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May 16, 2010 Lunar Occultation of Venus

17 May 2010, 04:14 UTC
May 16, 2010 Lunar Occultation of Venus
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At first I thought I would never witness this special and rare astronomical event. Luckily, I have a plan B and decided to observe at the Manila Observatory, Quezon City, Philippines.
Before occultation, the conjunction of the Venus and Moon was already a spectacular sight! Both appeared very close to each other and can fit the field of view of my telescope. The lovely pair was so conspicuous in the sky that a lot of people even took time to place their comments and reactions on the internet. Everyone was indeed excited and captivated.
I failed to set my watch at PST, but according to fellow amateur astronomers, the time of contact and ingress were near the expected time of occultation. The ingress was the only visible stage for this occultation in the Philippines.
Here are a few images and videos I took during my observation:

Below are images and videos taken by friends and fellow amateur astronomers:

Special thanks to my very supportive boyfriend. I’ll not be able to do this observation without him.
To the stars!

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