December 2013 Monthly Meeting, Geminid Meteor Shower Observation and PAS Christmas Party
Venue: Ateneo De Manila University, Quezon City
Date & Time: December 14, 2013, 3:00PM – December 15, 2013, 6:00AM
This event is open to all public and free of charge. This is an invitation to all astronomy- and astrophysics-enthusiasts. Join us as we explore cosmic ray particles and microwave remote sensing, and together let us observe the night sky for the Geminid meteor shower.
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Registration
Venue: Conference Room, Social Science Building, ADMU
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Ghost Particles from Outer Space
by Engr. Camilo Dacanay
Between high-energy physics and astrophysics, the study of cosmic ray particles remained offshore. The study of this entity has been recently revitalized partly due to advances in experimental techniques, discoveries of structure in its spectrum, and most of all, the decay-long debate in scientific community on its major role as the major factor of climate change. This is part 1 of the 3 part series lectures dedicated to students in physics, astronomy, meteorology, environmental science and science enthusiasts.
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Lunar Surface Characterization and its Water-Ice Deposits Using Radar Polarimetry
by Ms. Margie Parinas
Water particles cannot be produced on the Lunar environment but may originate from the debris of comets or meteorites or even from solar wind. This leads to the creation of cold traps.The introduction of the radar polarimetry gives the observers an opportunity to characterize the surface’s slope, directionality and dielectric constant. Using Circular Polarization Ratio, and m-chi decomposition, this study aims to characterize the Lunar surface using MiniSAR circular polarization.
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Socialization
8:00 pm – 6:00 am Geminids Observation and PAS Christmas Party
Venue: Roof deck, Manila Observatory, ADMU
PAS annual observation for the Geminid meteor shower has been a tradition for the PASers to observe the night sky together as we celebrate our Christmas party. It’s a potluck event and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their jackets/blankets, mats, and insect repellant for the observation.