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Nice... nice

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (1)

I just received this text from Engr. Dacanay after they met with Andre Germain and wife Lievan at a hotel in Ermita tonight (Sept. 15) to receive Andre's donation.

 

"Got it! Such a wonderful guy. Such a nice telescope. Such a nice organization. Such a nice evening. Such a nice feeling. Such and such and such... Last load."

 

Thank you very much, Andre. You made everyone at PAS happy.

Re Mars Same Size as Moon?

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM Comments comments (0)

From Sharon Fangonon

 

I thought someone ought to make a computation of how much closer Mars would have to move away from its current orbit in order to be as large as the Moon.

 

Let's see if I can figure it out with some back-of- the-envelope computations. The moon is around 27% the size of Earth and it's around 30 times as far as the Earth's diameter. Mars is 53% the size of Earth.

 

On the average, the Moon is 384,400 km from the Earth. At Mars' closest approach in 2003 (perihelic opposition), it was 55,758,006 km from Earth. At that distance it wasn't even a tiny disc to the naked eye. If it's a simple ratio and proportion, then Mars ought to be 750,553 kms away from Earth to be the size of the Moon.

 

The average distance of Mars from the sun is 227,700,000 km. Earth's is 149,500,000 km. That's a difference of 78,200,00 km. This means Mars' new orbit should have a radius of around 150,250,000 km. That's only 59 Earth diameters away instead of the normal perihelic distance of 4,370 Earth diameters away.

 

I don't know what sort of catastrophic event would push Mars closer to the sun. Maybe a huge meteor strike? It would probably be catastrophic for the solar system and Earth, too. Even if Earth doesn't get struck, I wonder what sort of havoc the gravitational pull of a very close planet would mean.

 

Sharon

Star Trails at Basilan

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM Comments comments (0)

Just arrived from Basilan on an assignment. The sky's clear. Nighttime, I

left my cam at the rooftop of the hut we spent the night. The result:

 

 

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o179/abbeymanila/Basilan/RRRstar.jpg

 

I did only this shot (nighttime) as its too dangerous to venture outside

during nighttime up to early mornings. You can view my full Basilan gallery:

 

http://s120.photobucket.com/albums/o179/abbeymanila/Basilan/

 

ROLAND R. ROLDAN

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The Perseids Prepeak

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 11:27 PM Comments comments (0)

I couldn't believe my eyes when I went up the roofdeck last night (Aug. 12).  I saw a meteor right away, and there above me is the Milky Way in all its glory! It was a moonless night too so every constellation was in full view.

 

Ooops. Perseids was promising indeed. It didn't fail us despite its prepeak day. After 1 AM, meteors came like every minute I think, so our screams (my brother and I) must have jolted the sleeping neighbors. It was my first time to see wavy meteors. There were fast streaks and long yellow ones as well. They came from all over. Saw a bolide too.

 

I couldn't concentrate because my brother kept on telling stories about history, science, other meteor showers they saw when they were kids, beliefs attached to meteors, etc. etc., so I missed on some that he saw. He said that they chased earthgrazers they saw along the river then when they were kids because they were told that if they catch these with the hands and/or swallow them, they'll acquire some superpowers (belief came from a Fernando Poe movie I think).

 

At 2:30 AM though, just when the shower is supposed to be at best viewing, my brother was already complaining of intense hunger. I was afraid to be alone (a house worker recently died), so I had to go down with him.

 

I just hope that tonight's sky will still be as clear as last night's. We may go to the farm where the sky will be in 360-deg view and have a picnic, or go up the roofdeck just the same. This time with eats and drinks.

I Killed Fr. Galdon

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

by Victor L Badillo, SJ

 

One evening, Fr. Asandas Balchand (Province Prefect of Health) came to me right after he had visited Joe Galdon across the corridor.

 

He said, “Joe is dying. He is just waiting for some one before he dies.” I had seen an ever increasing number of visitors and there was that feeling in the air when the end is near. No one wanted to come late. I remembered what our neighbor in Singalong, Dr Amparo Sanchez, told me. “I told my aunt. ‘Tia Cale, malaki na ang mga pamangkin ninyo. May mga asawa at anak na sila. Inalagaan ninyo ng mahusay. Maari na kayong magpahinga.” (Aunt Cale, your nephews and nieces are all grown up. They are married and have families. You brought them up good and responsible persons. It is alright to rest now.) In a short time she quietly passed away, though she was healthy. It was as if she had just willed to die.”


I thought of these coincidences: Balch coming to me. His message. What Amparo told me. Why me? Was Joe waiting for a close relative, a close friend? Was it I Joe is waiting for? I got the strength from the light to cross the corridor. I said to Joe, “Joe, I love you. I want you to live and get well. But you have suffered long and much. It is time to rest, to be with Jesus. Let me give you my blessing. May the almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you. Amen” Joe has not been able to communicate in any way. He could not have heard what I said.

 

Before dawn, the visitor Joe has been waiting for came. I came to nudge him to death. Jesus to bring everlasting life. No Alzheimer’s disease, nor thrones nor principalities, nor anything over the earth or under the earth, could prevent him from heeding . “Let us home, Joe. To my father and to your father.”


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Upcoming and Past PAS Events

2017

May 6-7   -  BigHandys Grounds Overnight  Stargazing

April 22-23 -  BigHandys Grounds Overnight Stargazing

March 19  -  Free Telescope and Celestial Navigation Workshop for members only at Semicon Bldg, Pasig.

February 11-18  -  2017 National Astronomy Week celebration at San Beda, Manila

February 4-5  -  Overnight Stargazing at Big Handys Grounds, Tanay, Rizal

2016

December 10-11 -  Geminid Meteor Shower Observation and Stargazing at BigHandys Grounds, Tanay.

October 21-23 - PAS Astronomy- Ecotourism Pilgrimage at Monreal, Masbate.

October 8  -  Monthly Meeting at Miriam College High School

September 24 - Monthly meeting at Immaculate Conception Parish School, Malabon (cancelled)

August 27 - Monthly meeting at QC Science Interactive Center ner SM Annex, Bago Bantay, QC

July 30 - Meeting and lecture/ Election of BOD at Adamson University in collaboration with the Physics Society of Adamson University

July 23 - National Museum Tour

June 25 - Monthly Meeting and Lecture at Polytechinc University of the Philippines, Main Campus, Claro M. Recto Hall, Teresa St., Manila from 2 to 5pm. Required pre-registration on or before June 18, 2016. open to PAS members and non-members.

May 7-8   -   Stargazing and Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Observation at BigHandy's Grounds, Tanay, Rizal

April 21-24  -  PAS Goes to Ilocos, a 3day, 2 night tour of Ilocos. Aside from the tours of sights and interests in Ilocos, PAS may observe the peak of the Lyrids meteor shower at a beach on the night of April 22 or 23.

March 9      -   Partial Solar Eclipse Observation at Manila Observatory from 6am to 10am.

February 13-20  - National Astronomy Week Celebration, De La Salle University, Taft and Miriam College High School, katipunan Quezon City

January 23  -  Free PAS lectures 2-5 pm at De la Salle University Taft Avenue, Manila

January 16   -  Search for Comet Catalina at Manila Observatory roofdeck

2015

Dec. 12-13  - PAS Geminids overnight observation at Big Handy's Grounds, Tanay

Nov 28     - PAS Lectures 2-5 pm at Philippine Normal University, Taft Avenue, Manila

Oct. 17 - Regular monthly meeting at Miriam College High School, 2-5 pm

Sept. 29 - "Lecture" at Alejandro Roces Science Tech High School (3pm-5pm)

Sept. 12 - BOD meeting at PAS office, Semicon Bldg. Pasig City

Sept. 5  -  "Lecture" at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela (12pm - 2pm & 3pm-5pm)

August 29    - Monthly meeting and Election of officers at PUP, Sta. Mesa campus

May 30-31   -  ALVIERA BRIGHTSCAPE CAMPFEST, SandBox, Porac, Pampanga.

May 23       -   Guided PAS tour of 150th Anniversary Manila Observatory exhibits

May 16-17  -  Overnight stargazing at Big Handy;s Grounds, Cuyumbay, Tanay

April 23-26  - PAS 3d/2n Trip to Puerto Galera, Mindoro

April 21  -

PAS APRIL MONTHLY MEETING

WHEN - APRIL 21 (Tuesday) 2-4 PM

WHERE - East Asia-FEU Morayta

Details to come. Please pre-register with Hernan Dizon at 09184638951. Note: strict compliance is requested.

March 21 - PAS Regular Monthly Meeting at PUP (Polytechnic University of the Philippines) from 1:30-5:00 PM at PUP Main Campus, Teresa St. Sta. Mesa, Mla to be held at Hyundai AudioVisual Rm, Charlie del Rosario Bldg.

March

February 14-21 - National Astronomy Week. Opening activities/competitions at Oz Bldg, Adamson University, San Marcelino St., Manila. See NAW Poster at Home page and at NAW 2015 page.

January 31 PAS observed the five visible planets - Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Comet Lovejoy at Manila Observatory roofdeck, Ateneo de Manila Univ, Loyola Heights, QC. Overnight observation will start at 6pm January 31Saturday to 5am Sunday February 1. Comet Lovejoy viewing will be once in a lifetime because it will be seen again on Earth after 8000 years.

January 24  - PAS Monthly Meeting at De La Salle University, Taft from 1:30 to 5:00pm held at St. Joseph Building, 5th Flr.

HOW TO BECOME A PAS MEMBER

Your interest in astronomy is your only requirement to become a PAS Member. PAS will teach you all the rest and you will learn from the organization all the how-tos and astronomy info by joining meetings and events. You need not have a telescope of your own.

Please do the following:

1. Download Membership form from Members Page or Membership Form Page.

2. Fill out membership form and attach a photo.

3. Deposit your 500p initial membership fee to PAS BPI Checking  acct 3081111722.

4. Email your scanned deposit slip, filled-out membership form, and separate ID photo to [email protected] .

5. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN JOINING PAS!!!

GOOD NEWS EXCLUSIVELY FOR PAS MEMBERS ONLY

The following are now what you get as a PAS member:

PAS ID needed to claim discounts

1. PAS ID

2. PAS Membership Certificate

3. PAS button pin

4. PAS Membership Handbook

5. Free participation in all PAS events where nonmembers pay a joining fee.

6. Free entrance to the National Museum Planetarium during their scheduled showings.

7. 10% discount on Celestron scopes and accessories in all Cutting Edge Stores.

8. 50% discount on your tektite purchase from a tektite collector/supplier. Available during PAS meetings and events.

9. 10% discount at Califruits and Blooms Flowershop. Order online or call owner Maitz Aquino at 09052354805 or at 09474300940.

10. 5% discount from your package adventures, mountain climbs, travel/hotel bookings from CHOOSE US TRAVEL based in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. Please contact the proprietor/manager Lucille Teleron at 099885924528.

11. 5% discount at Pizza Volante, Session Road, Baguio City through owner PASer John Nassr.

12. 30% discount at Golden Leaf Spa at Semicon Building in Pasig City.

13. 10% discount at Art of Taco - Mexican restaurant located at the 2nd floor of Light Mall in Mandaluyong. They will eventually branch out nationwide. Contact 9411102, www.artoftaco.com.

14. 10% discount at Hainanese Delights (famous for their unlimited Hainan rice)  located at 2nd Floor, Robinsons Forum Pioneer, Mandaluyong. Contact Manager Lance Tambalque at 09158875235.

15. 10% discount at Balai B + B - Located at 53 Burgos st. Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Balai b+b Hotel is close to all - market, church, stores, schools, etc. Landline is 078-844-5283; Globe, 09158543370. Please contact Hotel Manager Oscar Lavadia.

16. The Mind Museum

P950 discounted rate for three (3) Weekday All Day Pass Gift Certificate (originally at P2,250) to all members. A maximum sale of ten (10) All Day Pass Gift Certificate are allowed per person. Promo is only available during booth activation in a PAS gathering.

17. 10% discount at Mindoro Korea Beach Resort (with swimming pool) at White Beach, Puerto Galera. Please contact Manager Alvin Consaludo at 09279581010 or at 09202366744.

18. Discount on your local and international airfares/ bus fares nationwide. Call Hanguk Travel Express at (02) 239 7208. Or pm Proprietor PASer Lamer Morales. Agency address: 497 N. Cruz St., Palatiw, Pasig 1600.

19. 15% discount at Luisa's Lodge at White beach, Oriental Mindoro. Call Lodge owner Luisa Mendoza at 09064788567, 9322339705, 09493985825. Their lodge has hot and cold water.

20. 15% discount at Crown Lodge Beach Hotel, Station 2, Boracay. Please call Manager Joam Rosal at 09179242930 or at 09075492995.

21. 15% discount at Tonglen Beach Resort at Boracay, with swimming pool, 3 min-walk to Station 2 beach. Call Manager Ivy first at (63) (36) 2883457/ 2885190; Fax# (63) (36) 2883919; email [email protected]; website: www.boracaytonglen.com.

22. 15% discount at Conquer Outdoor Equipment, 2nd level, Robinsons Pioneer Mall, cor. Edsa and Pioneer5 St., Mandaluyong City. Ph: 7470726. Other store at Fairview Terraces Branch, Quezon City. Or check Conquer Online Store. Website: https//iprice.ph/conquer.




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