International Astronomical Union (IAU) Gala Night

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) Gala night was held at SM Nido Science Discovery Center in SM MOA, Pasay City last Oct 21st.

I attended the event along with students from UP Diliman,UP Los Banos, RTU, and DLSU. A planetarium show entitled “New Horizons” entertained us before proceeding to the talks of the two guest speakers.

Dr. Kevin Govender, Director of the IAU Office for Astronomy Development gave a talk about IAU strategies to establish Astronomy Education, Research, and Outreach in developing countries. While Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Head of the Astrophysics Laboratory, Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics in the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), discussed important points on how to pursue Astronomy as a profession.

I am very happy that Philippines is becoming visible in the field of Astronomy to the international community  – most especially to the IAU. I am hoping that in the near future, more Filipinos will realize the value of Science in our lives. I look forward to seeing the younger generation pursue Astronomy in the country and make a difference!

To the stars!

note: photos from MA Rivera, Paolo Dala, and Mic Caldo


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

2 Responses to “International Astronomical Union (IAU) Gala Night”

  1. It’s not just the younger generation. I’m an American writer who has decided to pursue astronomy as a profession quite a few years after graduating college, and I want to urge anyone interested in the field to know it’s not too late! Swinburne Astronomy Online is an excellent graduate program based in Melbourne, Australia, and it is a terrific option for those who may be unable to relocate and would do better with an online program.

    Also, was the talk on New Horizons about the US mission to Pluto with that same name? Pluto is a special interest of mine, and since this is about an IAU function, I want to take this chance to urge all IAU members and the IAU leadership to reopen the planet definition debate that resulted in the premature demotion of Pluto in 2006. We now know that Eris is not larger than Pluto. There is a strong case for both being considered planets–as well as Ceres, Haumea, and Makemake. Please consider a resolution amending Resolution 5 of 2006 to establish dwarf planets as a subclass of planets.

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