October 9, 2011 ALP Monthly
Last October 9,
members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines
(ALP) attended their monthly meeting at Manila
Planetarium despite hard rain and slight flooding in
some areas of Manila. Members who
attended were ALP President James Kevin Ty , Charito Ty and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty
, PRO Armando Lee, Mia Lee and son Jason Lee, directors
Rich Pijuan , Bel Pabunan, Christopher Louie Lu
and wife Karen and daughter Frances Lu, Arnel Campos ,
John Ray Cabrera , Norman Marigza, Joanne Quirante
Escober with daughters Charrie & Ricci Escober and Nel
Meeting started at around
3:30pm with ALP director Rich Pijuan continue her 4th
installment of her Astro Painting basic course which
tackles on cloud formations and sky. She showed
the members and their children on the different types of
cloud formations and also on how to draw them
This was followed by another
lecture by Special Events chairman Christopher Louie Lu
who touched on Orionid Meteor Shower as well as Ancient
Throughout the centuries, Chris
explained that Astronomy had achieved so much knowledge
from exploration and discovery. With the use of modern
and high tech instruments we can see, touch and smell
things that are way beyond our reach and still we know
so little of the unexplored universe. But this seem to
be not a problem to our ancient forebears who, without
the use of modern equipment, tried to understand not
just the natural world they lived in but the universe as
During the 4th to the 2nd
Millenias BCE, intellectual achievements were made by
different civilizations and cultures. It was era of the
Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians
intellect that flourished and expanded the known world.
But on the 1st Millenia BCE, it was no
question that it was the Greeks who conquered this era
in intellectual achievements. Though many famous Greek
thinkers and Philosophers has made their mark and
contributed a great deal in the field of mathematics,
literature, art and science, I would like to concentrate
on the Greek intellectuals who made great contributions
in the field of astronomy.
Thales – (c. 629 – 555 BCE) Known as the 1st
Philosopher and Scientist
He was the first to try to answer
questions such as “What is the Universe?” or “What is
life?” without invoking the supernatural
Pythagoras – (c. 580 – 500 BCE) He is known as
the 1st real mathematician.
He linked numbers (arithmetic) to shapes
(geometry) and ultimately to nature an astronomy.
He proposed that the spheres carrying
the Sun, Moon, planets & stars around the Earth are
harmonious & could be represented by numbers.
Plato – (c. 427 – 347 BCE) He believed that the
natural world is a imperfect representation of the
true Universe and so the only way to learn more of the
Universe is by logic & reason, rather than
He also stated that the sphere is the
perfect geometric shape and that all astronomical
bodies must be spherical and their motions circular.
Built & founded his school in 368 BCE,
naming it “the Academy”.
Aristotle – (c. 384 – 322 BCE) A pupil of
Plato, he tutored Alexander the Great.
His model of the Universe will go
unchallenged for the next 2000 years.
He recorded the first known views of
motion & gravity.
Considering the motions of the heavenly
bodies, he believed that the laws governing them are
different from the laws here on Earth. Where, here on
Earth, everything is to remain stationary, the motions
of the heavenly bodies were permanent and endless.
This meant that heavenly bodies move in circular
motion and at constant speeds.
ALPers attended the meeting
despite strong rains and some floodings in some
parts of Manila.
ALPer Rich Pijuan lectured on
her 4th installment of her Astro Painting series.
ALPers listen to the lectures
presented by 3 lecturers that afternoon.
ALPer Christopher Louie Lu
lectured on Orionid Meteor Shower and Ancient
Astronomy Part 1.
ALPer Rich Pijuan teaches the
Astro Kids on how to draw and paint different types
of cloud formations.
ALPer Armando Lee lectured on
how to use different weather updates to help prepare
plans for an observation session.
Lastly, ALPer Armando Lee gives
some pointers to the members on how to use the different
weather reports both local and international to help one
prepare and plan for an observation session. He
initially touched on how to select the best time and
sites to observe the daytime Sun as well as night time
objects such as the Moon , planets and deep sky objects.
Also touched by Armand is on how to analyze different
weather maps and measurements so that one can plan and
set a successful observing and imaging session.
The meeting ended at around