ALP June 7, 2009 Meeting Report
by James Kevin Ty


Last June 7, 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 , Angie Tan,  Dr. Armando Lee, wife Mia and son Jason, Tommy Tan,  Andrew Ian Chan, Dennis Buenviaje ,  Aileen Rose Sasot , Bel Pabunan, Soriano Lim and friends Alex Yu and Eric, Lou Balayan, Desiree del Rosario , Rome Candaza & brother Arjay Candaza , Rich Pijuan, Nicole Callanta , Romel Palacpac, and  newest ALP members Berenice Viola Chan, Zareer Contractor, Christopher Lee, Wilbert Palma, Roldan de Guia, Johnny Quinto, wife Alpha and daughters Jaime & Jemimah Quinto.

Prior to the start of the meeting, some team members of the ALP Wuhan Eclipse Team had a dry run of their setup and it lasted from 2:30-4:00pm. 

The meeting proper started at around 4:00pm with members giving a short introduction to each other as there are many new members that joined up that afternoon.  Afterwards, ALP President James Kevin Ty  made a power point presentation entitled "July 22, 2009 Total Solar Eclipse - An overview of the event from Wuhan and Philippines."

He made an overview  of the eclipse itself and first discussing where the eclipse is visible on Earth as well as where totality will cross.  Afterwards,  he discuss the different stages of a total solar eclipse and what to expect from viewing a total solar eclipse at the totality path.  He said that this eclipse is the same Saros 136 as that of the June 10, 1955 Total Solar Eclipse that was visible in Manila.

ALP President / Eclipse Expedition Team Leader James Kevin Ty (center) with team members (L-R) Dr. Armando Lee, Johnny Quinto, Zareer Contractor and Andrew Ian Chan and their eclipse setups.

ALP members made personal introductions to fellow members before the start of the meeting.

He also tackled on how to view the eclipse safely as well as how to image the eclipse.  He then invited members and visitors to join him as well as other ALP members going to Wuhan on July 20 to observe and image the eclipse.  Lastly, James gave an updates on the activities as well as training schedules that will follow starting this month till E-Day.  Among ALPers who had confirmed and booked their slots to the team were James Kevin Ty, Dr Jett Aguilar, , Andrew Ian Chan, Zareer Contractor, Francisco Lao, Jr. & Johnny Quinto's  Family .  Dr. Armando Lee  & Francis Sarmiento will have separate flight skeds to Wuhan as well.  Expected to join them at Wuhan are Angie Tan, Soriano Lim, Berenice Viola Chan, Dennis and Ryan Buenviaje.

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. This si also open to non ALP members who are interested to join them as well.  Details and plans of the eclipse trip is tentatively withheld for further announcements.  So do contact him asap to get to know on the eclipse trip. The meeting ended at around 6:00pm.


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