Space Odyssey, 2010

Well, the IYA 2009 already closed a month ago, with all the memories left behind. The IYA 2009 had played important role to expose astronomy to wider general public through various activities, and that is a good thing, as the repercussion felt this year, there are more people getting excite for astronomy activities. Professional, amateur,

The Quest for New Observatory in Eastern Indonesia

Tempus fugit, seems the phrase fits to the situation that revolves around me. True that in such an instant i realize that we already in March 2009! I guess time flies as we realize it or not, the time will move on in its own pace. What have i done recently? The largest proportion of course because of my works, the mounting of paper works, the routinity of observations (in my office), and another project with my fellow from Bosscha observatory. And not to forget project related to IYA 2009, like ‘The Asian Stars Project‘ (compiling the local star-lore). Another project related to archaeo-astronomy on studying Borobudur (as an ancient observatory?).

Not just astronomy, like anyone else, i enjoy the excitement of life, like sports, musics, etc. Maybe we are still in rainy season, so i can not go out toplay tennis, but, hey, i still play chess inside sometimes. But to enjoy sports oftenly we don’t have to do that by ourselves. We can enjoy sports by watching it!

What is the best entertainment show in the world? The answer is, Soccer game!  I always enjoy the game, either local (Persib! Persib!), european leagues (English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Lega Calcio, Bundes Liga, Champion League, you name it). Sometimes boxing also can be fun (congratulation to Chris John for retaining his title, regardless the last one he retain it by a draw vs Rocky Juarez). Btw, i hope Manchester United won’t cancel their plan to visit Jakarta, or i will miss a very exciting game!

What will become the world without music? (At least for me). I might be a bad musician, but i always very fond of music since my childhood. I also involve in Karawitan (Javanese music orchestra), and regularly reherseal every Thursday. Well, those are how things go on regular basis for me.

Now, among those things, there is one thing that keep captivates me. I involve in the team who study the possibility for building new observatory in eastern Indonesia. How many observatories in Indonesia currently? Why have to be in eastern of Indonesia? Why is it so important to build a new one?

It’s a Gong Xi Fa Cai Eclipse

The Anyer Lighthouse 1885
The Anyer Lighthouse 1885

On 26th of January 2009, there’s an eclipse occured in Indonesian, and on the same time that day celebrated as the Chinese New Year, so it was a Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭喜發財) eclipse. For those who celebrate the new year, happy new year! Hope this year will bring prosperity to you. For many chinese that i know, usually they hope for rain on the new year, the more the rain, the more prosper they will, but i think many chinese in Indonesia had made an exception on that day, because there was an eclipse around.