August 3, 2014 ALP Monthly
Kevin Ty , Edge Lat & Christopher Louie Lu
Last August 3 ,
members of the Astronomical League of the
(ALP) held their monthly meeting at Manila
Planetarium. Members who attended were ALP
President James Kevin Ty ,VP Jett Aguilar, Secretary Christopher
Louie Lu and daughter Frances ; Auditor Edgar Ang,
directors Mike Enage & Gary Andreassen ; Edge Lat,
Justine Garcia , Jason Comia , Val Villanueva, Dodi
Maralit, Miguel Cajita, Ronald Sison, Manu Goseco, Mark
Ian Singson, Shubhashish Banerjee, Saju Pillai ; Bel Pabunan,
Liza Quitlong and Princess
Tucio of Manila Planetarium and guests Kristine Jane
Atienza and Danielle Gascon of UP AstroSoc.
Meeting started at
around 3:15pm with ALP Secretary Christopher Louie
Lu presenting the astro highlights for the month of
August. This August we will be treated by the following
2014, Sunday – Moon and Mars are in conjunction at 6:45
2014, Monday – Moon and Saturn are in conjunction at
2014, Wednesday – Moon and Antares are in conjunction at
2014, Thursday – Saturn is at its best evening
visibility with a vMag: 0.6.
2014, Monday – Full Moon occurs at 2:07 with its
smallest distance of 357,099 km.
2014, Tuesday – Moon and Neptune in conjunction at 4:28
2014, Wednesday –The Perseids Meteor Shower reach their
maximum activity. You can expect to see 100 meteors an
hour under ideal circumstances.
Tips on observing
Know where & when to find the Perseids.
Find a place away from bright lights & air
Wear warmly & comfortably. Bring coffee or
chocolate to keep warm.
To observe in comfort, use a reclining
chair or lay on the ground. DO NOT USE A MONOBLOC CHAIR.
2014, Thursday – Moon and Uranus in conjunction at 11:38
2014, Sunday – Last Quarter Moon.
2014, Monday – Moon and Pleiades in conjunction at 1:57
2014 – Venus and Jupiter in conjunction at 5:13 am.
2014, Tuesday – Moon and Aldebaran in conjunction at
2014, Friday – Best visibility for east Earthshine just
2014, Wednesday – Mars and Saturn in conjunction at 9:22
2014, Friday – Best visibility for west Earthshine just
2014, Saturday – Moon and Spica in conjunction at 8:12
ALPer Edge Lat made his first time lecture on " An
Introduction to Archaeoastronomy ."
The study of the
astronomical practices, celestial lore, mythologies,
religions and world-views of all ancient cultures we
define these as Archaeoastronomy. We like to describe
Archaeoastronomy, in essence, as the "anthropology of
astronomy", to distinguish it from the "history of
Or simply Archaeoastronomy considers other cultures'
symbolically rich cultural interpretations of phenomena
in the sky it uses a variety of methods to uncover
evidence of past practices including archaeology,
anthropology, astronomy, statistics and probability, and
From ancient people of the Sumerian, Babylonian, Mayan,
Egyptian and many more all over the globe have
consistently practicing and studying astronomy as their
way of life as believed to be the meanings of the sky
which varies from culture to culture; nevertheless there
are scientific methods which can be applied across
cultures when examining ancient beliefs. This phenomenon
correlates the celestial alignment or events from their
cultures, which they had recorded it in various ways
such as stone tablet, caves, rock formations, brass
plates and sometimes with gold plated materials.
All this data strongly and consistently shows all
balance both social and scientific aspects of
Archaeoastronomy. Even on the doorstep of our future
time these symbolic data can be still found all over the
world in gothic architectural cathedral, buildings,
sacred & symbolic places.
Some of the archeological sites in Chichen Itza Mexico,
the Great Pyramid of Giza Egypt,
Serpent Mound in Ohio USA, Astronomical cock of Prague,
Stonehenge of UK, The Great Kiva at Chaco Canyon, The
Palace of the Governor at Uxmal are just the few of the
many sites of Archaeoastronomy.
Lastly, ALP President James Kevin Ty made an
announcement that this will be the last monthly meeting
of ALP at Manila Planetarium for the year 2014 as they
will be undergoing renovation. James also added
that our ALP anniversary party will be held at VP
Jett Aguilar's residence on September 7 (Sunday)
12:00pm. Potluck lunch so ALPers are encouraged to
bring some foods to share with fellow ALPers.
Meeting ended at
ALP President James Kevin
Ty welcome ALPers to the monthly meeting.
ALP Secretary Christopher Louie Lu tackle on the
astro highlights for the month of August 2014.
ALPers listen to Edge
interesting topic on Archaeoastronomy.
ALPers had a good time
listening to the lectures of our lecturers as
well as astro chat with fellow ALPers.
ALPer's Selfie :)
ALPers had a dinner chat
at Aristocrat Restaurant.