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Saturday eclipse talk kicks off Astronomical League of the Philippines' new webinar series

The moon passes in front of the sun in the only total solar eclipse of 2021 in this still from a video captured by Theo Boris and Christian Lockwood of the JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition from their observing point in Union Glacier, Antarctica on Dec. 4, 2021.
The moon passes in front of the sun in the only total solar eclipse of 2021 in this still from a video captured by Theo Boris and Christian Lockwood of the JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition from their observing point in Union Glacier, Antarctica on Dec. 4, 2021. (Image credit: Theo Boris/Christian Lockwood /JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition/NASA TV)

If you're looking for an early-morning astronomy fix tomorrow (April 23), the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) has you covered. 

The ALP is hosting a webinar by renowned astronomer Jay Pasachoff of Williams College, who will discuss his expedition to Antarctica to observe the total solar eclipse of Dec. 4, 2021. The event will begin tomorrow at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), and you can watch it for free; you just need to register here (opens in new tab).

Pasachoff's presentation is the first of four planned in the ALP's new Astronomy Experts Speaker Series. Next Saturday (April 30), Zolt Levay will give a talk called "Visualizing Hubble’s Colorful Universe." The now-retired Levay once served as the principal science visuals developer in the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, which conducts and coordinates the science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Then, on May 7, comes a webinar by Space.com skywatching columnist Joe Rao called "A Night of Shooting Stars." 

"In this presentation, Joe will explain the reasons why late on the night of May 30th, you may see more shooting stars than you’ve seen in your entire life!" the ALP's description of Rao's talk reads (opens in new tab)

Eclipse expert and retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak is up next on May 29, with a talk called "Predicting and Chasing Solar Eclipses."

The APL aims to help develop and advance the field of astronomy in the Philippines. You can learn more about the group and the new speaker series here.

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Mike Wall
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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with Space.com (opens in new tab) and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.