ALP February 08, 2009 Meeting Report
by James Kevin Ty


Last February 8, members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) held its monthly meeting at the Manila Planetarium.  Members who were present that day were James Kevin Ty with Dr. Charito Ty and son Kendrick Cole Ty, Dr. Jett Aguilar, Angie Tan, Alfonso Uy, Dr. Armando Lee, Vincent Lao, Tommy Tan, Edgar Ang,  Melisa Bata, Jomar Lacson , Brian Davis, Hernando Bautista, Andrew Ian Chan, Michelle Lampa, Alfredo Pascual , Dennis Buenviaje , Francis Sarmiento and  newest ALP member Antoinette Icot.

The meeting started at around 3:30pm with ALP President James Kevin Ty doing a video as well as powerpoint presentation on what to expect during a total solar eclipse. He used  his previous Oct 24, 1995 Total Eclipse  as well as other eclipse images taken by other eclipse chasers to illustrate the experience one can have when observing a total solar eclipse.

ALP President James Kevin Ty explaining to members what to expect during a total solar eclipse.

ALPers listen as James gave details on the solar eclipse expedition team logistics and costs.

Afterwards, he openly invited members to join the July 22, 2009 total solar eclipse expedition to Wuhan , China as he said it is one of the best  total solar eclipse not to be missed because of its long totality duration as well as its closeness to our country.  James, by the way is the Expedition Team Leader and will train the members en route to the E-Day on July 22.  Out of the members that will go to the trip, a 10-man research team will be setup to do special training so that they can perform scientific experiments as well as document to event with still and video footages.  ALP has decided to make Wuhan its official eclipse expedition site with auxiliary site to be setup at Shanghai.

Among the first batch of members that had confirm to join the team are : James, Dr. Jett Aguilar, Dr. Armando Lee, Henry So, Jun Lao, Eric Africa, Christopher Go, Tomio Akutsu, Angie Tan, Melisa Bata, Andrew Ian Chan, Brian Davis, Alfonso Sy, Alfredo Pascual, Alice Villa-Real, Francis Sarmiento, Antoinette Icot, Vincent Lao, Edgar Ang, Dennis Buenviaje and Tommy Tan.  Some of the member's family members are also expected to join the trip as well.  Since this is just the initial list, more members are expected to add to the list in the days to come.

For those who want to join the team, kindly inform Eclipse Team Leader James Kevin Ty at (0917) 8559863 of their full intention to join the trip in China.  Details and plans of the eclipse trip is tentatively withheld for further announcements.  So do contact him to get to know on the eclipse trip.

The meeting ended at around 6:30pm.


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