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ALP MONTHLY MEETING REPORT
by James Kevin Ty
The ALP had their monthly meeting last May 6th at the
Manila Planetarium. ALPers who were present at the meeting were James Kevin Ty, Peter Benedict Tubalinal, Bel
Pabunan, Nel Lagda, Tommy Tan, Dr. Jesus Torres and his son, Dante Cruz,
Jomar Lacson and his wife Elizabeth, newest members
Charisse Baldoria and Omar Turqueza.
The meeting started at around 3:00pm with the usual H-Alpha solar observation with a Coronado PST telescope mounted on a sturdy tripod. The group was able to see a numerous prominence near the AR953 sunspot group. 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 an interesting lecture on the origin of asteroids and comets. He discuss the difference between the 2 objects as well as their composition, etc. He later use a powerpoint presentation on how astronomers designate the official names of comets and asteroids. He also describe how an asteroid initial designation are arrived and also show a list of rules that he use as well as some formula and equation to derived on its alphanumerical designation.
Afterwards, ALP president James Kevin Ty then invited the members to join the May 12th stargazing session at PAGASA Observatory in UP-Diliman as well as the May 19th stargazing session at the dark skies of Caliraya, Laguna. Introduction of each ALPer were made so that new members will know the other members of the society.
At around 6:00pm, the meeting was adjourned.
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