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The Dawn of IYA 2009 in Indonesia – Why the Sun?


This is a fine place
Shining face to face
Those bonfire lights in the mirrored sky
The space between wonder and why

Ahh yes to yes to ahh ahh to yes
Why the sun?… why the sun?

Rush – Between Sun & Moon (Counterparts – 1993)

Why the Sun? that question is not simply a lyric from the musician (Rush). The similar question also asked by a reporter during our Dawn of IYA activities in Indonesia on 1st of January 2009. Read here for further story.

Januari 2, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, Daily Life, Education, Humanity, Social Activity, Unawe | , , | 2 Komentar

The Cosmic Diary

Happy New Year! Welcome to the 2009, the Year of Astronomy. In this year, i also involved in the Cosmic Diary project, so for the next writing i will put most my writing in my Cosmic Diary project, and put the link to this blog. The journey continue!

Januari 2, 2009 Posted by | Astronomy, Daily Life | , , | Tinggalkan komentar

Nearly Outside Visual Domain

Sometimes, just boring with all the tediousness, and doing something outside the ordinary. But, doing what? Suddenly, the idea came up, well, let’s take some pictures out of the ordinary? Then i grabbed my camera, put the filter on, take the picture. Because of the filter is in NIR (Near Infra Red), according to the brochure, which is on 7200 Å, added with UV blocker, that would be sufficient to block out the visual domain from our view, and this might be as if we see from the NIR domain. That would be out of ordinary, out of visual domain.

NIR picture from the western side of Bandung

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Daily Life, Nature | , , | 4 Komentar

APRIM the 10th & IYA 2009, Yours to Discover?

The last APRIM, the 10th, was held in Kunming, China. Such an exotic land. Consider this picture:

Stone Forest

Stone Forest

or this one? Baca lebih lanjut

Agustus 15, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, Daily Life, Education, Humanity, Nature, Social Activity | , , , , | 7 Komentar

The Graduation on Unawe Indonesia

Unawe Indonesia is like a travelling troupe, always moving from place to place to share the knowledge. Not just the team is always moving, but also the members are always changing, one come, one go. Nevertheless the unity bound all the member into one big family of unawe Indonesia. Like on previous week (19th of July, 2008), it was a happy moment for Unawe Indonesia, one of the gang, Yanti Yulianty had finally graduated from dept. of Astronomy, ITB. Hip hip hurraayyy … Surely there is celebration for the moment, (but for BOROS family only). LoL … Baca lebih lanjut

Juli 31, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, Daily Life, Humanity, Social Activity, Unawe | , , | 1 Komentar

A Short Visit to the Biak, The Future Space Port of Indonesia

Early this month i was adventuring to Biak, a small island on the most north-east edge of Indonesia. If the trip is only for another trip, so i guess not much to tell, everyone does the adventures here and there. So, what’s make this adventure so unique is, because Biak is not just another island. Sometimes around the future in Biak, there will be a space launch facility built. This facility is the third space launch center outside of Russia, the owner of the facility. This facility will provide the efficient and cost-effective launch services for space vehicle on the region of South East Asia and beyond.

Bandara Frans Kaisieppo di Waktu Siang

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April 15, 2008 Posted by | Daily Life, Nature, Social Activity | , , , , , , | 2 Komentar

When The Infant of The Solar System was Breathing for The First Time

For the first time, scientist able to measure the composition of oxygen from the earlier state of our Solar System. This finding recently announced on 10 March at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, by Kevin McKeegan, a cosmochemist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The finding that the Sun is relatively richer than Earth in oxygen-16, the most common oxygen isotope, contradicts the conventional wisdom that Earth has the same oxygen isotope composition as the Sun. The discovery also gives researchers a reference point for the oxygen composition at the origin of the Solar System.

To obtain the data, NASA use Genesis Probe to trap the stream of ionized particles a.k.a solar wind; because of the wind emanates from the relatively unchanged outer layers of the Sun, is thought to carry primordial oxygen (oxygen-16) among its elements.

Prior to this finding most believe that the composition of oxygen between Earth, Sun and other solarys-system bodies, should be the near the same; but this finding has given a new fact, that is, the solar has a greater proportion of oxygen-16 than on Earth.

This fact give scientists something to ponder, more; they need to understand why Earth’s oxygen composition is different from the Sun’s, and what chemical processes caused the change. Whatever the process, it would have sucked out oxygen-16 while the gas of the proto-Solar System condensed into solid grains that coalesced into the planets.

Like a first breath of a baby who just born around 4.5 billion years ago; the process that cause the difference of oxygen composition between Sun and Earth should protruding to research of what was going on back then. And that should give deeper understanding on how our solar system was birth, and ultimately about our present in this universe.

(Freely adapted from Nature 452, 259, 2008).

Maret 19, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, Daily Life, Education, Humanity, Nature | Tinggalkan komentar

Vatican lists “new sins,” including pollution

What is a sin? Sin is obviously a violation of principle rules, and usually works for religions. But i will not discuss about religions or spirituality, instead i just learn, even religion itself evolved. Religion and spirituality is needed by some people, and so does like science, the principle is needed as the guidance for their life.

Just like the scientific community struggling to cope with the issue of climate changing, so does religion contribute to humanity in It’s on way. So if you pollute the earth, you committed a sin, (if you are a Catholic), since Vatican just release a new lists of sins for polluting our earth.

Maret 10, 2008 Posted by | Daily Life, Environment, Humanity, Nature, Religion | , , , | Tinggalkan komentar

The Big Boy-Scout

The Boy Scout

During the last (first) trip of Unawe Indonesia, the team should took a long detour south, from Jogjakarta to East Java, since the the main road between the provinces was closed by flood. It took thrice the normal time if we use the main road. During the trip we pass the town of Pacitan, the hometown of the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudoyono.

Pacitan is the small town on a bay in the calm area of southern part of Java on the Indian Ocean. This is well known as the town of 1001 caves. But, we were not on vacation trip actually, since merely a detour trip. Nevertheless, there was still exciting experiences on the trip, since, .. surprise surprise .. we were greeted by many many boysouts of the nearby schools. Just like we are honorable guests. How could it be? We did not plan to visit the area nor want to be welcomed in such that manner. Even, we were escorted by the police!

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Januari 8, 2008 Posted by | Daily Life, Education, Humanity, Social Activity, Unawe | 3 Komentar

Wonder Woman From Java

Who will play Wonder Woman in the blockbuster movie? One can name Eva Longoria, Sandra Bullock, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Lawless, or legendary Lynda Carter, or name any actress that might fit the profile, nevertheless, that wonder woman is merely another fictional character from DC(TM)verse.

So, there is no wonder woman exist? In reality, wonder wome(a)n do(es) exist. Of course, without the indestructible bracelet and golden lasso, but she does exist, believe me. Maybe she cannot deflect bullets nor fly with mini suit, yet they know how to acrobat to survive. If you are not believe in me, see these pictures: Baca lebih lanjut

Januari 6, 2008 Posted by | Daily Life, Humanity, Social Activity | 2 Komentar