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 activities happening all around the world. (Official site), sounds fun! Well yes, but in a country which currently on the grandeur fiesta, name it general election, so the activity seems lost inside the boisterous of the parade.
Besides, the 100 HA in Indonesia organized by only small number of clubs in several cities, (see the listed club in here), so it seems, astronomy can only exposed to only small fraction compared to the people in Indonesia (statistically).
But that would not be the end of the story, as for my self, as long as i enjoy & share, there is always hope, that astronomy is indeed ours to discover. Recently, i just went to helping out my friends to organized the event in Bandung (which organized by langitselatan community, see this report), for 100HA in Salvation Army orphanage house (William Booth Children Home). Not so many children, but hey, it was fun to share with them!
The 100 HA also encourage my friends in Jakarta to organized for their own activity. To my surprised, the 100HA has encouraged them to started their own club!
Well, for what it’s worth, astronomy is about our curiosity, maybe at first we did not know anything about, but then we peek through the telescope, we learn something & we enjoy it, and we try to discover something, far beyond cosmos, far beyond our imagination, in particular if we can share that curiouity to the younger generation, like these pictures.
For more pictures see on my facebook.