Pagasa captures solar eclipse on film

  • Page Views 3598
  • OR the first time in its history, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA) provided live feed of the solar eclipse event yesterday morning.

    In an interview at the sidelines of PAGASA’s press briefing in Quezon City, Dario Dela Cruz, chief of the agency’s Space Sciences and Astronomy Section, said the event, which was observed in the country as a partial solar eclipse, was broadcast  live via their official YouTube page from 7 a.m. until at least 10:15 a.m.

    He said PAGASA was filming the eclipse from the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory in the campus of UP Diliman, Quezon City.

    “This is the first time sa history ng PAGASA na nag-broadcast kami live ng isang astrological event,” said Dela Cruz.

    “Posibleng ulitin namin ito kapag meron ulit isang significant (astrological) event na magandang makita ulit ng ating mga kababayan,” he added.

    A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the sun as viewed from the Earth.

    According to Dela Cruz, thin clouds in Metro Manila’s skies provided near perfect conditions for many residents to see the only solar eclipse of the year.

    He said many Filipino astronomy enthusiasts gathered in various places in the metropolis, particularly in “observatories,” to witness the partial view of the solar eclipse.

    At the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory, Dela Cruz said around 100 visitors, mostly college students from UP, came as early as 7 a.m. to have a glimpse of the eclipse.

    He said PAGASA provided a telescope and safe solar filters like aluminized “mylar” films that the viewers used in observing the rare event.

    “Maraming residente dito sa Metro Manila ang nakakita sa eclipse dahil maganda ang panahon at manipis ang kaulapan kaninang umaga (Wednesday morning),” Dela Cruz said.

    “Bahagyang natakpan lang ito ng makapal na ulap 15 minutes before matapos iyong eclipse. Pero nawala rin naman iyong makapal na ulap after ng ilang minutes kaya nakita pa rin natin ang pagtatapos ng event na ito,” he added.

    Dela Cruz said the eclipse obscuration in Metro Manila was about 47 percent during its maximum phase at 8:58 a.m.

    The eclipse in Metro Manila started at 7:51 a.m. and ended at 10:14 a.m.

    Dela Cruz said the rare event was visible across the country, but with different views of eclipse obscuration.

    He reiterated that Mindanao had a good view of the partial solar eclipse, having about 80 percent of the sun covered up at maximum eclipse, while Visayas and Luzon areas saw the sun obscured from 60 to 70 percent and 30 to 60 percent, respectively.

    The eclipse’s visibility in other parts of the country was between 7:40 a.m. and 10:21 a.m.

    PAGASA earlier said the eclipse will be visible from a track that goes across East Asia, North Western Australia and Oceania.

    But it noted that only parts of Indonesia will experience a total solar eclipse.

    The next total solar eclipse will happen on August 21, 2017, but it is not expected to be visible in the Philippines.

    Meanwhile, Dela Cruz said a penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on March 23 and will be visible in the country from 5:37 p.m. until 9: 57 p.m.

    A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon align in an almost straight line.

    When this happens, the Earth blocks some of the sun’s light from directly reaching the moon’s surface, and covers a small part of the moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra.

    During the said event, Dela Cruz said Filipino observers could see only the slightest dimming near the lunar limb closest to the umbra.

    He added that the eclipse may be undetectable unless at least half of the moon enters the penumbra.

    “Medyo magiging yellowish lang ang moon sa event na ito. Kung hindi ka lagi nag-o-observe ng moon ay hindi mo mapapansin iyong difference ng color nito sa isang ordinaryong buwan (moon),” Dela Cruz said.

    “Hindi na namin ito ila-live streaming kasi wala naman masyado significant sa event na ito,” he added.

    Aside from Asia, he said the penumbral lunar eclipse could also be observed in America, Oceania, and Australasia. (Angela Lopez de Leon, Malaya)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 28 January 2023
      1 week ago No comment

      Tinig Migrante By E Maestro

      Minister Fraser’s Pathway Announcement: “Disappointing” Migrant organizations, migrant justice advocates, allies, and the thousands of undocumentedmigrants all across Canada still have to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deliver onthe promise he made on December 16, 2021 to create a regularization program that willensure regularization for undocumented migrants and permanent ...

    • 27 January 2023
      1 week ago No comment

      Hop on to the Year of the Rabbit

      Welcome to the Lunar Year of the Water Rabbit! On Jan. 25, let’s wish formerpresident, the late Cory Aquino, a very happy birthday in heaven! Rabbits are cute, cuddly, joyful furry creatures and many believe to be superproductive, too. They reproduce fast, which makes them ideal to breed for ...

    • 20 January 2023
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Wala siyang ginawang mali’: Shamcey Supsup on Celeste Cortesi, Miss Universe Philippines future plans

      MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe Philippines National Director Shamcey Supsup commended Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi for a job well done at the recently concluded 71st Miss Universe pageant. The Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up also stressed that Celeste should be proud of herself and that the Philippine ...

    • 20 January 2023
      2 weeks ago No comment

      The Menu (PG) *** Running time: 1h 47m Bon Appetit! By Robert Waldman

      Dine out on the antics displayed in The Menu. Now be honest, who doesn’t like to go toa nice restaurant for a good meal? All of us like to be wined and dined. Only the guestswho sign up for The Menu get just a little more than they bargained ...

    • 20 January 2023
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Liza Soberano is moving to LA

      Liza Soberano is moving to Los Angeles, California.This she shared through Filipino–American makeup artist Patrick Starrr’s mostrecent vlog where she underwent a transformation as Miss Universe.When Patrick asked why she is moving to the City OF Angels, Liza explained it’s a careermove.She said: “That’s just because it is much ...

    %d bloggers like this: