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Posted on October 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM

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Meteoric feedback from PAS guests who attended our recent Camelopardalid observation at Manila Observatory and the stargazing at Clark, Pampanga.

 

1. From Rommel Alindao (Science teacher of a Islamic School in Dasmarias, Cavite)

 

" Thank you. I had an unforgettable learning experience with the wonderful people of PAS, i feel proud and its an honor to b with your group. im a hskul science teacher."

 

2. Last night was my first time to see very closely the stars in the sky. It was an amazing experience to view what is in the sky at night. Very noticing is the Planet Saturn which i clearly viewed even its ring. Me and my partner rheana enjoyed so much the presentation by PAS through Cris/Hernan and Coleman Phils. Surely on their next event we will be joining them again... Thank you so much.

 

Eugene Caballero

May 24-25 Clearwater Clark Pampanga Philippines

 

3. A write-up from Jan Marvin Goh of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela -

 

Camelopardalid

 

Jan Marvin Goh

 

If a single shooting star can grant a single wish, how many more could a meteor shower possibly would?

 

It was May 23rd back then when PASers, Professors, lovers of spectacle, and we PLVians, squealed our rants of happiness upon the warmest welcome given by Ma’am. Victoria and Sir Ian as we joined our ways onto the roof terrace of Manila Observatory. Who would have known what tonight’s sky reserved for us? Our curiously-mastering-the-science-of-the-stars hearts were filled with excitement, joy, and mystery (perhaps) upon waiting for the “Cosmic Debris” to dance along the night sky. Mats were stretched. Foods were opened; Telescopes were set by Sir Josuel, PAS President, Sir Reginald, and others. Everybody were settled listening to the lectures of Prof. Ed. Some challenged themselves not to fall into their naturally installed mortal feature of sleeping. Others enjoyed clicking buttons on their high-end DSLRs. Although most of us were losing hope of not seeing the grandeur of the spectacle that was expected, there was one hurrying line drawn into the heaven. The line’s cameo appearance gave hope to our weary eyes. Expecting there could be more; we opened our eyes a lot wider and drank coffee as to avoid any chances of another line making fun of us. If that line was lightning, we would not bother going into the event, but Alas! These things were not. Moreover, lectures about the stories and science of the constellations, asterisms, and other stuffs that I could not barely understand because of the jargons used were being clarified to us. The clarifications done were quite very much outstanding that even someone who simply loves the night sky will not look and feel like a caveman (by standards).

 

We knew how to measure time, find directions, locate the planets, use laser pointers as laser swords, temporarily blind others by flashing light into their eyes, and laugh our hearts with colleagues in just a single warm, bright night. Patience, patience, and patience were exercised just like waiting for your special someone on a candle-lit, restaurant like date. Horror stories, laughs, inquiries, food-trips, and being awake led us in mastering the art of being “Patient.”

 

Time passed slowly. Stars moved degree by degree, but still there are no signs of you-know-what. The universe knew when to annoy us sometimes; I mean most of the times. For some people who actually wished they could gaze upon a single shooting star on the entirety of their life, a meteor shower could have been better, but sadly, as the sun of May 24th slowly conquered the 23rd’s heaven, only the birds slashed their way on the horizon.

They say when we look up and let our eyes be one with the stars; we are looking at our past. I said no, for this time I am looking directly at the wonder of 3 awe-inspiring meteors, as bright as the planet Jupiter. Although these meteors are not showers, just droplets, my heart is filled with joy as I write this essay, and yes! It is May 25 on our rooftop. Still, our wishes are granted. Cheers!


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