PAGASA spearheads National Astronomy Week (NAW) 2013 Celebrations

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) spearheads National Astronomy Week (NAW) celebration, an annual event being observed every 3rd week of February. Celebration is ongoing until February 24 with the theme "Solar Max 2013: Discovering the Sun's Awakening Power."
National Astronomy Week 2013
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The agency is mandated under Presidential Proclamation No. 130 to lead the annual celebration. PAGASA has prepared the following activities for the whole celebration:

Free Planetarium Shows

Stargazing and Telescoping Sessions at PAGASA Observatory

First Astrophotography Contest for Elementary/High School Level (combined level) and College Students (First-Come, First-Served Basis)

Free Posters in Astronomy to Visiting Schools at the Planetarium and Astronomical Observatory.

Free 2 days Mobile Planetarium Shows, Stargazing and Telescoping Sessions in Selected Public Elementary and High School Students in Legazpi City.

Seminar/Workshop on Basic and Observational Astronomy for Public Science Teachers in Metro Manila.

The free planetarium shows and lecture and telescoping sessions will be held at the PAGASA Science Garden and Astronomical Observatory, respectively. It will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Planetarium shows will be conducted from 8:00 AM to 5:00 P.M. daily, while telescoping sessions will start at 7:00 o'clock nightly. Please see Attachment 1 for the mechanics of the 1st Astrophotography Contest.

The Seminar/Workshop for Public Science Teachers of Metro Manila will be conducted at the Main Conference Room, 2nd Floor, PAGASA Central Office Bldg., Science Garden, Agham Road, Diliman Quezon City on 22 February 2013 at 2:30 PM. A stargazing session will follow after the Seminar/Workshop, which will be held at the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Interested parties who would like to visit their astronomical facilities during the celebration may call at telephone number 434-2715 for reservation purposes.

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