Monthly Archives: April 2009

Traveling

Since my last post I was sick for over two weeks. Not the swine flu, but something pretty tough. I still have a bit of the cough but the worst is over. The rest of the family had cold symptoms ...

Sergio Bertolucci, Director for Research at CERN, comes to ESO to talk about LHC

When I was ten or so, I was already a science enthusiast, even though I certainly did not know what science actually meant (to be honest I cannot say I fully understand it even now). But I remember I was ...

At the Planetary Defense Conference in Granada, Spain

Hello, After 25 h of travel, I finally arrived at Granada last Friday to attend the Planetary defense conference: Protecting Earth from Asteroids organized by the International Academy of Astronautics. This is a think-tank conference with a broad and diverse group ...

Launch of The Portal To the Universe

Today marks the launch of the long anticipated "Portal to the Universe". On Tuesday (21st April)  Lars Lindberg Christensen gave participants attending the IYA 2009 in Europe session a demonstration of what was planned for the portal, explained how the ...

Happy Day to Earth, our only home planet (so far…).

Hello, Today is Earth Day. A lot of actions and initiatives have been taken around the world: cleaning the beaches and the streets, promote green energy to the public and in school, write your representatives to support green legislations, and so ...

Earth Day occultation of Venus

I got up early today (April 22) to see the occultation of Venus by the Moon.   The disappearance happened before the Moon had cleared a hill on the Northeast horizon at my house, but the reappearance past the dark ...

Kick-off for the ESO proposal review marathon

Hello, Two years ago I was asked to be part of the OPC, the Observing Program Committee, of the ESO (European Southern Observatory). Twice per year, the astronomers submit their proposals to ESO to request telescope time. This is an highly ...

Kartini Day

Today, on 21st of April, we in Indonesia commemorate the date as The Day of Kartini. In this day, we celebrate the birth of Raden Ajeng Kartini (Raden Ajeng, or R.A. is aristrocratic title in Javanese culture), and Kartini is ...

A new exoplanet approaching the mass of Earth

In the JENAM (European Astronomical Society Meeting), in England ... plenty of wonderful results. Of course, from my point of view, the most important is the announcement by Michael Mayor of a new exoplanet, with an extremely low mass, only ...

ELT Writers Workshop, JENAM 2009

Immediately after the press conference by Michel Mayor, the reporters from the press conference were led to a writers workshop being presented on the science behind the Extremely Large Telescope. Some of the subject topics presented were: Take direct images of exo-planets ...