Partial Lunar Eclipse- June 26

Stargazers will be having a nice time watching the night sky with the famous Summer Triangle of the stars Vega, Deneb and Altair of the constellations Lyra, Aquila and Cygnus, respectively, being well placed in the eastern horizon before midnight.The bowls of the Big and Small Dipper in Ursa Major and Minor, respectively, stands high above the northern horizon with the body of the constellation Draco, the Dragon winding between them. The grouping of a horseshoe shape stars of the constellation Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, lies on the north-south meridian with the head of Draco below it. The constellation of Scorpio is positioned above the east-south eastern horizon, while the constellations of Centaurus, the Centaur and Acrux, the Southern Cross is just above the south direction.

Partial Lunar Eclipse

The eclipse of 2010 which will occur on June 26, will be visible in the Philippines as a partial lunar eclipse.

The eclipse magnitude will be 54.2 percent and will also be visible primarily in some parts of America, Pacific Ocean, Antarctica, eastern Asia, and Australasia. The eclipse will begin at 4:55 PM Philippine Standard Time (PST) and will end at 10:21 PM (PST).

In Manila, the moon will rise at 6:28 P.M. on 26 June 2010 and will set at 5:04 A.M. on 27 June 2010. The major phases of the eclipse are as follows:

  Penumbral eclipse begins:   4:55 PM
  Partial eclipse begins   6:16 PM
  Greatest eclipse   7:38 PM
  Partial eclipse ends   9:00 PM
  Penumbral eclipse ends   10:21 PM

Lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters in the eyes. A pair of binocular will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the Moon brighter.

Meteor Shower

Recent unseen activity makes the annual June Bootid meteor shower worth observing. Normally, the shower is active from June 26 to July 2. Although the shower peaks on the 27th of June, a little or no activity will be expected this year, with full Moon on June 26 . The radiant is usefully accessible virtually all night, and all observing techniques can be employed. The shower is derived from the debris ejected by Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke. The radiant of the shower will originate from the constellation of Bootes, the Herdsman, which lies nearly overhead when darkness falls.

source: PAGASA
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