Sunday, October 6, 2013

Extrasolar planet with plasma-like water atmosphere

Astronomers are constantly finding extrasolar planets or planets orbiting their parent star, other than our sun. With the aid of advanced optics and imaging system, facts are becoming clearer as to the composition and overall nature of these objects.

One interesting find is a planet designated Gliese 1214 b. It is about two and a half times the size of Earth and over six times as massive, circling its parent star over a course of 38 hours. Recent study showed that some of the water composition deep inside this planet may exist as a strange form of plasma.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

NAW 2012: Astronomical League of the Philippines

ALP schedule of activities for the Philippine Astronomy Convention 2012:

February 19, 2012: NAW – PAC 2012 Opening Ceremony
Venue: National Museum Planetarium

12:00 pm: Registration
1:00 pm (1:30 pm): Philippine National Anthem
Opening remarks by: National Museum Planetarium curator Bel Pabunan*
2:00 pm First film showing: “Doomsday 2012: End of days”
2:45 pm First Seminar/lecture: “A Guide to knowing the truth about the 2012 End of Days scenarios” by:Dr. Armando Lee
15 (20) minute break
3:45 pm Second film showing: “Starry starry nights by: National Museum Planetarium
4:30 pm Second Seminar/lecture: “Messier Observing Strategies” by: Peter Tubalinal*
5:30 pm Third Seminar/lecture: Sky Observation with Celestron SkyScout by: Christopher Lee

6:00 – 6:30 to 10 pm Free Public Viewing.
Venue: Rajah Sulayman Park

February 24, 2012: NAW – PAC 2012 Mid week Free Public Viewing
Venue: AstroCamp Observatory Services in SM Mall of Asia, San Miguel By the Bay, Pasay City*

February 25, 2012: NAW – PAC 2012 Closing Ceremony
Venue: Rizal Technological University

12:00 pm: Registration
1:00 pm (1:30pm): Philippine National Anthem
Opening remarks by: RTU President Dr. Jesus R. Torres
2:00 pm First Seminar/lecture: “Dark Matter, Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe” by: John Ray Cabrera
2:45 pm Second Seminar/lecture: “White Light & HA Solar Imaging” by: Dr. Jett Aguilar
15 (20) minute break
3:45 pm Third Seminar/lecture: “Tips and Secrets of Planetary Imaging” by: Christopher Go*
4:30 pm Fourth Seminar/lecture: “The State of Philippine Astronomy” by: Dr. Jesus R. Torres*

Alternate Schedule:
3:45 pm Third Seminar/lecture: “When the Universe attacks” by Norman Marigza
4:30 pm Third Seminar/lecture: “Tips and Secrets of Planetary Imaging” by: Christopher Go*

5:30 Open forum & Awarding of Honorarium
Closing Remarks by: ALP President James Kevin Ty

6:00 – 6:30 to 10 pm Free Public Viewing
Venue: RTU Quadrangle

For more inquiries on ALP NAW activities, please contact NAW Chairman / Secretary Christopher Louie Lu at (0919) 3057176 or ALP President James Kevin Ty at (0917) 8559863 or (0922) 8999ALP (257).

NAW 2012: Philippine Astronomical Society

Below is the NAW programme of the Philippine Astronomical Society (from Engr. Dacanay).

                                     The Philippine Astronomical Society
                                                 in collaboration with
                              Samahang Mag-aaral sa Pagpapaunlad ng Pisika
                                          National Museum Planetarium
                                        NIDO-Science Discovery Center

                                    NATIONAL ASTRONOMY 2012

                “Building Quality Astronomy Education Through Local and
                International Collaboration For Filipino Scientific Excellence.”

                                             Schedule of Events
  Date and Time                    Activities                                Venue

February 18,2012     Astronomy Competitions :             National Museum
8:00AM-12:00PM     Astro-Quiz :     College level               Planetarium
                                                               High School
                                      Poster Making : H.S.                     *Refer to diagram
                                                                   Elem.                   below for area
                                      Photo Essay     : H.S.                      designation for
                                      Essay Writing  : H.S.                       competition
2:00PM-5:00PM        Opening and Awarding                  National Museum
                                              Ceremony                                    Planetarium

February 20,2012      Public Lecture and Stargazing      National Museum
6:00PM-9:00PM                                                                        Planetarium

February 21,2012      School Campus Tour- Rizal Prov.             TBA
2:00PM-4:00 PM        Planetarium Show                          National Museum

 February 22,2012      Astronomy and Astrophysics
                                      Symposium # 01 :                                  De La Salle
                                                  “The Formation of Low and                  University                            
                                       High Mass Star” by Dr.RM Sese
                                                   “The Birth and Death of Milky
                                        Way” by Dr. Reynabelle Reyes
                                                   “The Search for Extra Solar
                                                     Planets” by Dr. Perry Esguerra
                                                   “A Little Black Dot : The Transit of
                                        Venus” by Dr. Martin George

February 23,2012      School Campus Tour, Rizal Prov.              TBA
2:00PM-4:00PM         Planetarium Show                         National Museum
February 24,2012      School Campus Tour, NCR                         TBA

February 25,2012      Astronomy and Astrophysics            NIDO-Science
4:00PM-9:00PM        Symposium # 02 and                        Discovery Center
                                     Closing Ceremony
                                     “Year 2012: Is it Real or Reel…
                                       An Anatomy of a Movie” by
                                                  Prof. Edmund Rosales
                                     “The Surprising Importance of
                                      Earthquake;Magnetic Field
                                      Reversal; and a Tale of a Toasted
                                      Planet by Engr. Camilo G. Dacanay
                                     “Beyond 2012: Physics, Astrophysics,
                                      And The End of the World As We
                                      Know It” by Dr. Perry Esguerra

** For an overview of the lectures at Symposium #!(DLSU) and Symposium #2(SDC-MOA), see separate announcement below.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Project NEOShield: Be prepared

Studies have revealed that the age of the dinosaurs may have been put into halt by a piece of asteroid or comet, travelling at great speed, that the object was able to ignite a global catastrophic event of the extinction level scale. Even though the idea of an asteroid hitting our planet may seem a distant possibility to ordinary lay individual, astronomers take the idea of asteroidal and cometary collisions with the Earth seriously. So serious enough that scientists have lobbied lawmakers in the US into taking necessary measures so that the planet would be prepared in case a mass extinction level event occurs.

Meteor Crater (Barringer Crater) in Arizona, a clear example
on how asteroidal impacts can wreck havoc in the landscape.
Source: D. Roddy - U.S.G.S. (Wikimedia Commons)
With this goal of protecting the Earth from deadly impacts from our neighbors in the Solar System, an international collaboration of 13 institutions initiated Project NEOShield. The team is lead by the German Aerospace Center's Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany, with partners from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, United States and Russia. Established in January of 2012, the primary aim of the consortium is to investigate ways to reduce the threat of impact through: kinetic impactors, gravity tractors, and the explosive blast-deflection method.

Consortium Members:

German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR)

Observatoire de Paris (France)
Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
The Open University (Great Britain)
Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institut (Germany)
The Queen's University of Belfast (Great Britain)
Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Astrium Limited (Great Britain)
Astrium S.A.S. (France)
Deimos Space (Spain)
SETI Institute Corporation
Carl Sagan Center (USA)
TsNIIMash (Russia)
University of Surrey (Great Britain)


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