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.