Collision 2018: Explore New Worlds

Collision, an annual Astronomy quiz show for UP students was held last August 28, Tuesday 6:00-9:00 pm in the Vinzons Hall Rooftop. The theme for this year’s Collision followed the same theme as our organization’s application process, Explore New Worlds: Space Exploration. This year’s Collision covered the following topics:

  • Explorers: astronauts, scientists, engineers, and ordinary people behind famous feats of discovery
  • Spacecrafts: iconic spacecrafts that aided men to reach the farthest recesses of our solar system
  • Record Breakers: those that went down in history to become the greatest, those that set the record
  • Innovators: projects, inventions, and discoveries that will pave the way or more advanced space explorations in the future

Participants that joined the event worked in teams of 2 – 3 members. The quiz show was divided  into two rounds, an Elimination Round and a Final Round. The top three teams from the Elimination Round moved into the Final Round. For the Elimination Round, all the teams started with 1000 points, and they can gain or lose points by answering correctly or incorrectly. The amount of points added or subtracted to their total points is determined using two 6-sided dice. They will receive/lose 100 points if the rolled sum is even, and 150 if it is odd. Teams may pass, but they will automatically lose 50 points. To keep things exciting, the special rolls listed below were followed:

  • Sum 7 – next round is double points
  • Double 1 or 6 – all teams that passed will receive (instead of lose) 50 points, all teams that answered get nothing
  • Double number (followed after 10 questions)

o Group with lowest score and correct answer gets 300 points

o Group with the highest score and incorrect answer loses 300 points

For the Final Round,teams were tasked to play AstroTaboo. Each had a representative become the describer, while his/ her other teammates guess as much as they want. They were all given two minutes to correctly guess 15 words worth 1 point each. They can incur the following penalties for not following the rules: uttering taboo words or acting out.The teams were ranked based on the number of words they guessed, or if they guess all words, on their elapsed time.

A total of seven teams participated in Collision 2018. The following is a list of the winners with their corresponding team name and prize:

1ST PLACE (Php 1000) Team Aster: Gene Carlo Belinario, Joseph Rodelas, Peter Gabriel Ledesma

2ND PLACE (Php750) Team The Father, the Sun, the Holy Spirit: Jose Lorenzo Daguilan, Miguel Yulo, Francis Dominguez

3RD PLACE (Php 500) Team ISAW: Kenneth Jay Alaba, Vina Cielo Cacal, John Carlo Borromeo

The University of the Philippines Astronomical Society congratulates the winners of Collision 2018: Exploring New Worlds. We hope they had as much fun as the members did facilitating and organizing this event for UP students.May all the participants, whether winners or not,continue to be passionate and excited about Astronomy. To more Astro trivia and pop culture references in the future!

Ad astra per aspera!

National Astronomy Week 2017

National Astronomy Week 2017 started off with the launch of the Philippine Union of Student Organizations (PUSO) for Astronomy at the Manila Planetarium last February 12 in order to foster camaraderie at furtherance of the budding astronomy community here in the Philippines. With its objectives and mandate laid out, PUSO for Astronomy conducted a sidewalk astronomy at the Luneta Park later that evening.
In line with the theme “Emerging Space Technologies: A Jumpstart To Propel a Space Era”, UP Astronomical Society held a week-long exhibit at the National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman from Feb 13 to 19 featuring information about the History of the National Astronomy Week, as well as information regarding Philippine Astronomy, from our ancestors’ cosmologies up until the launching of Diwata-1 and the formation of the National Space Development Program along with a scale model of the Diwata-1 microsatellite.
We also had a free mobile planetarium show for students and the general public also at the National Institute of Physics, provided by the DOST-PAGASA.
On the final day of NAW 2017, UP AstroSoc held simultaneous events open for high school students and teachers. The following events are as follows:

  • Big Bang! an astronomy quiz show for high school students
  • Take Off! a rocket making competition for high school students
  • Parallax: a teachers’ workshop

The three major events mentioned were participated by hundreds of students and teachers all over Luzon. UP AstroSoc concluded its celebration of the National Astronomy Week upon awarding of certificates, tokens and the Grad Astral Cup.

Philippine Union of Student Organizations for Astronomy

For twenty-five years, the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society (UP AstroSoc) has been bringing together individuals interested in Astronomy and promoting Astronomy to the general public, especially the students. Together with fellow student organizations, it founded a network of astronomy-related student organizations called the Philippine Union of Student Organizations for Astronomy (PUSO for Astro) which is dedicated to contribute to the development of astronomy in the Philippines and is aimed towards the promotion of astronomy among the general public. PUSO for Astro serves as an exemplar of national cooperation among organizations across the country. Member organizations are as follows:
Ateneo League of Physicists
Bataan Peninsula State University Astronomical Society
De La Salle University Optical Society
Mindanao State University-Marawi Astronomical Society
Philippine Normal University Astronomical Society
Rizal Technological University Astronomy Society
University of Sto. Tomas Applied Physics Society
University of the Philippines Astronomical Society
University of the Philippines Baguio Astronomy Society
University of the Philippines Los Banos Astronomical Society

To kick-off the celebration of National Astronomy Week 2017, the PUSO for Astro had its official launching ceremony last February 12, 2017 at the Manila Planetarium where affiliated astronomical organizations across different parts of the country officially registered its membership to PUSO for Astro. Present in the launching ceremony are Ms. Kristine Jane Atienza and Mr. Kale Ashley Carurucan, two of the organization’s founders, as well as Mr. James Kevin Ty of the Astronomical League of the Philippines and Mr. Camilo Dacanay of the Philippine Astronomical Society.
This would not be possible if not for the organization’s founders and the undying support of its adviser Mr. Reuel Norman Marigza, Jr. and the National Museum Planetarium’s curator Ms. Ma. Belen Pabunan. Astronomy lectures and mobile planetarium shows were conducted in the afternoon by Mr. Gary Andreassen and Mr. Anthony Urbano of the Manila Street Astronomers, and Mr. Rizchel Masong of the DLSU Optics Society. This historic day in the astronomy community has been concluded with a free telescope viewing held in Rizal Park. With birth of PUSO for Astro comes not just an avenue to bring the cosmos closer to students and the general public but also a stronger unity. We are all under one sky; one astronomy community.

Free Planetarium Show

The registration for the Planetarium Show is now up. It is open and free for the general public. It would not be limited to only high school students or UP students but for everyone. Just present an ID at the entrance of the National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman.

However we only have limited slots so sign up here now!

From February 13-18, the UP Astronomical Society will be celebrating the National Astronomy Week 2017. A week-long exhibit, two-day planetarium show and a culmination day will take place at the National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman. The activities, which are targeted at students from grades 7-12 and High School teachers, are designed to deepen the participants’ knowledge of and enthusiasm for astronomy. Through the celebration of NAW, UP Astrosoc seeks to show how astronomy can be integral to the development of the Filipino people.

Ad Astra!