October 17, 2010 ALP Monthly
Kevin Ty & Christopher Louie Lu
Last October 17, members of
the Astronomical League of the Philippines
(ALP) held their monthly meeting at the Manila
Planetarium at 3:00pm. Members who attended were
ALP President James Kevin Ty and son Kendrick Cole (KC) Ty,
PRO Armando Lee , Myra Lee and son Jason Lee,
director Angie Tan Carlsen & hubby Frank Carlsen, Belen Pabunan, Mark Ian Singson,
Tommy Tan, Nel Lagda and guest Ronald Sison.
Meeting started at around
3:30pm with ALPer Christopher Louie Lu presenting a
lecture on Asterism & Astro Folklore and Orionid Meteor
Shower. Below is his short summary of his lecture.
A star-pattern that is not a
constellation. Asterisms may be contained within a
single constellation or consist of stars belonging to
different constellations. An asterism may be composed of
stars from one or more of the official constellations.
Their mostly simple shapes and few stars make these
patterns easy to identify, and thus particularly useful
to those learning to familiarize themselves with the
traditional sacred story, typically revolving around the
activities of gods and heroes, which purports to
explain a natural phenomenon and cultural practice.
To the ancient
Greeks, Aquila was the servant of Zeus who held the
god's thunderbolts and performed errands for him. He may
also be the great eagle who devours Prometheus' liver as
punishment for giving fire to humans.
of Cygnus is uncertain. He could be Zeus in the guise in
which he seduced Leda, the mother of Helen of Troy.
Possibly the swan is Orpheus, transformed and set in the
sky to be near his harp. In one myth, Cygnus is a friend
of Phaethon, the son of Apollo, the sun god. Phaethon
fell into the river Eridanus, trying to drive the
sun-gods chariot. Cygnus dove repeatedly into the water
to search for Phaethon. Out of pity, Zeus turned the boy
into a swan.
Greek mythology, the lyre was invented by Hermes as a
child when he strung a tortoise shell. He traded the
lyre to Apollo, who then gave it to his son, Orpheus, a
great poet and musician. Some Asian traditions see the
bright star Vega as the Weaving-Princess star who
marries a shepherd, the star Altair.
The dog of the
giant hunter Orion who stands above it in the heavens.
He leads it in the chase of the hare (Lepus) or the fox
Orion was a
famed hunter, and in one story boasted that no creature
could kill him. Hera then sent a scorpion to sting the
hunter. Orion smashed the animal with his club, but not
before he was poisoned. Both are now on opposite sides
of the sky. They cannot be seen at the same time.
Zeus had fallen in
love, or lust, with Europa, a famously beautiful
princess of Phoenicia. When he approached her however,
with his amorous intentions, he was rejected by the
princess and sent away. Not one to be denied his
pleasures, Zeus took on the form of a gorgeous snow
white bull, and came to the princess while she was
relaxing in the garden with her attendants.
When she saw the bull
she was delighted, and she immediately ran over to pet
its back. Enjoying the animal so much, she even hopped
up on the bulls back for a ride. This is when Zeus
seized his opportunity, speeding off with her in tow,
leaping into the ocean, and swimming all of the way to
the island of Crete.
On Crete, Zeus revealed
his true identity, and gave her a variety of magical
gifts. This was too much for the princess, and she was
overwhelmed by his passionate desires. She later went on
to become the first queen of Crete.
whose stars form the "tail of the Bull" Taurus. The
sisters were placed amongst the stars by the god Zeus,
after the lustful giant Orion had pursued them across
the earth for seven years. Orion was also set in heaven,
but doomed to continue a futile chase for all eternity.
proceeded to give a short discussion on the Orionid
Meteor Shower which will peak more or less on October 21
but is not favorable because it is close to the Full
ALPer Chris Lu lectures on
Asterism & Astro Folklores
ALPer Chris Lu gave also a
summary of the upcoming Orionid Meteor Shower's
ALP PRO Armando Lee gave a
summary of the results of the just concluded 4th
IOAA competition in Beijing, China wherein he was
one of the 2 coaches that helped the Philippine team
got 2 honorable mentions in the said event.
ALP President James Kevin Ty
gave a summary of the just concluded 1st InOMN event
that was held at the AstroCamp Observatory in SM MOA
San Miguel by the Bay.
ALP President James Kevin Ty
also gave a full report of his Comet 103/P Hartley 2
recovery with fellow ALPer Andrew Ian Chan at PAGASA
ALPers relaxed & listened to
the several lectures and reports during the meeting.
ALP PRO Armando
Lee then gave a summary of the
IOAA that was held in
Beijing, China last September 12-21, 2010. During this
he Philippines got 2
honorable mentions on the said event. Armand was
designated one of the 2 coaches for the Philippine Team.
See related stories
ALP President James Kevin Ty
then gave a summary of the September 18th free
public Moon viewing that was held at AstroCamp Observatory in SM Mall of Asia San
Miguel by the Bay from 6:00pm to 9:00pm to celebrate the 1st
International Observing the Moon Night (InOMN). The
event was a great success with more than 400 viewers
getting their chance to observe the Moon for free
through low, medium and high power views. He also
thank fellow ALPers who help out in the event as well as
to Cutting Edge who provided dinner packs as well as
brought a telescope as well to help in the event.
Cutting Edge through Star Paper Corp is the official
Celestron dealer / distributor in the country. Thank you
all !!! See related report
Lastly, James also
reported on the successful recovery of the Comet 103/P
Hartley 2 made by him and fellow ALPer Andrew Ian Chan
at PAGASA Observatory in UP Diliman. He reported
that the comet was not visible through naked eye and
binoculars and was only visible photographically in
sub-urban area. They intend to observe and image
it again next time on October 28 under the dark skies of
The meeting ended at around