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PAGASA to hold free planetarium, telescoping, stargazing sessions

by Joanna Deala

THIS is your chance to learn more about astronomy, while appreciating the beauty of the night sky.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced yesterday that it will hold a planetarium show and a telescoping and stargazing session for free, on October 10.

The activities will be held in celebration of World Space Week, whose theme this year is “Space and Entrepreneurship.”

“Don’t forget to bring your family and friends for an evening of celestial discoveries!” PAGASA said in its Facebook post.

The planetarium show will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PAGASA Planetarium, Science Garden Complex, in Quezon City; followed by telescoping and stargazing session from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory, also in QC. 

According to PAGASA, the planetarium show will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions that will immerse participants in the beauty of the universe as they explore distant galaxies, the solar system, and mysteries of space at the agency’s planetarium.

Meanwhile, expert astronomers will guide attendees through constellations, planets, and other celestial wonders in the telescoping and stargazing session.

Participants will also get the chance to build their connections in the event.

“This is an incredible opportunity to connect with fellow space enthusiasts, learn from experts, and experience the magic of the cosmos up close,” the weather bureau said.

The programs will be opened for walk-ins, it added.

This was not the first time PAGASA held free planetarium shows and stargazing sessions. 

The bureau also conducted the two events as part of National Astronomy Week in February and in April in celebration of the Global Astronomy Month.

First declared in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, World Space Week is a celebration of science and technology, and how they contributed to the improvement of humans’ lives, according to the World Space Week Association’s website. 

World Space Week is being celebrated annually from October 4 to 10 in 87 countries, including the Philippines.

The Philippine Space Agency, an attached agency of the Office of the President mandated to address all national issues and activities related to space S&T applications, invited Filipinos to join the commemoration of World Space Week.

“On this occasion, the Philippine Space Agency reaffirms its commitment to fostering domestic space innovations through proactive and agile engagements with Filipino enterprises and entrepreneurs as ultimate value-adders and creators, and as integral to our #YamangKalawakan,” PhilSA Director General Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr. said in a statement.



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