February 11, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) will offer free planetarium shows from February 15 to 19, when the country celebrates the National Astronomy Week (NAW).
Weather observer Nico Mendoza of the PAGASA’s Astronomical Observatory said the shows will be held at the planetarium inside PAGASA’s Science Garden in Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
He said admissions to the shows will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mendoza noted that the said planetarium has a 100-seating capacity.
During the shows, he said experts will conduct live lectures on astronomy so people could better appreciate and understand the creation, history, and development of the solar system.
Aside from the planetarium shows, Mendoza said PAGASA is also offering free stargazing and telescoping sessions at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory inside the University of the Philippines compound in Diliman, QC that will start at 7 p.m.
He said visiting schools during the event will receive free hand-outs and posters in astronomy.
PAGASA acting administrator Vicente Malano said parties interested in joining the event, especially those who wants to attend the shows at PAGASA’s planetarium, must call up the agency’s central office at (02) 434-2715 for reservations.
The theme for this year’s NAW is “Updating the Skills of Personnel from PAGASA Regional Services Division in Understanding Astronomical Events.”
In line with the theme, Malano said a seminar/workshop on astronomical sightings and observations for PAGASA field personnel will be conducted at the PAGASA main office in QC from February 18 to 19.
He said a stargazing session will follow after the seminar/workshop that will be held at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory.
The NAW is an annual event being observed in the Philippines every third week of February as mandated in Presidential Proclamation 130.
Under the said law, PAGASA is tasked to lead the celebration.