Last February 16th, Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) celebrated National Astronomy Week (NAW) 2020 by providing a simple free public stargazing session at SM by the Bay at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Members who helped out were ALP President James Kevin Ty and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty as well as director Peter Benedict Tubalinal. They started their session at around 6:30pm. A Celestron C90 Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope mounted on Nexstar SLT mount as well as Borg 76ED refractor on Vixen Porta II mount were setup for the event. More than 250 people were able to observe planet Venus, brightest star Sirius and M42 Orion Nebula through the telescopes.
Slightly undermanned, the 3 of them were able to share to the viewers the beauty of the night sky and they didn’t feel any pressure and tiredness on the event. They packed up at around 9:30pm and went home happy and looking forward for the next free stargazing session on February 22 to wrap up the NAW 2020.