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Almost 100 participants braved the PAGASA warnings of possible strong winds and rains from Typhoon Labuyo and trooped to the Manila Observatory roof deck of Ateneo de Manila University on the night of August 10 to wee hours on August 11 to join the PAS-conducted 2013 Perseid meteor shower observation held for the public. Luckily, the event was blessed with not a perfect sky but with no rains and no winds.
The guests were from the Philippine Normal University, University of Santo Thomas, University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, League of Ateneo Physicists, Rizal Technological University, ART Plus/Mountain Climbers Alliance of the Philippines, the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives, and others.
Not too many meteors were seen, but the presence of the "indefatigable" Prof.Edmund Rosales, PASers Ed von de Lelis (Observation Committee Chair) and other officers Hernan Dizon, Margie Parinas, Engr. Dacanay, Ian Allas made this event not only well-attended but a very successful and highly educational overnight astronomical activity for everyone.
Despite the sky's on and off cloudiness, the group was able to observe more than a dozen Perseids and several sporadic meteors, Jupiter and its 4 Galilean satellites, Mars, Albireo, the double star in Cygnus, Orion nebula and several man-made satellites.