The Young Rochimin & The Moon

Rochimin & my friends
Rochimin & my friends

This is August, and like all the August in every years before, we celebrate the independence day; so, there should be lot of fiesta here & there. Like the Subang Regency, about two hours from my city road trip, they celebrate the day by arranging the Regency Boy scout Jamboree. What makes the story interesting is, for this year, the Regency invited my office for the Jamboree, because, they wanted something new for this event, they want to learn about the space, they said. So there we were, we set our camp & join the frolic through the park.

Like all the previous activities for general public, we catered various activities that related to the sky, of course, the main menu is the telescopes, and also there were games, quizzes, visual-aid creation competition, names a few; but the main attraction was the UNAWEs’ giant snakes & ladders! Even adult people also enjoy that game!

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, basically, SEAMEO QITEP, is a center that has a task to improve the qualility of

A Visit to the Biak – Where the Rainbow Ends

Where the Rainbow Ends
Where the Rainbow Ends

Last month i went to Biak, a small island on the most north-east edge of Indonesia, but this trip was different from my previous visit, so i just tell story about what i have seen there from my last visit. Where is Biak island anyway? Biak is a small island located in Cenderawasih Bay, near the northern coast of Papua province, and is just northwest of New Guinea. Biak is the largest island in its small archipelago, and has many atolls, reefs, and corals. If someone has interest in ocean adventure, Biak island is a good place to visit.

In its glorious day, Biak island was a prosperous place, because its airport, Frans Kaisiepo Airport was a transit place between Jakarta to Los Angeles. But currently, the flight trip no longer serviced, seems the Biak island deserted. At least the ruin of Marau Beach hotel can tell a story about previous glorious life in Biak island.

The Ruin of Marau Beach hotel
The Ruin of Marau Beach hotel

World of Glass

Four hundred years ago, Galileo utilized glasses, turned them into telescope and turn his eyes to the sky, since that time, human saw the universe with new perspective. Almost, forty years ago, still, using employ the glass, but in different way, known as television, human saw man landed on the moon, and since that time,

Whatever Happened in 2012?

What will happen in 2012? There are numerous rumors floating around about 2012 and mostly related to the end of days, and that proves confusing for most people in here. Is it true, that the end is near? Obviously the 2012 is growing as a meme, that, instead of enlighten the people, only giving more misunderstanding & confusion, about what happen with our nature. In the end, this meme only blurs the understanding between knowledge and urban legend.

To clarify the 2012 from the perspective of astronomy, the Student Union of Astronomy (Himastron, the organization body for students from the Dept. of Astronomy, ITB), on last Sunday (14th of June, 2009) organizing a talk show about 2012. There were around 300 people from various backgrounds & ages eager to flock & discuss about the subject. Quiet a large number, larger than expected.

2012 - The Talk Show
2012 - The Talk Show

What I Hope to Hear from The Candidates of President of Indonesia

Last sunday (May, 24th, 2009), the large city dump in Bantar-gerbang area, just the outskirt of Jakarta, became the place, where Megawati Soekarnoputri (Democratic Party of Struggle/PDI-P) & Prabowo Subianto (the Greater Indonesia Movement/Gerindra), made their declaration for the July presidential election. And that last declaration, that completed the three candidates declaration, who will be