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 for collaboration, and to make new friends from various background. Not only attract the local, but this event also attract the colleagues from the neighbour country (Malaysia). Well, there is no border in astronomy.
The event culminated by the launching of the new solar telescopes in Bosscha Observatory, new eyes to the sky! For this occasion, Prof. Rob Rutten (Sterrekundig Institut Utrech, Institutt for Teoretisk Astrofisikk Oslo & The Dutch Open Telescope) gave general lecture about current progress in Solar Physics in the world.
All in all, things might be exciting, but in my own opinion, the whole process should wait for a ‘critical mass’, should astronomy evolve into a new phase of acceptance by much more people in my country, nevertheless, it has a profound repercussion. As long as they have fun in astronomy, they will find their way.