November 8, 2015 ALP Monthly Meeting Report
by James Kevin Ty

Last November 8th, ALP held their monthly meeting at Exploreum at SM Mall of Asia. Members who attended were ALP President James Kevin Ty, VP Jett Aguilar, Secretary Christopher Louie Lu, Auditor Edgar Ang,  PRO Edge Lat , directors John Ray Cabrera , Peter Benedict Tubalinal,   Rich Pijuan, Ronald Sison and sons Raj and Adrian ;  Manuel Goseco, Shubhashish Banerjee, Joyce Golsalves , Per Edman, Justine Garcia and Miguel Cajita.

Meeting started with ALPer Shubhashish Banerjee giving a basic lecture entitled Astronomy 101. He tackle the
bare basic fundamentals that would help people get started or more engaged in Astronomy. He have covered the topics with enough depth to understand without going into the physics of it given the background of some of our members. The introductory session kick starts with a little bit of history on various models of the universe and how it expanded over centuries and contrasts various astro related studies.  He also discussed the physics around light and optics so that the members develop an appreciation towards the mode of observation they choose over another. Post covering basics. He then went a little deeper into observational aspects, such as - types of astronomy, telescopes, mounts and buying considerations. That laid the foundation for having detailed discussion on celestial orbits.  He couldn't cover the rest of the topics in detail and will do so next time.  The rest of the topics contains - Stellar evolution / life cycle of a star, The Sun and the moon, common constellations of northern sky 'Orion' and things to see in and around Orion. He concluded the session with a discussion on how to star hop and how to include astronomy more and more into our daily lives.

Afterwards, ALP Secretary Christopher Louie Lu then presented Celestial Highlights for the month of November. ALP President James Kevin Ty  then discussed on the possible venue for ALP December Christmas party at Centerstage KTV at SM Mall of Asia on December 6, 2015. Meeting ended at around 5:00pm.

ALPer Shubhashish Banerjee gives an interesting basic astro lecture entitled Astronomy 101.

ALPers listen to the interesting lecture from ALPer Shubhs.

ALPers asked some questions after ALPer Shubhs' lecture.

ALPer Shubhashish Banerjee graciously answers the questions asked by fellow members.




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