The Gathering of Indonesian Astronomers

Finally, the conference of astronomy in Indonesia has ended, left so much memories about the current activities of astronomy in Indonesia. There were various astronomy-goers flocked, from amateur to professional, from high-school students to researchers, from educator to communicator; surely the biggest event for astronomers in Indonesia, where they share their works, discuss the possibilities

The Gathering of Indonesian Astronomers

Finally, the conference of astronomy in Indonesia has ended, left so much memories about the current activities of astronomy in Indonesia. There were various astronomy-goers flocked, from amateur to professional, from high-school students to researchers, from educator to communicator; surely the biggest event for astronomers in Indonesia, where they share their works, discuss the possibilities

The Stars that fall from the Sky

Tintin - Shooting Star
Tintin - Shooting Star

This panel from the comic Tintin (The Shooting Star), for me, is the primary source of astronomy, at least in my childhood. Okey, i will not discuss about comicology in this post, perhaps later. Instead from what i have learnt, the phenomenon of shooting stars could invoke stories, excitement, awe inspiring wonder, even indepth science exploration. Choose your own path for wondering the universe.

sometimes, the occurence can be predicted, sometimes, things just happenned.

Kafeditepisemesta & The Challenge of Science Journalism

Kafeditepisemesta is the name of a discussion group of writers, editors, journalists, lecturers,  scientist, and so on; whose share the same concern, which is about how to popularize science for general public in a hilarious way. Seriously, the name ‘kafeditepisemesta‘ is derived from the series of Douglas Adam’s satire “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”. Literally, ‘kafe di tepi semesta‘ is translated to ‘café on the edge of the universe’.

Pineapple Muffin or Muffin Pineapple? ..
Pineapple Muffin or Muffin Pineapple? ..

But this is not about parodying the masterpiece, instead, all we did just share the idea about how exciting the universe is, in anyway we perceived, either through, books, comics, music, and of course .. food! (A café without food & coffee?).

On our last discussion, we’re reaching to a point, which is, seems, there is a problem on science journalism here. ‘Seems’, that means, we only sense, without enough supporting evidence. But, we felt that somehow, science journalism in the verge of ‘free fall’.

In this modern digital world, news, (including science), rapidly propagate, instant and free. So, who will take the responsibility for the quality of the news?

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

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 is you too