipse. Me and my colleagues from the UP Astronomical Society observed the eclipse in Jinshanwei, aboout 100km south of Shanghai, China.

Storm clouds covered the sun's disc 2 minutes before the totality, but the darkness was so apparent once the moon covered the sun, as can be seen from the video.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Apollo 11 Launch 40th Anniversary

Today is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, which landed on the moon four days later, on July 20, 1969.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Primer on 2009 Solar Eclipse

The UP Astronomical Society will send an expedition to Shanghai to witness and document the rare event.

The team site is here.

(Slides from the lecture on the 2009 Total Solar eclipse given by UP Astronomical Society alumni Bamm Gabriana.)

Monday, July 06, 2009

Solar Eclipse 2009

Me and my colleagues at the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society will be going to Shanghai for the total solar eclipse on July 22, 2009.

As one of the activities we are launching a site dedicated to the endeavor. Please take some time to visit it: http://solareclipse2009.co.cc