Monday, March 21, 2016

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - 23 Mar 2016



Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - 23 Mar 2016

Date: 23 March 2016 (Wednesday)
Duration: 5:39pm - 9:55pm (Singapore local time)
Greatest Eclipse: 7:48pm.

(Source: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html)

For those who are only interested in the visual excitement of eclipses, this upcoming penumbral lunar eclipse will NOT be spectacular. The Moon will be only slightly dimmer to unaided eyes. Most people will not be able to visually tell this difference. Potential changes in weather condition during this eclipse may further complicate these visual perceptions and comparisons.

For those who are interested in learning more and proving the existence of the darker (umbra) and lighter (penumbral) shadows of Earth, you may take photos or videos of the Moon before, during and after this eclipse. Make sure you are using the same camera settings to make meaningful photographic comparisons later. Again, do factor in the sky condition in influencing the Moon looking darker or brighter in the photos.

If you see any photos in the media reporting about this penumbral lunar eclipse looking red/dark/copper, that's NOT how it should look like. They are most probably using archive photos of partial or total lunar eclipses.

So technically, it is accurate to say this penumbral lunar eclipse is visible from Singapore (and many other countries) but visually it is hard to see the difference compared to a non-eclipsed full Moon.

Watch this excellent NASA video and pay attention to the penumbral type of lunar eclipse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuhNZejHeBg




Monday, March 7, 2016

Solar Eclipse @ Bishan Park 2016



Solar Eclipse @ Bishan Park Singapore 

Date: 9th March 2016 (Wed)
Time: 7:15am - 9:30am
Venue: Bishan Park (near McDonald's at Bishan St 25)

Event is weather permitting. Free admission for public. No registration required.

100 eclipse viewers to be given away free. First come first served while stock last. Solar Telescopes will be deployed and manned by amateur astronomers to let participants observe the Sun very safely. 

*** WARNING *** 

DO NOT look at the Sun directly! It will damage your eyes! DO NOT look at the Sun through telescopes or binoculars not properly fitted with certified solar filters!

Only look at the Sun through certified solar filters, solar viewers or do-it-yourself pinhole camera projectors. Any other methods of observing the Sun are NOT SAFE - e.g. squinting, sunglass, camera film, x-ray film, plastic bag, clothing, helmet, mirror, reflection off water surface, ... etc).

Feel free to ask questions about this free event by posting a comment to this post or sending us a private message. Check our Facebook page regularly for latest updates.

We have created this video simulating the solar eclipse happening on that day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD5yYSGCE_A




Thursday, February 18, 2016

5 planets visible from Bishan Park Singapore on 16 Feb 2016



The following is my one take video of the 5 planets as seen from Bishan Park Singapore on Tue 16 Feb 2016 at 6:34am:



This is the YouTube video description:

"https://www.facebook.com/SingaporeSidewalkAstronomy

Turn on YouTube annotations for planet identification in 4 languages. Shot this video with compact camera (Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Mk1). One continuous long take. Shakiness due to handheld videography. Visit our Facebook page for more info about upcoming stargazing events at this park, especially the Solar Eclipse on Wed 9 March 2016 from 7:23am - 9:32am (Singapore local time).

Thank you for viewing and hope you will be inspired to stargaze despite being in a light-polluted city/country like Singapore! The clear sky captured in this video is a VERY RARE occurrence in Singapore. Even on such a clear morning, we still cannot see as many stars as we should due to LIGHT POLLUTION.

Light pollution is 100% reversible with proper shielding and lighting design. Reducing it will not only bring back more stars, planets and our Milky Way galaxy to your city's night sky but also save power and reduce energy costs. Stargazers do NOT want all lighting to be switched off. We just want them to be properly directed towards the ground - the only place where it is needed, not sideways and skyward. Reducing light pollution does NOT increase crime rate (proven in a few cities).

Light pollution adversely affect wildlife and human health too. Educate yourself and then your city planners about light pollution, its dangers and solutions by visiting International Dark-Sky Association at http://www.darksky.org ."

Media inquires about this video: please email me at gary [at] astro [dot] sg .


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stargazing tonight at Bishan Park - 17 Feb 2016



Weather permitting, stargazing tonight 17 Feb outside McDonald's Bishan Park from 7:30pm.

Come see the stars, Moon and planets thru telescope for free!

Come chat with us about the upcoming Solar Eclipse visible from Bishan Park too!




Monday, February 15, 2016

Stargazing tonight at Bishan Park - 15 Feb 2016



Weather permitting, stargazing tonight 15 Feb outside McDonald's Bishan Park from 7:30pm.

Come see the stars, Moon and planets thru telescope for free!

Come chat with us about the upcoming Solar Eclipse visible from Bishan Park too!










Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Astronomy featured on Channel NewsAsia on 2 Feb 2016



Astronomy in Singapore featured on Channel NewsAsia (CNA) last night 2 Feb 2016. It was a live broadcast for its news program Singapore Tonight at about 11:45pm.

You may watch it online on Toggle SG while it is still available. Ad videos may suddenly appear. You cannot skip them. Patiently wait for them to end and continue watching. Jump to the 37:30 minute mark in the following video:

http://video.toggle.sg/en/tv-show/news/feb-2016-cna-singapore-tonight/tue-2-feb-2016/367050

The following is the video of the International Space Station (ISS) flyby mentioned during the CNA news segment last night.

VIDEO: Missed the rare astronomical sight of the International Space Station in Singapore's skies yesterday? Amateur...
Posted by Channel NewsAsia Singapore on Monday, February 1, 2016


This video on Facebook garnered more than 150,000+ views, 2000+ likes, 1,700+ shares in less than 17 hours.

Big thank you to Channel NewsAsia for the interview invitation and publicity of the ISS flyby, rare planetary alignment in the morning sky and sidewalk astronomy in Singapore!

Visiting their broadcasting studio was an eye-opening experience.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Stargazing tonight at Bishan Park - 25 Jan 2016



Update 26 Jan 2016:

We had a good time last night observing the Moon, chatting with the public about the 5 planet alignment, upcoming Total Solar Eclipse and how to choose/buy a telescope.

And observing the bright and high flyby of International Space Station over our heads live!

This is a video of the flyby captured by my compact camera:



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Weather permitting, stargazing outside McDonald's Bishan Park tonight 25 Jan 2016 from 7:30pm.

Come see Moon and Jupiter through telescope and bright flyby by International Space Station above Singapore!

We can also chat astronomy regarding the buzz created by the local media about the 5 planets visible now in the early morning sky.

Follow my twitter for the latest updates!