This is a listing of digital and print media publications for astronomy in the Philippines.
Creator: GAIA - Open Research And Collaborative Learning Experience
A digital media designed to promote scientific communication and collaboration within the local astronomy community and the rest of the general public. It features news/articles from different astronomy and astronomy related groups, institutions and individuals.
Creator: Philippine Astronomical Society
Official newsletter of PAS
Philippine Journal of Astronomy
Creator: Astronomical League of the Philippines
Contains manuscripts, general astronomy articles, image submissions, reviews from professional and amateur astronomers, as well as news from the organization.
Access: members only (occasional open access)
Creator: Astronomical League of the Phillipines
Official newsletter of ALP
Access: members only
Balatik: Etnoastronomiya Kalangitan sa kabihasnang Pilipino
Creator: Dr. Dante Ambrosio, PhD., UP Press
A compilation of ethnoastronomy research in the Philippines
A Catalogue of Astronomical Objects as reference for Campus Astronomy
Creator: Dr. Jesus Rodrigo Torres, PhD., RTU Academic Journal
An observing catalogue designed for student use with binoculars or small telescopes.
Access: RTU DESS
Creator: RTU Department of Earth and Space Sciences
A compilation of digital media from students, faculty and staff of RTU-DESS.
Creator: Armillary, RTU Astronomy Society
Official student publication of RTU AstroSoc.
Monthly digital diary listing down observing events for the month
Format: digital, webpage only
Stars and Galaxies
Creator: Norman Marigza
Astronomy textbook for the college course Astro4: Stars and Galaxies
Format: digital (in full-color and in printer friendly version)
Access: open via RTU BS Astro-Tech batch 2018 students
Creator: Damiana L. Eugenio
Philippine Folk Literature Series. A compilation of Philippine lore on Philippine astronomy.
Access: UP Press
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
The Manila Street Astronomers is a non-profit outreach astronomy group.
Part of our aim is to foster cooperation and collaboration among the local astronomy community. That is why our members comprise of volunteers from different astronomy organizations and the general public. Be part of our growing group - professional astronomers, amateur astronomers, astronomy and space enthusiasts, stargazers, everyone can take part. No membership fee/monthly dues of any kind required, just a passion to share and promote astronomy and other STEM areas.
Join us in our upcoming events [I shall try to update this post every time we have a new event]:
or learn more about us at our:
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
It's summer once again and while some kids are going places during their vacation, some are joining summer camps. This summer I was tasked to create a robotics camp for SMILE (Specializing in Modern Interactive Learning Experiences) Group. The Space Race camp, which is a cross between robotics and space sciences, runs for 8 sessions. Here they get to use Lego Mindstorm's EV3 and design and program it as a space rover. They get to understand how robots are used in space exploration as well as understand the features of different space landscapes and phenomena.
In reality robots dominate the space exploration scene. One fundamental reason for this is that space is a harsh environment. It actually costs more for human space exploration than for robotic missions. Humans require life support systems - supply of air, water and food; radiation shielding; temperature control, etc. Also, humans are subject to physical and psychological problems during long periods of space flight and isolation.
Robots in space exist in many forms such as landers, rovers, orbiters, and utility bots. They are designed for specific environments and for specific functions. Here are some of them:
Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover. The task of Curiosity is to study the Martian geology in order to find out whether Mars could have supported Microbial life
A humanoid robot designed to be a helper for astronauts.
Shuttle Remote Manipuator System (SRMS). This robotic arm captures, repairs, and deploys satellite's out into space.
NASA's Robonaut 5. This humanoid robot is designed to operate in extreme space environments.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Here is my coverage of the March 9 Partial Solar Eclipse as seen from Project 6, Quezon City, Philippines. I setup my Sky-Watcher Explorer 150PL with my Baader solar filter for imaging and my Celestron Travelscope 70 with black polymer filter for visual observation. The initial forecast in the morning suggested partly cloudy skies but was fortunate to get good conditions except for the end of the eclipse.
The umbral shadow will pass through the waters of Indonesia giving us only a partial view. Originally the plan was for me and my friends from the International School for Young Astronomers to meet back at Indonesia for the eclipse but we weren't able to do so. Instead I took a leave today from work to cover the eclipse. As the eclipse progressed I tried to share the observations to the general public via Facebook.
The rest of the astronomical community are dispersed in different areas to cover the eclipse. In the coming days I hope I can feature the different solar eclipse activities here.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
On February 29, 2016 four astronomy groups came together for a collaborative solar astronomy workshop entitled "Ignite 2016". The whole day workshop was held at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Laboratory High School (PUP LHS). The participants were exposed to four areas:
- Solar observation and eclipse details
- Telescope basics
- Solar Astronomy lecture
- Astronomy virtual tour
This workshop was done to assist the newly established Astronomy, Science and Technological Research Association (ASTRA) of the PUPLHS. This effort was made possible through the cooperation of the Guild for Astronomy Innovation and Advancement (GAIA), the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society, and the Manila Street Astronomers (MSA).
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Below is a listing of astronomy blogs (including mixed blogs, and blog-style astronomy websites).
|Philippine Astronomy Blogs|
|First Light||Kin Enriquez||2005|
|The Sky Above||Erika Valdueza||2007|
|SU-Physics||Junior Philippine Physics Society||2007|
|TV-101 Blog Page||James Kevin Ty||2008|
|Tani's Astronomy Log||Nathaniel Custodio||2008|
|Eclipse Hunter||Jodl Gayatin||2009|
|Paper, Chalkdust and Stars||Edward Von Delelis||2010|
|Chinilicious' Topsy Turvy Town||Crisel Tungala||2010|
|Philippine Astronomy||Raymund John Ang||2010|
|Journey to the Stars||Criselda Roque||2010|
|Amateur Astronomy Adventures||Marvin Xylon Jaen||2010|
|The Night Sky in Focus||Anthony Guiller Urbano||2011|
|Diffraction Limited||Dennis Llante||2011|
|Astronomy & Living by Hernando||Hernando Bautista||2011|
|DSLR Astrophotography Philippines||Leo Dy||2012|
|The AstroBirder||Vincent R. Lao||2012|
|RTU Astrosoc||RTU Astronomy Society||2012|
|Sky Observer||Margareth Custodio||2012|
|Sidereal Times||UP Astronomical Society|
|Stardust Observatory||John Nassr|
|JVNoriega Astro Images||JV Noriega|
|The Cosmic Wanderer||Maria Sobina Yu||2015|
You can also access a full description on the nature of these blogs in my 2012 seminar paper (as soon as the link becomes ready) entitled Astronomy Blogging as a Medium for Developing Astronomy Education in the Philippines.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Meet Aedan Pio, an intelligent 4-year old boy with a passion for space. He dreams of being an astronaut, and is a promising astro artist who does watercolor paintings of the planets. Sadly, Pio has a condition called chordoma (a rare kind of brain cancer).
To assist Pio, the Lung Center of the Philippines in coordination with Oxygen Art + Design Gallery will be hosting a fund raising art exhibit entitled Dots in Space. The exhibit will run from Sept 4 - Oct 6, 2015 at the lobby of the Lung Center (Quezon Avenue, Quezon City). Pio has several watercolor paintings of the solar system being sold as well as some paintings by his grandmother. I also contributed four paintings in the exhibit. Other astro artists and imagers are encouraged to add to the ongoing exhibit to help Pio.
As I looked at Pio's paintings I was amazed how he has certain details about the planets such as their colors and features. One particular painting I saw has all the terrestrial planets on one side and the gas giants on the other with Pluto located away from the line-up in accordance with its current dwarf planet status. During the short chat I had with Pio he asked me why Jupiter is so big. I was also surprised to Pio's response when his mom told him to ask me what is Jupiter made off. He responded by saying that Jupiter is made of mostly Hydrogen and Helium.
|One of Pio's paintings.|
For those interested to contribute you may contact me here, or reach the exhibit curator Dara Solevilla at 09153023274.