January 31, 2018 ALP Total Lunar Eclipse Observation Report
by James Kevin Ty
Images by James Kevin Ty, Kendrick Cole KC Ty, Adi Bontuyan , Jennifer Gutierrez and Carlo Caparas

Last January 31, Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) held its free public observation session on the Total Lunar Eclipse / SuperMoon / Blue Moon at SM By The Bay at SM Mall of Asia , Pasay City. Members who were present are ALP President James Kevin Ty and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty ; Treasurer Andrew Ian Chan , Secretary Justine Garcia , Auditor Edgar Ang  ; Adi Bontuyan, Mark Ian Singson , Michella Esparas, Edwin Gatia, Berenice Viola Chan, Sandra Go, Per Edman and guest Jennifer Gutierrez.

They  started at around 6:30pm with ABS CBN TV Patrol lead by Kim Atienza covering the first part of the eclipse event. James brought along his Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens mounted on Kenko Sky Memo-R star Tracker ; Kendrick with his Canon EOS 400D with EFS 55-250mm lens on Nexstar mount ; Andrew with his Skywatcher 80ED refractor on Vixen GP mount ; Edgar with his Celestron Nexstar 90 refractor ; Adi with his Celestron C114 Newtonian reflector on EQ2 mount ; Mark with his Celestron C90 on sturdy tripod ; Per with his Orion XT6 Dobsonian reflector as well as ST80 refractor on sturdy tripod.

Eclipse started at around 6:50pm PST (Philippine Standard Time) when the Moon enter the Earth's light shadow (penumbra). Partial eclipse started at around 7:48pm and enters totality at around 8:51pm. Maximum totality occurred  at around 9:30pm when the Moon is roughly about 51 degrees above the eastern horizon. During totality, the eclipsed Moon showed a light orange shade as it crossed halfway south of Earth's dark shadow (Umbra) at maximum totality. Totality lasted about 77 minutes, while the whole partial phase lasts about 3.5 hours more or less. Totality  ends at around 10:08pm an partial phases will continue till around 11:12pm before the Moon totally exits the Earth's light shadow by 12:10am the next day signaling the end of the eclipse.

More than 3500+ people got to view the eclipse in its entirely as it is almost clear night except prior to the start of Penumbral stage.

They waited till Penumbra ends at around 12:10am before packing up and heading home. A very successful event indeed!!!



Group Shot

Group Shot


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