November 11, 2012 ALP Monthly
Kevin Ty & Christopher Louie Lu
Last November 11,
members of the Astronomical League of the Philippines
(ALP) held their monthly meeting at Manila
Planetarium. Members who attended were ALP
President James Kevin Ty and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty ,
Secretary Christopher Louie Lu , wife Karren and
daughter Frances; PRO Armando Lee, wife Mia and
son Jason Lee; Ma. Belen Pabunan , Liza
Quitlong , Arnel Campos , Mike Enage, Oliver de
Guzman, Jan Karlo Hernandez, Ronald Sison, Mark
Vornhusen & Arlene Armenton ; and Norman Marigza Members
of the RTU AstroSoc who were there was well were Ruby
Anne dela Cruz , Maryfe Albaya, Jeroh Hiyastro,
Margareth Custodio , Jonah Micah Inguito , Ma. Christina
Nunez , Mitchie Anne Richelle Kenept , Macky Villa, Paul
Jason Prestoza, Jeron Lamatao and Jerome Java.
started at around 3pm with
ALP Secretary Christopher Louie Lu sharing a
video as well as lecture discussion entitled "Cosmic
Connection by Lawrence Krauss."
Lawrence Maxwell Krauss (born May
27, 1954) is a Canadian-American theoretical physicist
who is a professor of physics, Foundation Professor of
the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director
of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He
is the author of several bestselling books, including
The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. He
is an advocate of scientific skepticism, science
education, and the science of morality. - (Wikipedia.org)
In Lawrence Krauss' lecture he
talks about Cosmic Connections, how we are connected to
the universe, to each other and ultimately, to
everything else. First he described how we are connected
to the universe in the most intimate way. Massive stars,
unlike our own local star, burn through their hydrogen
supply faster. So instead of billions of years, massive
stars burn out in just millions of years. When the
massive star uses up its hydrogen supply the star starts
to collapse into itself and starts to burn helium, when
helium burns out, the star collapses again and starts to
burn nitrogen, then oxygen, then silicon, till finally
the star creates iron. At this point the star has no
longer any fuel to burn and when it collapses on itself
one last time the star explodes creating a supernova.
This violent event not only releases the elements that
the star created during its life time but it also
creates other heavier elements and it is these elements
that is created us into existence. The Calcium in our
bones, the Iron in our Blood, the Oxygen that we breath,
the nitrogen in our DNA, all this came from a massive
star that went supernova. So we are all created from the
elements that came from stars, we are literally 'made of
The Second Cosmic Connection that
Lawrence Krauss described tried to answer the question
'how did life start here on Earth?' Currently, there are
several theories on how this happened. But Back in
1996, a meteorite was discovered in Antarctica that is
believed to come from the planet Mars. We know its from
Mars because we sent probes to Mars before and analyzed
its rocks and soil content and the meteorite found in
Antarctica contains the same content. (The meteorite is
now known as ALH 84001). What's fascinating about
ALH84001 is not that it came from Mars but what they
found inside. Under the electron-microscope, scientist
believed that they have found traces of microbial life.
What this means that maybe life didn't star here on the
surface of Earth. Maybe life was seed here by means of
Panspermia (this is the hypothesis that life exists
throughout the Universe, distributed by meteoroids,
asteroids and planetoids. - definition from
Wikipedia.org) This theory has its advocates and its
doubters because its still a very controversial issue
among scientist. But the point is that if life 'did'
start this way then all life here on Earth are
descendants of microbes found out in deep space.
The Third Cosmic Connection is how
we are connected by breathing in air and drinking water.
For example, each breath you take in, there is an
average of 10 oxygen atoms that every person breathed
who has ever lived on this planet. This means that you
have breathed in atoms of every living being that ever
Finally, is the connection of how
GPS (Global Positioning System) works and how this
technology uses the Einstein's theory of General and
Special Relativity to get us to where we want to go
anywhere on Earth.
ALPers and RTU AstroSoc
members watch the video lecture entitled Cosmic
Collision by Lawrence Krauss.
ALP Secretary Chirstopher
Louie Lu then proceeded with lecture discussion of
the Cosmic Collision video.
ALPers listen to Louie's
explanation of the video.
ALP President James Kevin Ty
discuss organization matters like the upcoming
general meeting / election / and Xmas Party
preparation with fellow members.
Lastly, ALP President James Kevin
Ty discussed the December 9 ALP General Meeting /
Election / Xmas Party . ALP directors / member
that will seek a fresh new 3 year term are Jett Aguilar,
Arnel Campos, Armando Lee , Edward Eli Tan and Alfonso
Uy. Only 4 will be chosen for the new term.
Also discussed were potluck lunch preparations, Bingo or
Exchange Gift as well as the November 28th
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse which will occur in the early
Meeting ended at around 6:00pm.