Monday, May 25, 2015

RTU Signs a Memorandum of Agreement with the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand

Rizal Technological University and National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand

Signing Ceremony
Most of the world of science is powered by collaborations between different scientific communities. These bonds help with the exchange of ideas and technologies which, in turn, makes scientific research more engaging, innovative and worthwhile.

Such is a vision that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Rizal Technological University and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) last May 15, 2015.

Dr. Torres (L) and Dr. Soonthornthum (R) Signing the MoU
Dr. Jesus Rodrigo F. Torres, the president of RTU, together with Dr. Edna Aquino, RTU’s Vice President for the Research and Extension Services; Engr. Ricardo N. Nasuli, the Dean of the RTU College of Engineering and Industrial Technology; and the Department Head of the RTU Department of Earth and Space Sciences Dr. Ruby Ann Dela Cruz headed to Thailand last May 13, 2015 for a three-day stay at Chiang Mai Province where both the NARIT and the Thailand National Observatory (TNO) is located.

The 2.4m Primary Mirror of the Thai National Telescope 
Dr. Torres and a Meade LX200-ACF Telescope

The “Meteowrong”—A Replica of a Comet’s Nucleus
Pieces from the Campo del Cielo Meteorite

Dr. Torres and Dr. Boonrucksar Inside the NARIT Workshop
The Mirror Coating Facility
The Mirror Coating Facility
Engr. Nasuli Taking a Look in the Telescope Mirror Coating System
Dr. Torres taking a Look in the Telescope Mirror Coating System

The Thailand National Observatory
TNO Control Room
Dr. Torres and the TNO
The TNO's  Ritchey-Chretien Telescope
The Spectroscope Connected to the 2.4 m Telescope  via Optic Fibers
Afterwards, on May 15, 2015, the MoU Signing Ceremony was held inside the NARIT premises. In the event, Dr. Torres did a concise speech about the past and current astronomy-related events held by RTU. He also discussed the current research and extensions of RTU, together with his future plans for the University.

Dr. Torres Speaking in the MoU Signing Ceremony
The MoU is aimed for collaborative research, training of both teachers and students, curriculum development, as well as for the joint effort in transferring knowledge and awareness in astronomy between NARIT and RTU.

We from the RTU are deeply thankful to Dr. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum and all of the officials of NARIT for having a MoU with us. We are heartily looking forward for the future outcomes brought upon by the new partnership.

Dr. Torres and Dr. Boonrucksar


Philippine Union of Student Organization for Astronomy

Creation of the constitution of astronomy-based/related student organization network, Philippine Union of Science Organizations for Astronomy (PUSO for Astronomy) was held at Astronomy Auditorium, Rizal Technological University, Mandaluyong City (May 16, 2015).

Student organizations namely: Rizal Technological University Astronomy Society (RTU-ASTROSOC), University of the Philippines Astronomical Society (UP-ASTROSOC), University of the Philippines Los Ba├▒os Astronomical Society (UPLB-ASTROSOC), and University of Santo Tomas- Applied Physics Society (UST-APS), discussed each components of the developing network’s constitution. Ms. Kristine Atienza, Outgoing UP-ASTROSOC President moderated the discussion.

Moreover, PUSO for Astronomy is a network created for the communication and collaboration astronomy-based-student organizations throughout the country.

Meanwhile, Other PUSO for Astronomy members are: Mindanao State University-Marawi Astronomy Club, Philippine Normal University Astronomical Society, and Bataan Peninsula State University Astronomical Society.

Furthermore, the next general assembly is set on the end of July 2015.

Writer: Jerald Karl Angelo Barranta
Photographer: Marycon Custodio

Friday, May 8, 2015

SORP, Armillary Publication and RTU-AMD

Organization and Program under RTU-Astronomy Society and RTU-DESS

Solar Observation and Research Program (SORP)
is a program that means to develop the skills and knowledge of solar observers as well as contribute to science through data gathering, archiving, and distribution. The SORP conducts morphological and statistical studies of the Sun.

The Armillary Publication
is the official publication of the RTU-Astronomy Society and RTU-Department of Earth and Space Sciences. It covers all the astronomy event of the organization and of the department, and also it covers some astronomical events.

RTU-Astronomy and Meteorology Division
The Astronomy and Meteorology Division is a newly formed division of Department of Earth and Space Sciences under the jurisdiction of Rizal Technological University. The division is mandated to give reliable information from their own weather products and/or from DOST-PAGASA forecast bulletins for its parent department and for the safety of its own students during severe weather emergencies. The division is also tasked to nurture students that taking up BS Astronomy Technology who do have specialization on weather and climate.