August 4, 2013 ALP Monthly
Kevin Ty & Christopher Louie Lu
Last August 4,
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 , Nathaniel Custodio, Mark Vornhusen and wife Arlene Vornhusen;
Justine Garcia, Jason Comia, Katrina Fernando, Marlon
Monzon, Bel Pabunan. Liza Quitlong, Max Zabanal & new
members Amado Maralit and Jake Ramos.
started at around 3:00pm with ALP
Secretary Christopher Louie Lu giving a lecture on
"Stories from the Stars." Chris said
when he said “Stories”, what he really meant are
myths. What are Myths? Myths are traditional sacred
story, typically revolving around the activities of gods
and heroes, which purports to explain a natural
phenomenon or cultural practice and in this manner that
the ancient Greeks understand and view the world around
them. They also view their gods and heroes
differently from us today. Their heroes was viewed not
as a distant memory of centuries past, they are seen as
a real person who lived during their lifetime. That is
one of the reason why they so easily emulate heroes such
as Hercules, Odysseus. Their gods in the other-hand
lived among them here on Earth and not from a distant
lofty height. Also by giving their gods human flaws such
as anger, jealousy, lust, their gods has become more
mortal than immortal.
STORIES FROM THE STARS:
Clash of the Titans
Cepheus – King of a land called
Ethiopia in Greek myth.
Cassiopeia - Wife of King Cepheus.
She was very pretty, and would often brag that she and
her daughter were more beautiful than the sea nymphs,
Cetus ( Sea Monster) - The sea
monster sent by Poseidon to devour Andromeda.
Pegasus - Pegasus represents the
white, winged horse of Greek mythology. The story behind
Pegasus begins with the battle between Perseus and
Medusa. When Perseus severed Medusa's head, drops of
blood fell into the sea. They mixed with sea foam, and
Pegasus was born.
Perseus - a Greek hero most famous
for his slaying of Medusa. With the help of Hermes'
wings and Athena's shield, Perseus killed Medusa without
looking at her.
Scorpio - Is known in mythology as
the killer of the mighty hunter Orion.
Orion - Many different civilizations
saw this constellation in the sky. The most famous
stories come from Greek and Roman myths. 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.
Canis Major & Canis Minor –
Traditionally known as the hunting dogs of Orion but the
bright star Sirius is also known as the Egyptian
Gemini – Twin Sons of Leda, Brothers
of Helen of Troy. Pollux, as the son of a god (Zeus),
was immortal and was renowned for his strength, while
his mortal brother (King Tyndarus) Castor was famous for
his skill with horses. Both brothers are believed to
have joined the Argonauts in search of the golden fleece
and they also took part in the sacking of Troy to bring
their sister back to Menelaus. The most common
explanation for their presence in the heavens is that
Pollux was overcome with sorrow when his mortal brother
died, and begged Jupiter to allow him to share his
immortality. Jupiter, acknowledging the heroism of both
brothers, consented and reunited the pair in the
Auriga - Auriga represents
Hephaestus, the blacksmith god, who was lame and
invented the chariot so as to easily travel wherever he
wanted. Capella is associated with the mythological
she-goat Amalthea. Amalthea is believed to be the
foster-mother of Zeus while he was hiding from his
Taurus - Zeus developed romantic
intentions toward Europa, who was not impressed and
would have nothing to do with the god. Pulling a slight
of hand, Jupiter changed himself into a white bull and
wandered towards Europa who was picking flowers in a
nearby field. Europa was impressed and petted the snowy
white coat and finally got on the bull's back.
Immediately the bull dashed away and bore the helpless
Europa back to Crete. There, Jupiter revealed himself.
Whether Europa was impressed by Jupiter's shape shifting
abilities or Jupiter himself, she married him. Taurus is
said to represent that bull.
Pleiades - One story tells that they
were the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. When
Atlas was given the task of holding the world on his
shoulders, the daughters were so grief stricken that the
gods felt sorry for them and transformed them into the
Cygnus – Is believed to be Zeus
disguised as a swan to seduce Leda, the mother of the
twin brothers Pollux and Castor and their sister Helen
the ancient Greeks, Aquila was the servant of Zeus who
held the god's thunderbolts and performed errands for
According to 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.
Virgo – Demeter and Persephone.
Libra – Believed to be the scales of
Astrea, goddess of law and order.
Leo – the lion killed by hercules as
one of his twelve tasks to redeem himself from killing
his own family. Pyramus and Thisbe.
Ophiuchus - In Greek myth, Ophiuchus
represents the god of medicine, Asclepius. Asclepius was
the son of Apollo. He learned how to bring people back
from the dead, which worried Hades. The god of the
underworld asked his brother Zeus to kill the medicine
god. Zeus did strike him dead, but then put the figure
of Asclepius in the sky to honor him.
This was followed by another
interesting lecture by ALPer Nathaniel Custodio who
discussed on the second part of his imaging lecture
entitled "DSO Imaging with DSLR with Tips & Techniques in IRIS Software
Processing." He started out by introducing the
DSLR as one of the most commonly used consumer camera
that is both easy to use as well as handle. He
also touched on the pros and cons of the DSLR compare to
the dedicated CCD astro cameras. He then gave good
pointers on how to start image acquisition and what
correct procedures needed to get yourself a nice
deep sky object (DSO) image for you to be proud of.
He then touched on some basic procedure on how to get
started with an astro image processing software called
IRIS. He has a scheduled Part 3 on October monthly
meeting to discuss more in detail on how to set the basic
settings on IRIS software.
President James Kevin Ty inform the members of the
organization's plans to come out with its 10th year
anniversary Souvenir Yearbook and encourage members to
submit their articles and images for use on the planned
yearbook which will come out this September in time for
their anniversary party. James also
The meeting ended at around