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Discover the Palawan night sky PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 March 2009

Did you know that Puerto Princesa has the BEST view of the night sky? That’s because it is positioned near the equator, which makes it possible to see both the Northern and Southern constellations (group of stars), something that cannot be viewed in other parts of the country or around the globe. Isn’t that amazing? We actually live in the best spot in the world for astronomical feats! So it is but fitting that we join 137 other countries this year in celebrating IYA (International Year of Astronomy) as declared by the United Nations to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of an astronomical telescope to study the skies.

To highlight this year’s celebration of IYA, is an event on April 2-4 called “100 Hours of Astronomy.” One hundred hours round-the-clock, round-the-globe, astronomers and celestial enthusiasts will set up telescopes so that as many ordinary folks like us could see the celestial wonders that Galileo saw four centuries ago.

This is a FIRST in Puerto Princesa City and a FIRST in the Philippines. Indeed, it is an event of a lifetime that took 400 years in the making. As of this writing, Quezon City, Metro Cebu, Laguna, and Puerto Princesa are the only ones in the Philippines signed up for the said event.
Dubbed as “Tuklasin ang Kalawakan”, it aims to inform the public of what our skies can offer. There are lots of edutaining activities in store for all. Questions such as “why do stars twinkle” and “what causes the rise and fall of the tides” are only some of the questions that will be answered. Binoculars and telescopes will be made available for anyone who would want a closer look at the sun, the moon, constellations and planets. There will also be an exhibit of celestial photos taken by Filipino astronomers, and a discussion on the mythologies of the constellations that guided our ancestors in their daily life. Furthermore, there are fun activities for the kids and the young at heart, and an Astro-Bistro of galactic promotions will be made available for those that will need a tummy-refill. On top of it all, admission is FREE!

All these will be happening at the Baywalk on APRIL 2 to 4, 2009 from 4 to 9pm.
Simultaneously, an Astro Photo Exhibit will also be available for viewing at the Beans & Pages Bookstore located at SJD Blue Building, San Pedro.

For more information, you may call 433 8302, from Mondays to Saturdays at 9am to 6pm and look for Sherwin or log on to astronomy2009.org  or 100hoursofastronomy.org  

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event!

 
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