Sunday, December 16, 2012

Philippine Space Agency - Pursuing the Dream for Filipino Astronomers

The RTU Astronomy Society joined in the press-conference held last Friday to debunk the 21 Dec 2012 Doomsday Event as well as announce the plans of the creation of a Philippine Space Agency through the House Bill 6725.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Astronomy Seminar

New Information and Ideas, Gateway for Public Awareness.

The Rizal Technological University Astronomy Society (RTU-AstroSoc) organized a seminar last November 23, 2012 which was held in the Research and Development Building Research Auditorium with the theme “New Information and Ideas: Gateway for Public Awareness”.

With the whole room jam-packed with guests from other departments, the program was officially started at exactly 1:30 p.m. with the opening remarks by the current RTU-AstroSoc president Mr. John Christian Lequiron. This was then followed by a solemn prayer and the singing of our National Anthem. After the opening remarks, the first person to do his talk was Mr. Richard Aragon.

Mr. Aragon, a current professor in the Rizal Technological University and a graduate from the University of the Philippines- Diliman Campus with the degrees B.S. in Chemistry, M.S. in Chemistry, and Ph.D. in Chemistry, discussed about Chemical Evolution and the Origin of Life. His talk was all about how primeval organic elements present on the planet Earth long time ago formed biomolecules which are the basic building blocks of life. Guests were permitted to ask questions after his talk. Next to do his talk was the RTU-AstroSoc’s very own Mr. Jerome Felicidario with his presentation entitled “Space Junks: A Hindrance in Space Exploration. He elaborately discussed things about space junks- what are they and where did they come from. Solutions on getting rid of these space junks were said too.

After an intermission number, Mr. Reuel Norman Marigza, a graduate from Silliman University, discussed all about astrophotography. Well, almost all people who were enticed in astronomy grew their interest by looking at pictures of astronomical bodies. Proper techniques on taking pictures of celestial objects were explained very well. Mr. Marigza ended his discussion with a quote by Ansel Adams which is “You don’t take pictures, you make it.” He was then followed by an interactive talk by Ms. Rochelle Derilo which was all about light pollution. Her way of discussing was very engaging as well as informative. She first enumerated the different causes of light pollution and its surprising negative physiological and ecological effects. She then gave copies of an operating system with astronomical applications to those who answered and asked her some questions.

Certificates were then given to the presenters and guests at around 5 o’clock in the evening, signifying the end of the seminar.  This was then followed by an observation activity on the RTU quadrangle which lasted until 9 o’clock of the same evening.


Writer: Mr. Jhan-Curt Fernandez
Photos by: Ms. Fey Albayda and Ms. Margareth Custodio

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Stars, Meteors and Cameras

November 6 2012. A small number of astronomy students gathered together for an overnight observing and imaging session at the RTU quadrangle. The skies were partly cloudy at first but eventually cleared up later in the evening. Several deep-sky targets were observed and imaged including the double cluster in Perseus, several open clusters in Cassiopeia, and many others.

The Taurids meteor shower also provided a good show that evening. The Taurids is an annual meteor shower during November with a ZHR of 5. The source of this meteor shower is the comet Encke.

The night ended with the observation of the last quarter Moon.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Academic Achievement Award

Congratulations to our students Jerome Felicidario and John Christian Lequiron, as well as Ehmir Cristobal and Frank Batin, for receiving the Academic Achievement Award from the College of Engineering and Industrial Technology

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hunter's Full Moon

                                                                    Hunter's Moon
The Hunter's Moon - is the first full moon after the harvest moon, which is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. (wikipedia)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SOLAR OBSERVATION October 20, 2012

Last October 20, 2012, the 4th year BS Astronomy Technology students advised by Ms. Ruby Dela Cruz have conducted lectures on Basic Astronomy and solar observation to children age 5-12 yrs old. The aim of this project was to increase the awareness, interest and knowledge of children on Astronomy. The activity run from 12:00 to 3:00 PM in “Paraiso ng Kabataan” barangay Barangka Ibaba, Mandaluyong City.
The program started at exactly 12:00NN. The excitement and eagerness of the children to learn were seen in their faces. Princess Tucio lectured about the Sun. She mentioned numerous facts and general information about the Sun. Her lecture was interactive, she raised questions randomly, the participants were excited to answer and give their ideas. Another lecturer was Harry Merida, His talk was about the telescopes, He explained the importance of Solar filters attached to the telescope during Solar observation, that is to provide safety and protection on the eyes of the observers. He also gave information and trivia about the history of the telescopes. After the lectures, the participants lined up properly to observe the Sun , All of the participants witnessed sunspots for the first time. After two lectures and solar observation participants were given nutritious food and drinks. The young participants were satisfied, some of them even said that we didn’t just feed their tummies with snacks, but we have also fed their minds with new knowledge about Astronomy.

Friday, September 28, 2012



The Rizal Technological University Astronomy Society
would like to invite you all people to come and join us in celebration of WORLD SPACE WEEK
the said school will conduct a Star Party event entitled :
STARBURST "The largest Star Party on planet Earth" 



Rizal Technological University
Rizal Technological University Astronomy Society

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Jupiter and Moon Occultation

Jupiter and Moon Occultation (August 12 2012)

Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus (June 6 2012)

The rare Astronomical Event for this Century. This will be the last Transit of Venus for this Century.