Sunday, October 9, 2016

National Planetarium Celebrates World Space Week

“Excited na ako!”
These were the words that came from one of the attendees, Margie Palacios, as her fellow Astronomy team went to National Planetarium in Manila, 7th of October 2016.
If you were to stand in front of National Planetarium, you’d hear this exact same line coming in from different points. Along with her is a faculty member, Mr. Jerome Felicidario, and her fellow classmates, C'jackquel Danauto, James Basit, and Mika Denise Samson.
Huge, grand edifice showed off their priced exhibits as a welcoming remark for the incoming guests. That’s miniature models of space-satellites, to retrieved tektites, embossed illustrations of our planets and deep-space nebulas, and facts and illustrations of our sky’s constellations we’re shown as well. As part of the planetarium’s celebration, lectures we’re conducted.
Mr. Paul Arce, along with his fellow colleague Jomar Razo, discussed the sorts of danger that is usually found in space. Furthermore, Mr. Miguel Artificio discussed the main ethics of astrophotography.

It was attended by students from College of Manila, Rizal Technological University, and individuals coming in taking part of the activity. However, due to the gloomy weather, the said to be astrophotography training was cancelled. The event wrapped up by 5:00pm in the afternoon.
-Mika Denise C. Samson


On celebration of the annual World Space Week, BS Astronomy students together with RTU-Astronomy Society host exhibits and lectures tackling astronomy and space. Held at the Astronomy Center, October 6.

Event started off with a public solar observation to allow students and staff alike to get a glimpse of our very own star, the Sun. It didn’t start off that well due to the weather condition.  After waiting for an hour or so, the clouds parted for the Sun allowing us to view it in all its blazing glory.  

Next was a lecture led by a graduate of BS Astronomy and is now a part-time professor in RTU, Mr. Jerome Felicidario. He talked about about junk, specifically Space Junk and its consequences. If you have watched the movie, Wall-E, notice how Earth is surrounded by a graveyard of satellites? Those are called space junk and we have thousands of de-commissioned satellites orbiting our planet at this moment. 

Moreover, Astronomy students prepared exhibits—ranging from a scaled model of the solar system as well as a model of the International Space Station. There are exhibits as well that makes use of simple physics and maybe a little light-bending; this includes dancing lights, thermodynamic floating cups and glowing cups.

Also, the Manila Planetarium situated a mobile planetarium at Astronomy room two, students was able to see the beauty of the night sky without actually going out. 

-CompaƱero, Hans Carlo J.

You can see the WSW 2016 pictures on the Official RTU-AstroSoc page on Facebook.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cultural Contest and Mr. & Ms. Astro 2016

SEPTEMBER 16, 2016—Held at Astronomy Room1, the annual Cultural Contest and Mister and Miss Astro showcased that aside from being wanderers of the sky, BS Astronomy students were also talented in singing and possess incredible beauty and charm.

Program started with the singing competition. Audience jammed with contestants, Aljean Cabello performing the song If Only and Sarrah Amando with Salamat. The latter was hailed winner.

Meanwhile, the sole contestant in the kundiman song competition, Franchette Castillion sang Ang Tangi Kong Pagibig.

Moreover, the main event of the evening was this year’s pageant. Cheers and chants surrounded the venue when each candidates, dressed in white, entered the stage and presented themselves.

Then, presented their respective talents.

Wearing their stunning formal wears, the knowledge and wit of each candidates shined in the anticipated question and answer portion.

            Best in Casual Wear (Male)            Mark Jiao
            Best in Casual Wear (Female)        Camille Vicare

 Best in Talent (Male)                       Mark Jiao
            Best in Talent (Female)                  Babie Rose Quniquis
            Best in Formal Wear (Male)           Clarence Sales
            Best in Formal Wear (Female)       Camille Vicare

Mr. Astro 2nd Runner-Up                Joferd Retana
Ms. Astro 2nd Runner-Up               Kaya Pintor

Mr. Astro 1st Runner-Up                 Clarence Sales
Ms. Astro 1st Runner-Up                Camille Vicare

Mr. Astro 2016                                Mark Jiao
Ms. Astro 2016                               Babie Rose Quiniquis