Monthly Archives: July 2009

Apollo/NASA Images + National Symphony Orchestra = very fun evening!

I was lucky enough to snag a couple of tickets to the Kennedy Center's Salute to Apollo Celebration that was held a couple of weekends ago, and it was amazing! This was my first time to visit the Kennedy ...

Jupiter impact 2009 – follow-up observations

Hello, I am sorry for not having written much on this blog over the last week. After we confirmed using the Keck NIRC2 image that indeed Jupiter must have been impacted, I have been very busy with discussions  with my colleagues ...

Backyard Observing

Last night I saw the space shuttle (STS-127) followed by the space station (ISS) at about 20:48 PDT from my backyard. The shuttle led the station by about 30 seconds about 10 hours after the undocking. The excellent ...

SEAMEO QITEP in Science

Last week, i have been involved in SEAMEO QITEP in Science. What's that? SEAMEO QITEP in Science? SEAMEO is an abbreviation of 'South East Asia Ministry of Education Organization', while QITEP is 'Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel'; so, ...

A first class telescope for a first class astronomical site

Dear readers, After several years of site testings the consortium in charge of building the TMT (Thirty-Meter Telescope) announced that they have chosen the Mauna Kea as a site for this new facility. This is an important news for the community ...

Public lecture on life in the universe

Just a quick one. I will be giving a public lecture on the search for life in the universe. Being an astronomer I will mainly focus on the astrophysical aspects, but I will also touch upon related subjects. The lecture ...

Jupiter got a bruise.. only one but a large one.

Hello, Last Sunday I posted on my blog an announcement about the possible recent impact on Jupiter atmosphere. I did not realize that a lot of my colleagues read this blog. On Sunday evening Paul Kalas, an adjunct professor at UC-Berkeley, ...

We really walked on the Moon…

Hello, We all heard about this conspiration rumors which claimed that the Apollo missions were never a success and nobody ever walked on the Moon. Just be reassured, I am not going to advertise this crazy theory :-) It is based ...

URGENT: possible impact on the southern pole of Jupiter?

Hello, if you have access to a telescope you should know that an amateur astronomer in Australia reported the observations of a scare on the atmosphere of Jupiter which could be resulting from an impact with an asteroid.Additional observations are needed ...

Krawang-Bekasi

... Kami cuma tulang-tulang berserakan Tapi adalah kepunyaanmu Kaulah lagi yang tentukan nilai tulang-tulang berserakan. Ataukah jiwa kami melayang untuk kemerdekaan, kemenangan dan harapan atau tidak untuk apa-apa, kami tidak tahu, kami tidak lagi bisa berkata Kaulah sekarang yang berkata ... [... We are only scattered bones But in your possession It ...