The Aldebaran – Chronicles of the Stars Pilgrim

Conundrum of Astronomy, particularly in South East Asia

Then There is a Vision of a Planet on Fomalhaut

It is a wonderful first magnitude star for the southern hemisphere, its name means ‘the mouth of the (southern) fish’, derived from the Arabic, (فم الحوت ); representing a mouth of a fish lying on its back, drinking in the waters pouring from the jars of Aquarius. The lying fish is well known as constellation Piscis Austrinus, and the bright one on its mouth is known as Fomalhaut. Fomalhaut is well noted as one of the brightest star in the southern hemisphere.

Fomalhaut - personal collection

Piscis Austrinis - Image from solstation.com

Piscis Austrinis - Image from solstation.com

Since the ancient time, Fomalhaut has play cultural significance for many observers around the globe. One well known name is Lonely Star of Autumn, because it is the only first-magnitude star in the autumn sky of mid-northern latitudes. For the Persians, Fomalhaut is one of the four ‘royal stars’, that is ‘The Watcher of the North’. Not just for the ancient, Fomalhaut still play major roles for human endeavor in the sky until the modern time. So, what about now? Baca lebih lanjut

November 16, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, Humanity, Nature | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 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

The Intangible Universe

Last week, on Oct, 18th 2008, LAPAN (The Indonesian Institute of Aeronautics & Space) was organizing the festival of space science. With the help of Unawe-Indonesia & Langitselatan community, they catered many activities that related to space science, from just playing many games with the children, learning the basic concept of rocketry & space travel by simulation of water-rocket, quiz competition for junior high-school, and visual-aid creation competition for senior high school.

Indeed it was a fiesta. Baca lebih lanjut

Oktober 24, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, Culture, Education, Humanity, Nature, Social Activity, Unawe | , , , , , , , , | 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

When The Future of Our Planet is Bleak

What will happen to humanity in the future, if the water is no longer available to support life? Gee .. that must be a harrowing projection of our future on earth. But, consider any models from climate expert on the changing climate, every models will agree that the trend of global temperature is increasing. Baca lebih lanjut

Juli 19, 2008 Posted by | Environment, Humanity, Nature | , , , | 4 Komentar

Vatican: The Extraterrestrial Is My Brethren

If for some times believing in alien, extraterrestrial being, ET, is only a discussion in science or even pseudo-science; let’s turn the page! Because here comes a new era, when this topic is welcomed by religion. Vatican astronomer says believing in aliens does not contradict faith in God. Right, so humanity is step into a new era.

But before we move forward, are there really exist extraterrestrial life-forms? Baca lebih lanjut

Mei 26, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, Culture, Humanity, Nature | , , , , , , , , , | 10 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 First Indonesian’s Star Party & Universe Awareness – The Next Step

The Southern Sky Astronomy Gathering 2007 was conducted on 25th-26th of August in Stasiun Pengamat Dirgantara LAPAN (Pamulihan, Sumedang West Java). It was an event which the first time enabled astronomy goers from all around Indonesia to gather & share experiences on astronomy activities. The purpose of this activity was to give people an opportunity to learn more about astronomy and to raise public enthusiasm.

Many astronomy activities were carried out which catered for a wide range of ages, interests and backgrounds. Hopefully this step will be the beginning of astronomy popularization and awareness in Indonesia. Baca lebih lanjut

November 3, 2007 Posted by | Astronomy, Culture, Nature, Social Activity, Unawe | 3 Komentar