July 5, 2015 ALP Monthly
Kevin Ty and Christopher Louie Lu
Last July 5, ALP held
their monthly meeting at Exploreum at SM Mall of Asia in
Pasay City. Members who attended were ALP
President James Kevin Ty , wife Charito and son Kendrick Cole KC Ty;
Secretary Christopher Louie Lu, wife Karren and daughter
Frances Lu; Treasurer Andrew Ian Chan and Iah Serna;
Auditor Edgar Ang, PRO Edge Lat , directors Ronald Sison
, Mike Enage and Peter Benedict Tubalinal , Shubhashish Banerjee
, Mark Ian Singson and new member Joyce Gonsalves.
Meeting started at around 2:30pm
with ALP Secretary Christopher Louie Lu discussing on
the celestial highlights for the month of July and
latest updates on New Horizon encounter with Pluto.
On July 14 the New Horizons Probe
will be making its closest flyby to the dwarf planet,
Pluto. This will be the first man-made probe to visit
Pluto & Charon system since it was discovered by Clyde
Tombaugh in 1930.
The goals of this mission are as
Map the surface composition of Pluto and
Characterize the geology and morphology of
Pluto and Charon
Characterize the neutral atmosphere of
Pluto and its escape rate
Search for an atmosphere around Charon
Map surface temperatures on Pluto and
Search for rings and additional satellites
Conduct similar investigations of one or
more Kuiper Belt object.
This mission is primarily
conducted by Southwestern Research Institute &
University of John Hopkins: Applied Physics Laboratory
with its primary investigator Alan Stern.
The probe lifted off from Pad 41 at Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 14:00 EST on
January 19, 2006.
The first 13 months included spacecraft
and instrument checkouts, instrument calibrations, small
trajectory correction maneuvers and rehearsals for the
Jupiter encounter. New Horizons passed the orbit of Mars
on April 7, 2006; it also tracked a small asteroid,
later named "132524 APL", in June 2006.
New Horizons Jupiter approach occurred
February 28, 2007. Moving about 51,000 miles per hour
(about 23 kilometers per second), New Horizons flew
about 3 to 4 times closer to Jupiter than the Cassini
spacecraft, coming within 1.4 million miles (2.3 million
kilometers) of the large planet..
During the cruise, New Horizons also
crossed the orbits of Saturn (June 8, 2008), Uranus
(March 18, 2011) and Neptune (August 25, 2014).
Ten years and three billion miles later...
On December 7, 2014, after nearly nine years in space,
with most of that time spent in hibernation, the New
Horizons spacecraft is awaken for Pluto/Charon flyby.
After it's encounter with Pluto &
Charon, the New Horizons Probe will continue on &
encounter other Kieper Belt Object beyond the orbit of
Pluto that hopefully will answer some question about the
early formation of our Solar System.
Afterwards. Singaporean amateur
astronomer and astrophotographer Remus CJ shared his astrophotography
tips and his recent Australian outback astro imaging
trip. He also touched on the critical aspect on
how to get your best astro images using portable
telescopes and mount. He then showcase some of his best
astro works at the end of his lecture.
Unfortunately, weather was very
bad as it was raining whole day so the planned Global
SUNDay free solar viewing session had to be cancelled :(
A consolation they did was to get a group shot with the
Global SUNDay banner. The meeting ended at around
After the meeting, they went to
Starbucks to have their AstroKapihan to continue to
discuss astro related topics over coffee. They wrapped
up the session at around 8:00pm.
ALP President James Kevin
Ty welcome the members and guests to their July
ALPers and guests listen
as James introduce the lecturers of the day.
ALP Secretary Christopher
Louie Lu provides updates on the July celestial
ALP Secretary Christopher
Louie Lu lecture on the current updates on New
Horizon spacecraft that will be at its closest
encounter with Pluto.
astronomer and astrophotographer Remus CJ shared
his very informative astrophotography tips and
his recent astro imaging session in the
Remus also showcase his
best astro images at the end of his lecture.
ALPers posed for a group
shot after the weather didn't cooperate the
whole day for the planned Global SUNDay free
solar viewing session.
ALPers conquer Starbucks
once again after ALP monthly meeting!
ALPers needed more than
4-5 tables and numerous seats at Starbucks.
Astro Moms and Kids had
their own separate table for discussion and mine
craft session respectively. :)