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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 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

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

The Giant Snakes and Ladders of Unawe Indonesia

It is great experience to joint another adventure of Unawe Indonesia. Well, i will not go in to the detail of the Unawe stories, since the story can be read from here. Instead, what is so interesting about this adventure, we always bring joy & fun for the kids, and like this time, there was another innovation came into play, that was … The Giant Snakes and Ladders!! (Of Unawe Indonesia).

Yeap, with such a 25 square-meter board, that should be fun for lot of children to participate in the game. Basically, the game is merely another snakes & ladders, but instead of ordinary snakes & ladders picture, the board is full of astronomical pictures, and the ladder & snakes replaced with the rocket & wormhole. Geee, i am landing on the moon, maybe that’s what a kid thought.

See the pictures below here.
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Juni 18, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, Culture, Education, Humanity, Social Activity, Unawe | , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 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

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

Mobile Planetarium of Unawe Indonesia

What if the sky was shroud with cloud for astronomy? Surely no gazing, since nothing to display in the sky. However, there is another option if the situation is not very good for sky-gazing. So, for basic education about the sky, Planetarium is everyone favorite. True, even, planetarium is the most attractive attraction during the last journey of Unawe Indonesia. Baca lebih lanjut

Januari 6, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, Education, Social Activity, Unawe | 4 Komentar

The Pilot Project of Unawe Indonesia

During the New Year Holiday, between Dec, 28th 2007 – Jan, 1st 2008, a group of astronomers of Indonesia from different background, working together for the first time in the Pilot Project of Unawe Indonesia. For this preliminary project, they try to travel around some places in Java Island. This expedition called as : Trans-Java Star Party 2007-2008.

The Car 1 The Car 2
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Januari 6, 2008 Posted by | Astronomy, Culture, Education, Social Activity, Unawe | 7 Komentar