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ALP MONTHLY MEETING REPORT
by James Kevin Ty
proceeded with their April monthly meeting last April 15th at the
Manila Planetarium despite a scheduled Caliraya stargazing session
held last night thus prevented many of those who join the overnight
session to attend due to lack of sleep. Several ALPers still attended the meeting.
They were James Kevin Ty, Peter Benedict Tubalinal, Bel Pabunan, Tommy Tan, Rafael Lunar,
and long lost astro-friend of James way back in the good old PAS days in the
mid 80s, Richard de Dios.
Richard was able to find the ALP webpage when he was able to read our colleague Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson's news article on Asteroid Kintanar at the 3 big Philippine newspapers namely Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Manila Bulletin. Edwelda, as they are popularly called, have been generous enough to indicate ALP official URL http://www.astroleaguephils.org at the end of their article. Richard then try visiting our webpage and got to see familiar faces at the ALP. From there, he was able to contact both James and Peter two days prior to the meeting. From that point, there is no turning back for him to join the ALP without any hesitation :) LOL Welcome aboard Richard! :) LOL
The meeting started at around 3:00pm with the usual H-Alpha solar observation with a Coronado PST telescope mounted on a Vixen GP-DX equatorial mount to track the Sun. The group was able to see a beautiful fountain (eruptive) prominence at the 9 O'clock position. As the members' eye get acquainted to the red light , Peter noted that there are 2 more smaller prominences on the other side of the Sun's disk opposite the said prominence. Although the weather was really hot that afternoon, the group nevertheless had a great time.
Then, they proceeded to the auditorium where ALP observation head Peter Benedict Tubalinal gave a short rundown on results and activities made by the group during the Messier Marathon event last month. Afterwards, Peter then presented the Messier Certificates to the participants who were present on that meeting. Among them were Tommy Tan, Rafael Lunar, Ma. Belen Pabunan, and last but not the least, the observation chairman himself who was able to complete the 110 Messier objects last March 17th. On behalf of the ALP, congratulations to the participants.
ALP president James Kevin Ty then made an overview of the other events that transpired last month like the elusive March 4 lunar eclipse whereas only James was able to document it in Legaspi City. The rest of the country were mostly clouded out. He also mentioned the designation of Asteroid Kintanar by the IAU thus adding another stellar great to the ranks of Filipinos having their name designated to an asteroid!
At around 5:30pm, the meeting was adjourned.
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