IYA 2009

IYA 2009


The Closing of IYA 2009 & All Good Things
Published 12/31/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
When will the IYA 2009 closed? If one consider the IYA 2009 is merely a celebration, there should be a closing date. But, what is IYA 2009 anyway? Celebration of 400 years of Telescope? 5000 years of astronomy? Indeed, the IYA 2009 is a commemoration of humanities in their endeavor through the universe, space & time. For myself, the celebration was closed during my last 'winter solstice expedition', simply, because the 'time' has particular information in astronomy. This expedition was actually my day off, after a long year of working. Time to took off from the cities, and return to rural... read more ❯

The Closing of IYA 2009 & All Good Things
Published 12/31/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
When will the IYA 2009 closed? If one consider the IYA 2009 is merely a celebration, there should be a closing date. But, what is IYA 2009 anyway? Celebration of 400 years of Telescope? 5000 years of astronomy? Indeed, the IYA 2009 is a commemoration of humanities in their endeavor through the universe, space & time. For myself, the celebration was closed during my last 'winter solstice expedition', simply, because the 'time' has particular information in astronomy. This expedition was actually my day off, after a long year of working. Time to took off from the cities, and return to rural... read more ❯

Festival Sains Antariksa 2009
Published 11/30/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
IYA 2009 is only a month away, and before officially closed, my office organized activities, in the participation of this IYA 2009. The name of the activity is Festival Sains Antariksa 2009 (Space Science Festival). There were various activities, as usual, like years before, for young to high-school students. But unlike the previous years, for this year, there was a national competition for space science writing, with various themes: space weather, space debris, human and the universe, and about what the students expect from the space study in the school. As grand prizes, we... read more ❯

Campfire of the World Space Week With HAAJ
Published 10/13/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
Last weekend, i went to the camp with the group of HAAJ (Jakarta Amateur Astronomy Club). For the HAAJ, they made the trip as one of their agenda for celebrating the 25th of HAAJ, as well as for the World Space Week. While for me, it was a great opportunity to escape from the tediousness of the city, and away from the city of light. There were only about 17 people gathered, not much; but comprised of various background, from university students, high school students, teachers, family, and professionals. Despite the unfavorable weather, too risky to open... read more ❯

Indonesian Astronomical Society Conference, 29-31 Oct 2009
Published 9/30/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
Tempus fugit, time flies. It seems like yesterday, when i started to write for cosmic diary, but, as i finish some of my tasks, i just realized, today is the last month, of the 9nth month of the 2009. Wew .. suredo .. tempus fugit. I just finished my abstracts for the upcoming Indonesian Astronomical Society Conference (next month, on 29-31 Oct, 2009), it is an exciting time in IYA 2009, to see various activities of astronomy grow in here.  Somehow, i have been drown into various activities, here and there, helping my friends, colleagues to work on various projects in... read more ❯

Indonesian Astronomical Society Conference, 29-31 Oct 2009
Published 9/30/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
Tempus fugit, time flies. It seems like yesterday, when i started to write for cosmic diary, but, as i finish some of my tasks, i just realized, today is the last month, of the 9nth month of the 2009. Wew .. suredo .. tempus fugit. I just finished my abstracts for the upcoming Indonesian Astronomical Society Conference (next month, on 29-31 Oct, 2009), it is an exciting time in IYA 2009, to see various activities of astronomy grow in here.  Somehow, i have been drown into various activities, here and there, helping my friends, colleagues to work on various projects in... read more ❯

Whatever Happened in 2012?
Published 6/15/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
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... read more ❯

For What It's Worth - 100 Hours of Astronomy
Published 4/9/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
100 Hours of Astronomy has passed days ago, and left so many memories for most astronomy goers all around the world, and also in Indonesia. It might be a new dawn for astronomy, since at this time, astronomy became a general public attention, while the activities conducted in public area, here and there. What is 100 Hours of Astronomy anyway? 100 Hours of Astronomy (100HA for short) is a global astronomy event from 2 to 5 April when you can discover the Universe with the rest of the world! A project of the International Year of Astronomy, there are free public... read more ❯

And the Debate Continues ..
Published 2/17/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
It has been 400 years since Galileo observed the sky with the telescope, and since that time, the way people look at the sky shifted. In the case: which one is accepted as true in scientific notion, is it Heliocentric or Geocentric? But i will not write about the historical review of Helio-Geocentric, nor Galileo. Nonetheless, after 400 years, the debate about helio-geocentric still ensues, at least in Indonesia. In 2007 i wrote a popular articles about which one is true based on astronomy finding (written in Indonesia), To my surprise, that article incite a never ending debate about geocentric... read more ❯

Einstein and Eddington
Published 1/19/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
Einstein and Eddington. Am i writing about biography of those two great scientist? Actually, 'Einstein and Eddington is a movie title from the BBC, (see here for the official site of the movie). The story revolves around the two scientists and a solar eclipse, and the world in the middle of war (around World War I). Now that is intriguing. Why? Because during the tension between the two waring nations, and at the same war affect most of the scientist in the countries. Despite the danger of being labelled traitors, the two men began a unique correspondence. An eclipse in Africa... read more ❯