ALP August 10, 2008 Meeting Report
by James Kevin Ty
Last August 10,
members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) had their
regular monthly meeting at the Manila Planetarium. Among the
members who attended the meeting were James Kevin Ty , Dr. Jett Aguilar, Dr.
Armando Lee , wife Mia and son Jason, Melisa Bata, Angie Tan, Ma.
Belen Pabunan, Jomar Lacson, Edgar Ang, Peter Benedict Tubalinal, Theodore
Marc Gutierrez , Joel Limcangco , Hernando Bautista, Tommy Tan, Kristy Anne
Abello and newest member Aran Lester Rueda.
The meeting started at around 3:00pm with ALP president James
Kevin Ty welcoming the members as well as introducing the lecturers for that
afternoon , ALP Observation chairman Peter Benedict Tubalinal and Dr.
Armando Lee. Peter started out with the basic topic on Astronomy
Terminologies. This was done to teach specially the newbies and
beginners some of the basic terms of astronomy such as how to differentiate
terms such as transit, occultation, eclipse, conjunction, opposition,
ALPers chat with each other as they wait for other members to arrive.
ALPers looked up the planetarium dome to view the powerpoint
presentation made by Peter Tubalinal.
Afterwards, Armando give an interesting lecture on
Life of Stars, a simplified version of stellar evolution that uses more of
animations and graphics rather than mathematical approach in helping
understand the birth and death of stars. Members easily absorbed his
lecture well as he use very basic terms in trying to explain each stage of
life of different types of stars.
James then proceeded with inviting fellow members
to observe and image the upcoming August 17th Partial Lunar Eclipse at the
roof deck of the PAGASA Observatory in UP-Diliman. ALPers will start
to setup their telescopes as well as cameras at around 10:00pm of August
16th. But due to the bad weather we are having lately,
everyone hope and pray that it will be clear that morning to observe the
Then, ALP Ways and Means Chairperson Melisa Bata
then gave a short rundown on the status of ad solicitation for the
organization's upcoming 5th anniversary souvenir yearbook. The meeting ended
at around 6:00pm.
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