ALPers, Ophiuchus, and PAGASA Observatory

John Ray Cabrera, Andrew Ian Chan, and Christopher Louie Lu of the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP) were interviewed by GMA-7  for an episode of “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” about the new zodiac sign, Ophiuchus:

According to Andrew Ian Chan, “Astronomers do not believe in the myths behind the constellations but only study the heavens based on their scientific significance.

Lucky them, the interview was held inside the PAGASA Observatory, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City.


The PAGASA observatory serves as the “tambayan” of the UP Astronomical Society for years.  During my stay there for 3 years as a regular member, I never had the chance to have a glimpse of the 16inch telescope.

The ALPers were really lucky to see this gigantic telescope!

I hope the interview would shed light to many of us regarding the big difference between Astrology and Astronomy.

To the stars!



~ by Stella's Gaze on January 26, 2011.

3 Responses to “ALPers, Ophiuchus, and PAGASA Observatory”

  1. Well, is there a button for translation into english?
    Astrology looks for meaning, in the same way one would discuss her/his symbolic interpretation of an abstract painting. Astronomy would look at the composition of the materials that make up the painting. They are simply different activities in relating to the same object.

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