20 Best Spots to view the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ in the Philippines

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Space and astronomy buffs are putting their resources together to allow more Filipinos to get a closer look at the “super blue blood moon” that is expected to rise on the evening of January 31 (Wednesday).

The Philippine Astronomical Society (PAS), in its Facebook page, invited the public to “observe the rare event” in observation stations “hosted” by different schools, organizations and individuals nationwide.

“Go to an observation station near you! Free and open to public!” the group’s post read.
State weather bureau PAGASA said the best viewing time would be at about 9:29 p.m.

“Ito ‘yung pinaka-center ng eclipse, ‘yung pinaka-mapula,” PAGASA said.

Most observation stations open between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. until midnight. Some areas, however, can only accommodate a limited number of people so advanced bookings may be required.

Here’s a list of the observation stations promoted by the PAS:

BATANGAS
Venue: Lakefront, Kapusod, Kinalaglagan, Mataasnakahoy, Batangas
Host: Kapusod in cooperation with Philippine Astronomical Society
Map: https://goo.gl/Z6qqsz
open to all, walk-ins allowed,
note: public commute at night is not available
7pm-11pm

BULACAN
Venue: Laot, Prenza I, Marilao, Bulacan
Host: Marion Mariñas
Map: https://goo.gl/3XzhFo
open to all, walk-ins allowed
30pax can be accommodated
6pm-10pm

CAGAYAN VALLEY
Venue: Church of Malaueg, Municipality of Rizal, Cagayan
Host: Philippine Astronomical Society, Inc.
Map: https://goo.gl/Kkw3Cd
open to all, walk-ins allowed
6pm-12am

CAVITE
Venue: SunTech iPark Lancaster Square New City, Imus Cavite
Host: Astronomy and Physics Society of St. Edward Integrated Shool
Map: https://goo.gl/m6amTM
Details: https://goo.gl/WQK7Ji
7pm-10pm

CEBU
Venue: Indiana Aerospace University Sports Arena
Host: IAU Astronomical Society
Map: https://goo.gl/TrSX5v
open to all, walk-ins allowed
7pm-12am

DAVAO
Venue: Abreeza Ayala Mall, Davao City
Host: Davao Stargazers
Map: https://goo.gl/Y1csVb
open to all, walk-ins allowed
7pm-10pm

METRO MANILA
Venue: Luneta, Rizal Park
Host: Philippine Astronomical Society
Map: https://goo.gl/aSY4uM
open to all, walk-ins allowed
6pm-12am

Venue: San Beda College, Manila
Host: Bedan Society of Young Astronomers
Map: https://goo.gl/roNMm5
Details: https://goo.gl/tFk6XC
6pm-10pm

Venue: Manila Observatory, ADMU
Host: Philippine Astronomical Society
Map: https://goo.gl/Cd4ZGh
50pax max, Registration is already closed
6pm-12am

Venue: SM North EDSA
Host: Manila Street Astronomers
Map: https://goo.gl/15Nk2W
open to all, walk-ins allowed
Details: https://goo.gl/t6KVeV
7pm onwards

Venue: PAGASA Astronomical Observatory UP Diliman
Host: UP Astronomical Society
Map: https://goo.gl/8NtNyY
open to all, walk-ins allowed
6pm-12:10am

Venue: TriNoma Park, Quezon City
Host: Cutting Edge TriNoma
Map: https://goo.gl/8kt7Sf
Details: https://goo.gl/K4jHj3
6:30pm-9pm

Venue: Pinaglabanan Shrine, San Juan
Host: Manila Street Astronomers
Map: https://goo.gl/s5eSLa
open to all, walk-ins allowed
6pm-12am

Venue: Cityland Pasong Tamo, Makati
Host: Philippine Astronomical Society
Map: https://goo.gl/YMDwaZ
open to all, walk-ins allowed
Only one person will man this station. Please be gentle on him
7:30pm-10:30pm

Venue: The Nest Food and Lifestyle Park Taguig
Host: Philippine Astronomical Society
Map: https://goo.gl/YLH5y7
open to all, walk-ins allowed
7:30pm-11pm

Venue: SM by the Bay Central Park, SM Mall of Asia
Host: Astronomical League Of The Philippines, Inc.
Map: https://goo.gl/GCDf9Z
open to all, walk-ins allowed
6pm-12am

Venue: Alabang Town Center
Host: Manila Street Astronomers
Map: https://goo.gl/Na9bWa
open to all, walk-ins allowed
6pm-12am

LAGUNA
Venue: Sampaloc Lake Park, Bonifacio Statue, San Pablo City, Laguna
Host: Philippine Astronomical Society
Map: https://goo.gl/dsbrPA
open to all, walk-ins allowed
7:30pm-10pm

Venue: Carabao Park, UP Los Baños
Host: UPLB Astronomical Society
Map: https://goo.gl/N3pXHr
open to all
7pm-10pm

TACLOBAN
Venue: Arts and Sciences Grounds, UPV Tacloban College
Host: UP Dormer’s Association
Map: https://goo.gl/AtS3rV
open to all, walk-ins allowed
6pm-12am

Astronomers consider the “super blue blood moon” a “very rare” celestial phenomenon as 3 lunar event coincide at the same time.

A “supermoon” is a full moon that appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the usual full moon. It appears when the moon orbits closest to Earth during its full phase.
A blue moon is the second full moon in a month, while a blood moon is seen when a full moon temporarily turns red during a total lunar eclipse.

The last time a “super blue blood moon” was seen in the Philippines was in in December 30, 1982, PAGASA said.

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