• The Majestic Sombrero Galaxy (M104)

    Credits: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
  • Saturn's Rings in Ultraviolet Light

    Credit: NASA and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)
  • The Helix Nebula: a Gaseous Envelope Expelled By a Dying Star

    Credit: NASA, ESA, C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), M. Meixner and P. McCullough (STScI)
  • Hubble Photographs Grand Design Spiral Galaxy M81

    Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
  • NASA's Great Observatories Examine the Galactic Center Region

    Credit: NASA, ESA, SSC, CXC, and STScI
  • The Carina Nebula: Star Birth in the Extreme

    Credit for Hubble Image: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Image Reduction and Analysis Facility Lecture for B.Sc. in Astronomy Technology students

Image Reduction and Analysis Facility or simply IRAF is an astronomical software used mostly by professional astronomers for their research. Basically, the program is used for data reduction for further efficient analyzation. The three major tasks that can be done using IRAF are astrometry, photometry and spectroscopy. The lecturer was Sir Frederick B. Gabriana, participant from 2012's SOKENDAI Winter School- Exoplanets where they used IRAF to find an exoplanet in one of their activities.

Sir Bamm sharing all his knowledge about IRAF to Astronomy students.

Sir Bamm explaining the details of a FITS file.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ZHR Computation

May 6, 2014                                                             Rizal Technological University

The summer's lecture series continued with a lecture entitled ZHR Computation. The talk was given by Sir Frederick (Bamm) Gabriana, the Distro Astro developer. Distro Astro is a Debian-based Linux distribution now growing its recognition in the astronomy community here and abroad. The audience are from incoming 2nd year B.S. Astronomy Technology students to incoming 4th year students. A report from one of the audience will be followed.

Detailed derivation of the Observed Hourly Rate (OHR)

ZHR formula together with a graph on how IMO plots the data gathered from people around the world.

Sir Bamm on explaining the difference between watching an event and observation.

Monday, April 28, 2014


Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower 2014, an underrated meteor shower that will give us 55 meteors per hour on the night before (May 5-6) or the night after (May 6-7).

For more information regarding this event, go to the RTU-ESS website.