Monday, June 24, 2013

The Starburst Initiative

Today,  we are currently traveling to Camarines Sur for another Starburst activity. What began as a program for a star party evolved into a nationwide astronomy outreach program. The Rizal Technological University's Department of Earth and Space Sciences is currently engaged in conducting astronomy lectures and stargazing activities in different high-schools and colleges throughout the Philippines. We create linkages with the different schools in order to promote astronomy education and research, as well as  astronomy in general, to the Filipinos. The program also seeks to increase the experiences and technical skills of the BS Astronomy-Technology students involved by allowing them to deliver lectures and share their views of the night sky through RTU's telescopes. This program has allowed us an avenue for communicating astronomy to the public and inspiring others to take an interest for the wonders of the universe.

Astronomy for all :)

Starburst at Camarines Sur

Starburst at RTU, Mandaluyong

Starburst at Laguna

Starburst at Negros Occidental

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Reach for the Stars - Astronomy for All

The universe is vast and wide, a thing we all can share
It's yours, it's mine, it's everyone's; we all just have to care
The universe is quite a place for us to all explore
It holds more stars than all the grains within a sandy shore

We scan the skies with telescopes, and also satellites
Learning 'bout the properties of these distant points of light
We turn our eyes to outer space and see the past unfold
And from these clues we might decide just what the future holds

To every child, to every man, look up, spend time to gaze
To the heavens lying up above filled with wonder to amaze
Look up above and share the skies, the universe is for free
And learn the science of the stars through your curiosity

-Reach for the Stars by Norman Marigza

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

5 June 2013 - Solar Observation

This morning I setup the 8" Sky-Watcher SkyLiner with our intern from the University of Michigan and some BS Astro-Tech students for a solar observing session. Two sunspot groups were very prominent AR 1762 and AR 1764. Other sunspot groups were noticed later through imaging.

From our observations, the computed sunspot number R is 82.83 with 3 sunspot groups in the Northern Hemisphere (a 3rd with no AR designation as of 11 AM), and 3 sunspot groups in the Southern Hemisphere.