TASOS Celebrates Earth Hour at Jurong Central Park on 23 Mar 2013
In support of Earth Hour 2013 on 23 Mar 13, TASOS conducted a side-walk astronomy event on 23 Mar 13 at Jurong Central Park from 7.30pm to midnight. TASOS members as well as the public joined in the fun and many used their iphones to capture images of the first quarter Moon. Jurong Central Park is across the road from Jurong Point and Boon Lay MRT Station beside a carpark where MacDonald Fast Food Restaurant is located. Albert Tan setup his Celestron C14 while TASOS deployed a Nexstar 8SE. Soh Kim Mun set up a 5 inch Borg refractor and President Albert Ho brought along his superb Takahashi FS78 for the event. All are delighted that Mr. Kalaimani also came to help this activity. Participants saw a pristine quarter Moon, Jupiter and later that night planet Saturn and her majestic rings. Some scopes were also pointed at deep sky objects although light pollution limits their true beauty. In all, a lot of people enjoyed the event.
TASOS Collaborate with Science Centre Singapore to Host Galaxy Forum on 9 Mar 2013
TASOS and Science Centre Singapore organized and hosted the Galaxy Forum at their Dalton Lecture Hall on 9th March 2013. The lecture hall was full with participants and Prof Lim Tit Meng made a short welcome speech at 9.15am. Mr. Steve Durst from ILOA then talked about ILOA 21st Century Galaxy Education. This was followed by an interesting talk “Astronomy, Calendar and Society” by Dr. KK Cheong from TASOS. Assoc Prof Phil Chan AH then talked about NUS Astronomy Activities and Research. Tea break followed and Noor Isham Sanif gave an account on the significance of astronomy in Muslim consciousness. The last 2 speakers were Boonrucksar Soonthornthum and Dr. Chatiet Kunjaya from NARIT Thailand and Indonesia respectively. This was followed by a panel discussion whereby Prof Lim so kindly acknowledge the collaboration efforts of TASOS with SCS over so many years and his will to further the interest of astronomy in the time to come.
TASOS T-Shirt on Sale
Limited quantity and sizes of TASOS T-Shirts available for sale at Astro-Scientific Centre, Omni-Theatre Building.
Cotton - With and Without Pocket at $10 each.
Dryfit - Without pocket at $25 each.
TASOS Talk on The Life of A Star (Part II) by TASOS committee member Prof SM Chong on 11 Jan 2013
TASOS organized a talk titled “Life of a Star – Part II” given by TASOS Committee member Prof SM Chong on Friday 11th Jan 2013 at the Observatory Classroom. A number of TASOS member attended the talk which was a continuation from an earlier talk titled Life of a Star Part I. Prof Chong covered many aspects of a star’s life and touched on transfer of mass and type I and II supernovae etc. It was very informative and the session ended with the usual questions and answers. The talk ended at about 9.30pm and some members went on to the usual Friday Observatory session.
TASOS Supporting IWC on their Launch of Sidereal Watch on 30th Nov 2012
TASOS was invited to support IWC on their launch of their Sidereal Watch at Tarmarind Hill on 30th Nov 2012 evening. TASOS President Albert Ho gave an talk on Basic Introduction to Astronomy at the event and a total of 4 telescopes were setup for IWC participants viewing – they were Albert Tan’s C14 setup, a Celestron Nexstar 8SE, a 125mm Borg refractor and a Vixen reflector on EM 10 Takahashi mount. In the evening, there was a light shower and so all the telescopes had to be covered by trash bags – fortunately it lasted a short while and the sky became good enough to view Jupiter and the Moon. All present enjoyed the viewing session and many used their hand phones to capture images of Jupiter and the Moon. The launch event was very successful and the event ended about midnight.
TASOS Semakau Island Stargazing Trip to View Leonid Meteor Shower on 17th Nov 2012
TASOS organized another overnight Semakau Stargazing trip on the weekend of 17th to 18th Nov 2012 to view this year’s Leonid meteor shower. A total of 24 participants joined in and although the evening started out badly as it rained heavily, the weather improved after 9.00pm and telescopes were set up for the viewing of Jupiter while anticipation builds up to see if we could catch any leonids. Prior, the participants took a bus trip to the end tip of the island 7.5km away just to visit the actual site but as the weather was not promising and there were a lot thunder, a decision was made to observe from just outside of the main NEA building. There was a screening of astronomy show and a very late night porridge session organized by TASOS committee Albert Tan. Other committee present were President Albert Ho, Vice President Ang PS, Hon Treasurer Albert Lim, Kapilan and Ong GM. Overall, it was a good trip although only one group claim to have seen a leonid.
TASOS Talk on The Life of A Star (Part 1) by TASOS committee member Prof SM Chong on 19 Oct 2012
TASOS organized a talk on 19th Oct 2012 Friday evening at the observatory Classroom titled “The Life of a Star – Part 1”. The talk was conducted by TASOS committee member Prof SM Ching from 8.00pm till 9.15pm. Prof Chong covered many aspects of the life of a star making references to Star lifetime and their long time spent on the main sequence of the HR diagram. The talk was interesting and there was questions and answers session following the talk. Although the audience was not large, most enjoyed the session
TASOS Mooncake Celebration on Friday Evening, 27th September 2012
TASOS organized a Moon Cake celebration on Friday evening 27th Sep 2012 for all members. A number of astronomy Podcast shows were screened throughout the night covering episodes from ESO, NASA and the Apollo 11 Moon landing – this was also a tribute the late Neil Armstrong who pass away very recently. TASOS President Albert Ho welcomed members and invited Yong’s group and volunteers from Science Centre to join our celebrations. The usual Friday observing session was on and The Moon was visible even though the weather was not great. TASOS members chatted and most enjoyed the session.
TASOS Organized Star Party for Members of Marina at Keppel Bay on 25th August 2012
TASOS organized a star party cum astronomy talk on 25th Aug 2012 Saturday evening for members of Marina at Keppel Bay. The astronomy talk was conducted by TASOS President Albert Ho from 7.30pm till 8.45pm. Meanwhile, TASOS committee and our Members set up telescopes at the end of the Marina open space. The Moon was visible on and off but through the clouds and generally no other objects were visible unfortunately due to the cloudy conditions. Despite the non ideal conditions, participants enjoyed looking and taking photos of the Moon using their phone cameras and looking at the cable cars and a fire atop of a refinery tower close up through TASOS telescopes. The participants chatted with TASOS members who answered their questions and most enjoyed the session.
TASOS Talk on The Sun and Space Weather by TASOS member Dr Cheong on 17th August 2012
TASOS organized a talk on 17th Aug 2012 Friday evening at the observatory Classroom titled “The Sun and Space Weather”. The talk was conducted by TASOS member Dr. Cheong Kam Khow from 8.00pm till 9.15pm. Dr. Cheong covered aspects of solar flares, solar wind and their types and how these solar activities affect society more so than in the past due to technological advances. More high tech equipment available today are prone to extreme solar activities – most of these equipment did not exist few decades ago. Interesting videos and some discussions followed before the talk end at 9.15pm. Although the audience was not large, most enjoyed the session..
TASOS Semakau island Stargazing Trip on 28th July 2012
TASOS organized a Semakau stargazing trip on the weekend of 28-29 Jul 2012. A total of 54 participants inclusive Groups from Raffles Institution, Victoria JC, members of public and TASOS Committee and members attended. A Semakau and safety briefing and short talk on the sky at night was conducted by TASOS President Albert Ho. The bus took 3 trips to ferry all participants to site at about 6.30pm and Telescopes and binoculars were set up inclusive TASOS Celestron GPS 8 and 125mm giant binoculars. Alignment was in progress when the group was hit by strong wind and rain. All participants were ferried back to the safety of the NEA main building and the weather did not improve until the early morning hours when the scopes were setup again for views of Orion Nebula, Jupiter and Venus. Although the weather was less than perfect, it was a memorable and enjoyable experience for all participants.
TASOS Transit of Venus Observation at Science Center Sinapore on 6th June 2012
TASOS collaborated with Science Centre Singapore for the
Public event of Transit of Venus. The sun was totally clouded out from Sunrise, it cleared however after about 10.30am to everyone’s delight and every one was treated to great views of a small dark Venus disk silhouetted
against a much brighter and larger solar disk.
TASOS President Albert Ho gave a talk to a large crowd on Transit of Venus and Albert Lim and Ang PS setup a photo station at the small observatory which recorded the transit after it cleared till the end. Albert Tan turn out in force withhis C14 setup complete with full aperture solar filter. TASOS help to provide and man 6 scopes on the ground along with 5 from SCS and one from Madrasah school. The turnout was estimated at about 3,000 participants. A German TV station did an interview shoot of TASOS group. TASOS President Albert Ho and Science Centre head Prof Lim Tit Meng were also interviewed individually.
During the Transit of Venus, Albert Lim and PS Ang jointly took photos of the Transit from midway after the clouds cleared till the final 4th contact. View the above astrophotos of this Transit taken with a Vixen VCL200 on Showa 20E Mount and a Nikon D700 camera. The images are raw jpeg without any processing.
Transit of Venus Visible from Singapore on the morning of 6 June 2012
This extremely rare event of the Transit of Venus will be entirely visible throughout most of eastern Asia,
eastern Australia, and Alaska. A partial transit can be seen in progress at sunrise throughout Europe, western Asia, and
eastern Africa. The transit will be Visible from Singapore on the morning of June 6.
This is a truly once in a life time event which you must not miss as the next Transit of Venus will only be in Dec 2117. Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits 8 years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. The last transit of Venus was on 8 June 2004. After the 2012 transit, the next transits of Venus will be in December 2117 and December 2125.
The transit of Venus starts before sunrise on June 6. The transit will be visible from singapore at Sunrise about 6.57am on June 6 and will ends at 12.49pm.
The Timing ( 6 June 2012 - Singapore Time) of Transit of Venus is as shown:
6.13 am - Ingress Exterior (No visible from singapore)
6.31 am - Ingress Interior (No visible from singapore)
6.57 am - Sunrise (Venus Transit visible from singapore after Sunrise)
12.31 pm - Egress Interior
12.49 pm - Egress Exterior (End of Venus Transit)
TASOS will collaborate with Science Centre Singapore for this event. Participants are invited to the observatory grounds
to view this Transit of Venus through telescopes setup by TASOS and Science Centre Singapore. The event will open by 9.00am for all participants
and the transit will be visible up to 12.49pm.
Solar Viewers and TASOS T shirts will be on sale at the Transit Venue (area just outside of the Observatory classroom) where the live video feed of the event from the large observatory will be staged. These solar viewers can be used to view the transit event and kept for future solar or solar eclipse observations. At midpoint of the transit, a short talk will be conducted at the Transit Venue for participants. We look forward to seeing TASOS members and your friends at this historic event.
Warning: Looking directly at the Sun without proper solar filter or protection would cause permanent blindness. You may view the Sun directly only through a special filter made for safe solar viewing. Never look directly through telescopes, binoculars or cameras towards the Sun without proper solar filters.
TASOS Star Party for Global Astronomy Month 2012 on 28th April 2012
In support of Global Star Party for Global Astronomy Month 2012, TASOS conducted a public Star-Gazing session at Bishan Park 2 on 28th Apr 2012. This is the second time TASOS has held a public viewing at the Park - the first viewing was on 31st Mar 2012. There was a lot of turnout and some of the participants even remembered TASOS from the first viewing event. The crowd were delighted with fantastic views of the Moon and her craters and planet Venus early in the night. The majestic rings of planet Saturn and her Cassini division showed clearly with Albert Tan’s Celestron 14 telescope. Many also enjoyed looking through the Society’s giant binoculars (donated by Lee Foundation) and TASOS President Albert Ho’s superb Takahashi Apo refractor. The event was another great success for TASOS.
TASOS Visit to AGCC Observatory on Sunday Evening 22nd Apr 2012
TASOS new President Albert Ho led a team of TASOS committee, co-opted and ordinary members on a visit to AGCC Observatory on Sunday evening 22nd Apr 2012 on the invitation of Mr. Adrian Pereira. The event was organized to celebrate Earth Day and although the weather did not permit the 6th floor observatory to be opened, it was nevertheless an inspiring and enjoyable visit. The Observatory boast a Takahashi 12 inch Mewlon CR on Showa 25E heavy computerized mount running Atlas and TheSky 6.0 Pro control and planetarium software. The observatory is aptly called Andromeda Observatory and is equipped with the superb 3.0m Nisshin Stainless Steel Dome. The CC is also appropriately named The Galaxy Community Club.
Earth Hour 2012 Star Party at Bishan Park 2 on 31 Mar 2012
In support of Earth Hour 2012, TASOS conducted a public Star-Gazing session at Bishan Park 2 on 31 Mar 12 (Sat.) right after the TASOS AGM. TASOS committee and members set up their telescopes for members of the public to view many beautiful celestial objects. Albert Tan brought along his huge C14 setup. Albert Lim and Ang Poon Seng brought along the Society’s Giant binoculars and the Celestron Nexstar 8 SE computerized telescope. TASOS elected President Albert Ho bought along his Takahashi APO refractor setup while Stuart Croy and Dave had their Tak Mewlon and a refractor at the event. The event attracted a very large pool of people starting from 7.30pm in the evening all the way continuously till the early morning hours. This event was the first under TASOS new committee 2012 and is a huge success. TASOS committee received many compliments from members of the public.
TASOS AGM 31 March 2012 at Observatory Classroom
TASOS held its 2012 AGM on 31 Mar 2012 at the Observatory
Classroom at Omni Theatre, Science Centre Singapore from
2.00pm to 5.00pm. The AGM started with a quorum. The AGM progressed smoothly and
proposed amendments to TASOS Constitution were passed. Mr Albert Ho was elected as new President.
The meeting closed at 5.00 pm. After the AGM, all participants attended a TASOS 20th Anniversary cake
cutting party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of TASOS and a light reception of sandwiches and refreshments
outside the observatory classroom.
The Office bearers elected are as follows :
President : Albert Ho A H
Vice President : Ang Poon Seng
Hon. Secretary : Teo Poh Kheam
Asst Secretary : Ong Geok May
Hon Treasurer : Albert Lim C H
Committee Members :
1) Prof Chong Siew Meng
2) Albert Tan B W
3) Jeffrey Lim Cher Koon
1) Dr. Cheong Kam Khow
2) Thomas Ang
TASOS Talk on Basic Astronomy for Scout group by TASOS Asst. Secretary Mr. Kalaimani on Friday 9 Mar 2012
TASOS Hon Secretary Mr. Kalaimani gave an interesting talk on astronomy to a Scout group on Friday 9 March 2012 at the Observatory Classroom. Members of the group came up and thank the speaker after the talk at about 9.00pm. Thereafter. the group proceed to observe the night sky through Albert Tan’s C14 telescope.
TASOS Talk on Ancient Astronomy by TASOS Asst. Secretary Mr. Kalaimani on Friday 27 Jan 2012
TASOS Hon Secretary Kalaimani gave a talk titled Ancient Astronomy at the Observatory Classroom on 27th Jan 2012 from 7.45pm to 8.45pm for TASOS members. The Synopsis of the talk – Astronomy is the oldest Science. This talk summarised how astronomy was practiced in various Cultures through the world in ancient times. All participants enjoyed the lively talk and the Chinese New Year atmosphere.
TASOS at Last Friday Observatory Session for 2011
Friday 30th Dec 2011 marks the last Friday Observatory Session at the Observatory grounds. TASOS committee Albert Ho manned the large Observatory 16 inch scope for the public with Andrew from Science Centre while TASOS committee Kapilan assist Yong with the smaller 3.0m observatory. A large crowd came and went during the session and the weather cleared from a prolong period of bad weather. The public were treated to telescopic view of the Moon and Jupiter and most were impressed with the almost quarter Moon. The public and many TASOS members enjoyed this last Friday Observatory Session for 2011
TASOS Total Lunar Eclipse Observation at Labrador Park on 10 Dec 2011
TASOS Total Lunar Eclipse 10 Dec 2011 Observation was a great success. An estimate of one thousand or so participants gathered at Labrador Park to observe this eclipse. TASOS telescopes, Giant Binocular (donated by Lee Foundation) and many member's telescopes include Albert Tan's robotic C14 scope were setup for public viewing. The sky was clear and participants got to see the entire eclipse and had a real good time.
TASOS support Slooh.com with live image feed on 10 Dec 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse from SINGAPORE
TASOS President Albert Lim used his home observatory to capture and uploaded total lunar eclipse images of 10th Dec in support of slooh.com. He was assisted by his son Lim Wei Rong and TASOS member How Woei Mun throughout. Paul Cox from slooh had made a request a week earlier for live image feed on the event from SINGAPORE. The images were captured via a Nikon D700 with the Takahashi FSQ106ED with TeleVue 4x Powermate and tracked on the observatory’s Paramount ME. The entire eclipse umbra was captured from beginning to end in its entirety and uploaded onto slooh’s server. The software used was watch Directory with ImageMagick. The files were loaded onto watch directory on C drive and then batch process for crop, resize and conversion before finally being uploaded onto the slooh server. Overall, the event was a complete success and millions around the world got to watch the live feed and hear Bob Berman talk about the eclipse. Live feeds were simultaneously streamed from Mauna Kea, Dubai, Australia and also our observatory in Singapore. It was a really enjoyable experience.
Click here to view the Total Lunar Eclipse photos. These are select photos from over 700 taken on eclipse night in Nikon NEF and fine Jpeg format.
Total Lunar Eclipse in the Evening of 10 Dec 2011
- TASOS Total Lunar Eclipse Observation
The total lunar eclipse is visible just after sunset.
The eclipse sequence ( 10 Dec 2011 - Singapore
Time) is as shown:
7.31 pm - Start of Penumbra Eclipse.
8.45 pm - Start of Umbra Partial Phase.
10.05 pm - Start of Total Eclipse.
10.31 pm - Maximum Eclipse.
10.57 pm - End of Total Eclipse.
12.18 am - End of Umbra Partial Eclipse.
1.31 am - End of Penumbra Eclipse.
TASOS will hold the Total Lunar Eclipse Observation at Labrador Park (at the Berlayer Beacon facing Sentosa). The observation will start from 7.45pm and end about midnight. TASOS will setup telescopes and binoculars for the eclipse observation. All are welcome.
TASOS Talk on The Lost Siblings of the Sun by TASOS committee member Prof SM Chong on 25th Nov 2011
On 25th Nov Friday evening, Prof SM Chong gave a very Interesting talk titled “The Lost Siblings of The Sun” to TASOS members at the Observatory classroom. Prof Chong started with active and non active molecular Clouds and embedded clusters and went on to explain how Solar System bodies were contaminated by radio Isotopes from a relatively nearby Supernova. He talked about the problems and complexities of finding the Sun’s siblings which potentially number 100 to 1000. They are scattered all over the Milky Way about 100pc from the Sun. The talk ended at about 9.00pm followed by the usual Friday observing session at the observatory grounds.
TASOS captures Asteroid 2005YU55 as it sails past between Earth and Moon on 9th Nov 2011
TASOS President Albert Lim captured a series of photo sequence of Asteroid 2005YU55 as it races past the Earth on the night of the of 9th Nov 2011 Wednesday from his observatory from 2100hrs LT to 2330hrs LT. The Asteroid was moving East from the constellation of Pegasus from near the bright star Algenib into the constellation of Pisces. The photo attached showed the 2005YU55 as at 10.30pm local time when it was located at RA 00h 59m 16.27s and Dec +19d 21m 57.1s (J2000). This photo of the 12th magnitude asteroid was taken with a Nikon D700 with MLU at 15 secs exposure at ISO1600 through the observatory’s RC Optical 40 cm telescope on Paramount ME. The sky condition was partially cloudy and the target was blinded In the glow of the bright full Moon nearby. The asteroid was moving at very high velocity thus producing a trail even in this short 15 sec exposure. (40 cm RC focal length 2,600mm F6.5). It was moving rapidly towards the East passing North of the 10.45 magnitude bright star GSC1192:1259. Click View More Pictures button to see photos of asteroid 2005YU55 and its path and comparison sky map.
TASOS Talk on Astrophotography Using CCD and DSLR by TASOS Vice President, Ang Poon Seng on 21st Oct 2011
TASOS Vice President Ang Poon Seng gave a talk on Astrophotography at the Observatory classroom on Friday evening 21st Oct 2011. The talk was well attended by TASOS members and covers basic to advanced techniques in astrophotography. VP Ang covered topics as “How to take star trails” and “How to photograph solar eclipses” as well as the different aspects of Digital SLR photography and to more advanced CCD imaging via LRGB techniques. Imaging processing and steps were shown along with many astrophotos taken by VP Ang himself. Participants learnt a lot from this talk and were encouraged to try astrophotography themselves.
TASOS Joined NEA-MEDIACORP SEMAKAU RUN 2011 on 8th October 2010
The Annual NEA-MediaCorp Semakau Run 2011 was on 8 October 2011. As one of the active nature groups at Semakau Landfill, NEA extended an invitation to 2 senior committee members of TASOS as guests to the event. Mr Kalaimani and Mr Albert Tan represented TASOS and took part in the event.
TASOS Semakau Island Stargazing Trip on 24 September 2011
TASOS's star gazing Trip to Semakau Landfill on 24-25th Sep 2011 was a great success. The sky was excellent throughout most of the night. Participants got to see the regions around Scorpio, Sagittarius, Orion, etc.... including the Milky Way!!! Jupiter was superbly clear. Participants were enthralled to see the Giant planet, M57, M31, M45 and many Messier objects. The morning slim crescent with earthshine was a pleasant surprise to them. The participants thanked TASOS for organizing the event.
TASOS Mooncake Celebration on Friday Evening, 9th September 2011
TASOS celebrated MoonCake Festival on Friday evening, 9th Sep 2011 at the Observatory classroom with TASOS members and staff from the SCS observatory Andrew, Yong and their helpers. An interesting film about Moon was appropriately screened for all participants. At about 9.00pm, the celebration started with a feast of mooncake, pomelos and drinks. Albert Tan brought along his C14 setup but did not get a chance to deploy it as the sky was not ideal.
TASOS Talk on Constellation and Greek Mythology by TASOS Hon. Secretary Albert Ho on 5 Aug 2011
TASOS Hon. Secretary Albert Ho gave a talk tiled - Constellation and Greek Mythology at the observatory classroom from 8.00pm to 9.00pm on Friday night 5th Aug 2011. The talk centered on how constellations started and Many interesting stories surrounding the Greek Mythologies and their ancient Gods. The participants enjoyed a lively and entertaining talk. The skies was also clear and most who attended also went out to the observatory grounds to observe the night sky through giant 150mm binoculars and Celestron telescopes.
TASOS Talk on The Beauty of Aurora by TASOS committee member Dr. K K Cheong on Friday 22nd Jul 2011
TASOS committee member Dr. K K Cheong gave a talk to TASOS members Titled - The Beauty of Aurora on Friday evening 22nd Jul 2011 at the Observatory Classroom at Omni Theatre, Science Centre Singapore. The talk lasted just over an hour from 8.00pm to 9.15pm. Dr. Cheong discussed the ingredients needed for the Aurora to form and supplemented his talk with many beautiful Photos and videos of Auroras. Overall, all participants enjoyed the talk and had a good time.
TASOS Set up Robotic C14 Telescope for Observation at the Science Centre Observatory grounds on Friday evening 22nd Jul 2011
TASOS committee member Albert Tan kindly set up his C14 Telescope at the Science Centre Observatory grounds on Friday evening 22nd Jul 2011. On this night, the Observatory at the Science Centre is closed. Nonetheless a number of astronomy enthusiast gathered there and was able to view Saturn through Albert Tan’s C14. The observation lasted for the group till past 10.00pm.
A stargazing event for kids from Jamiyah children home at Maris Stella on 15th July 2012
On 15th of July 2011, Maris Stella High (School), in collaboration with The Astronomical Society of Singapore (TASOS)
was delighted to host twenty kids from Jamiyah Children Home for a Stargazing Night.
Prof Srinivasan from TASOS gave an interesting talk about Astronomy. Prof Srini shared about the basics of astronomy and rocket science while engaging the children with fun activities like creating a rocket balloon.
After the talk, the children, aged 9 to 12, were brought to Maris Astronomical Research Station (MARS) of the school. Althought it was a cloudy night, they were fixated that they had the opportunity to view the night sky of planets stars and planets via an iPad application called Starwalk.
For the school, it was a humbling experience to share a beautiful night with the children who left the school grinning from ear to ear and sparkling filled with excitement.
TASOS records dual occultation of bright star 13R and Hydra by Pluto on 27th June 2011
On the Monday evening of 27th June 2011, TASOS President Albert Lim,
TASOS VP Ang Poon Seng and TASOS co-opt committee Tan Wei Leong
gathered at the President’s home observatory to record these events.
Wei Leong had received a late e-mail request to record these events.
The bright 13.9 mag target Star R is located at RA 18h 25m 29.010s and Dec -18d 48m 47.570s J2000 co-ordinates. The magnitude drop in Star R is expected to be 0.8 when occulted by Pluto. This first Pluto event is predicted to last a maximum of 130seconds. The predicted time of Pluto occultation is at UT 14h 17m 15s (+/- 16 secs) on 27th June 2011. A second occultation of Pluto’s small moon Hydra also occurs on the same night some 33 mins later at UT 14h 50m 23s (+/- 16 secs). The predicted duration of occultation of Hydra is maximum of 4.2 secs. This second event is challenging given the approx visual magnitude of Pluto at mag 14.0 and that of Hydra at mag 23. The Pluto starfield had first to be confirmed with the observatory’s 40cm F6.3 RC Optical on Paramount ME. It took sometime before the field was finally plate resolved and Pluto captured through Wei Leong’s QSI 583 CCD camera. A smaller field of the target was then recorded of the event through the 16 inch RC using a Flea3 camera operating at 2x2 bin, 0.5s at 2fps starting from approx UT 14h 05m through 15h 10m supposing covering both the occultation events. LT correspond to 10.05pm start capture through to 11.05pm end on Monday night 27 June 2011. 300 dark frames were taken with the Flea3 at the end of the recording session. The raw data is being Fedex by Wei Leong to NASA as requested. The result be it an event or non event will still place constraints for better future predictions we hope.
The 3 charts attached shows Pluto’s motion bottom up vertically from 26th Jun thru 27th Jun at occultation time and 28th Jun 2011. North is to the Left and East is Down on these charts and the QSI 583 CCD Image of Pluto. The target star 13R is marked on the 26th and 28th Jun charts. The 27th Jun chart shows Pluto occulting the star as to be expected.
TASOS Talk on Hubble Space Telescope by TASOS Asst. Hon. Secretary Mr. Kalaimani on 17 May 2011
TASOS Asst Hon Secretary Mr. Kalaimani gave a talk on Hubble Space Telescope on 17th May 2011 Friday evening at the Observatory classroom. There was a good attendance and Kalaimani gave a historical perspective on his Hubble talk from early telescopes as well as Edwin Hubble himself. Spectacular images from Hubble was shown and the talk ended with some questions and answers from the audience. The usual Friday Observatory sessions follows after the talk.
Overnight Total Lunar Eclipse 2011 Observation cum Star Party on 15 to 16 June 2011
TASOS in collaboration with Science Centre
Singapore organized the Overnight Total Lunar Eclipse 2011
Observation cum Star Party
The umbra Lunar Eclipse started at 16 Jun 2011-2.22am and ended at 6.02am with the total eclipse phase last 100 minutes at magnitude 1.71. This is one of the darkest eclipse at totality that could be observed.
An estimated 2 thousand or so participants gathered overnight at the Omni lakeside venue to observe this eclipse. TASOS Hon Secretary Mr.Albert Ho also gave a talk on lunar eclipses at 2.30am and received a Long round of applause from the audience. TASOS also deployed 10 Telescopes for the event including most of the instruments which Were kindly donated by LEE foundation. There was also a movie marathon featuring Avatar and Transformers which went on till morning. The event was largely clouded out and in fact it rained early morning but everyone still had a real good time.
Total Lunar Eclipse on Early Morning of 16 Jun 2010
- Overnight Total Lunar Eclipse Observation Jointly Organised by SCS & TASOS
The total lunar eclipse is visible in the early morning of Jun16 . The Moon enters the Earth’s umbra at 02:24h Singapore Standard (Local) Time. Mid-eclipse is at 04:12h. The Moon leaves the Earth’s umbra at 06:02h. The umbral magnitude (defined as the fraction on the Moon's diameter immersed in the Earth’s umbra at maximum lunar eclipse) is 1.70.
The eclipse sequence (on 16 Jun 11) are as shown:
1.24 am - Start of Penumbra Eclipse.
2.22 am - Start of Umbra Partial Phase.
3.22 am - Start of Total Eclipse.
4.12 am - Maximum Eclipse.
5.02 am - End of Total Eclipse.
6.02 am - End of Umbra Partial Eclipse.
7.00 am - End of Penumbra Eclipse.
Science Centre Singapore and TASOS will be jointly organised an Overnight Total Lunar Eclipse Observation. This event will start from 11.00 pm on 15 Jun (Wed) to 7.00 am on 16 Jun (Thu) 2011. There will be movies screening in addition to star gazing session throughout the night. Admission is free and all are welcome.
TASOS ASTRO Tour 2011 to Tanjong Sedili, Malaysia on 2nd to 5th June 2011
TASOS organized an 4 days 3 nights
Astro Tour to Tanjung Sutera Resort at Tanjung Sedili, Malaysia
from 2nd to 5th June 2011. A total of over 40 TASOS members and
their families and friends went on this tour. All 3 nights presented
Milky Way skies although conditionson the last night was not as good
as the first two. Many big and small telescopes and cameras were
setup by the members at the flat concrete flooring for observing and
imaging the night sky. TASOS Celestron GPS8” scope was also used to
show many deep sky objects and planet Saturn to participants.
The Tour also includes a shopping Trip to Kota Tinggi town as well as dinner out and a FireFly Tour via boat. Overall, TASOS Astro Tour was a great success.
TASOS Talk on The Life of A Star (Part 1) by TASOS committee member Prof SM Chong on 13 May 2011
TASOS committee member Prof SM Chong conducted an Astronomy talk titled - The Life of A Star (Part 1) at the Observatory classroom from 7.30pm to 9.00pm on Friday the 13th of May 2011. Participants got to know how stars evolved, live and die and there was a question and answer session after. TASOS VP also conducted a briefing on TASOS Astro Tour to Tanjung Sutera Resort for participants. The usual Friday Observatory sessions follows after the brief.
Earth Hour 2011 Public Star Party at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road on 26 March 2010
Yet again in support of Earth Hour 2011, TASOS conducted a public Star-Gazing session on 26 Mar 11 (Sat.) from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm at the 8th Floor Roof Garden of Wisma Atria, Orchard Road. This event is organized by TASOS and STARHIIL GLOBAL REIT as has been the past few years. TASOS Hon Secretary Kalaimani gave talks on Basic Astronomy. Other Committee and TASOS members helped to man the TASOS telescopes and Giant Binocular (donated by Lee Foundation) for public viewing. The external lights of Wisma Atria were turned off from 8.30pm - 9.30pm in support of Earth Hour. The event was well attended by both TASOS members and members of public. Eveyone enjoyed the informative talk and viewing the stars, Orion Nebula, M41, planet Saturn and other targets under the city night sky.
TASOS AGM 19th March 2011 at Observatory Classroom
TASOS held its 2011 AGM on 19th Mar 2011 at the Observatory
Classroom at Omni Theatre, Science Centre Singapore from
2.00pm to 5.00pm. The AGM started without a quorum but
as the meeting progressed, enough participants made the
quorum. The AGM progressed smoothly and Albert Lim was elected as new President.
The meeting closed at 5.00 pm. All present attended a reception of sandwiches and refreshments.
The Office bearers elected are as follows :
President : Albert Lim C H
Vice President : Ang Poon Seng
Hon. Secretary : Albert Ho A H
Asst Secretary : Kalaimani
Hon Treasurer : Teo Poh Kheam
Committee Members :
1) Prof Chong Siew Meng
2) Albert Tan B W
3) Erric Newmen
1) Dr. Cheong Kam Khow
2) Jeffrey Lim Cher Koon
SKYTRACK - A Diary of Astronomical Events 2011
SKYTRACK - A Diary of Astronomical Events 2012
This SKYTRACK - A diary of astronomical events is specially compiled by Dr. K K Cheong for use in Singapore (1 degree north latitude). The diary contains dates for notable celestial events including moon phases, meteor showers, eclipses, occultations, oppositions, conjunctions, transit and other interesting events.
TASOS Talk on Lake Tekapo NZ, World Heritage Astronomical Site by TASOS VP - Albert Lim on Friday 28 Jan 2011
TASOS VP Albert Lim gave a talk titled - Lake Tekapo NZ, World Heritage Astronomical Site at the Observatory classroom on Friday evening 28th Jan 2011. There was a reasonable turnout among TASOS members. The talk introduced the itinerary covered by a group of TASOS committee members and friends in South Island of New Zealand over 15 days from end Nov to about mid Dec 2010. Among highlights of the talk were photos shown of TASOS group visit to Mount John Observatory with resident astronomer Alan Gillmore including a brief history of Mount John and Tekapo as World Heritage astronomical site. Photos were also shown on a night visit to view through the the 60cm observatory on Mount John hosted by Alan Gillmore. The talk ended with slideshow of many astrophotos taken by TASOS members at Lake Tekapo and the Mount John site.
TASOS Joined NEA-MEDIACORP SEMAKAU RUN 2010 on 2nd October 2010
As one of the official interest groups, TASOS was invited to the annual "NEA-MEDIACORP SEMAKAU RUN 2010" on 2nd October 2010. President Ang Poon Seng and Hon Secretary Kalaimani represented TASOS in the event.
Semakau Run is a platform for businesses to demonstrate their corporate responsibibility towards the environment and the community. The event this year raised funds to support 4 environmental NGOs.
TASOS Mooncake Celebration on 17 September 2010
TASOS held a Mooncake celebration activity on Friday, 17th Sep 2010 at the Observatory classroom. TASOS Hon. Secretary Kalaimani gave a very interesting talk on the Moon from 7.45pm to 8.45pm. Members have a feast of Mooncakes and drinks after the talk. The observatory was also opened that night although the sky conditions were not good. Observatory staff and helpers from the Science Centre Singapore were invited and they joined in the celebrations at the later part of the night. All present had a good time.
TASOS Semakau Island Stargazing Trip on 4 September 2010
TASOS led 54 participants to Semakau for another trip of Stargazing on the weekend of 4th – 5th Sep 2010. TASOS Committee member Prof Srini gave a briefing with Albert Lim, VP TASOS about the night sky and safety aspects to participants on arrival. 2 units Celestron Nexstar 8SE and TASOS giant binoculars (donated by Lee Foundation) were deployed. TASOS committee Albert Ho also brought along his Takahashi FS78 refractor. A number of Celestron Nexstar and AstroMaster telescopes and binoculars were also brought along by participants. The participants saw crescent Venus and the Moons of Jupiter – an oil rig lit up like a Christmas trees fascinated the kids and participants alike through the C8 when conditions were cloudy. The group went back to the NEA building just in time to avoid heavy rain at about 4.00am. TASOS committee May and Soh Kim Mun along with Prof Srini’s wife Anuradha provided great assistance during this trip. Despite the rain, everyone had a good time at Semakau and returned to the mainland at 9.00am on the 5th Sep 2010 Sunday morning.
Astronomy Talk and Stargazing at Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School on 13 August 2010
TASOS Hon Secretary Kalaimani gave a talk at the auditorium of Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School to a large group of Primary school students titled Our Solar System on Friday 13th Aug evening. The talk lasted from 6.15pm till about 7.30pm.
TASOS set up a giant binoculars (a donation by LEE Foundation) and a Celestron Nexstar 8SE computerized telescope for 5 groups of young students to look at the Moon and Venus etc. TASOS Hon Treasurer Albert Tan also brought along his Celestron C8 for the viewing session. TASOS President Ang PS supervise the observing session which was great fun for all despite the sky being less than ideal. TASOS members Prof SM Chong, May, Tan Wei Leong, Simon and TASOS VP Albert Lim (not present in the photos because he was the photographer) was also present to help with this activity. Ang and Albert Lim later transported the equipment back to storage at Astro Scientific Centre PL (home base of TASOS) at the Omni Theatre after the event.
TASOS Supported the AGASTRO Conference Helds at Woodlands Community Club on 31st Jul 2010
TASOS and Science Centre Singapore along with Wodlands CC, NorthWest Development Council and AG Astro club supported the AGASTRO Conference helds at Woodlands CC on 31st Jul 2010.
Science Centre Singapore provided the Portable Planetarium run by Yong from SCS and Albert Ho from TASOS for participants. TASOS President Ang Poon Seng supported the event with the society’s array of instruments, a Celestron Nexstar 8SE, Celestron 8 GPS, the society’s 12 inch Dobsonian and a pair of 125mm Vixen giant binoculars. TASOS committee members Albert Lim, Kalaimani, Simon Tan, Thomas Ang, Jeffrey Lim, Wei Leong transported the telescopes there and help manning the scopes for participants from many schools and the walk in public in the spirit of promoting astronomy.
TASOS Talk - Comets. Asteroids and Meteors by TASOS Asst. Hon. Secretary Albert Ho on Friday 23 July 2010
TASOS Asst Hon Secretary gave a very interesting Talk on Comets. Asteroids and Meteors on Friday evening 23rd Jul 2010 at the Observatory classroom. In between the talk at about 8.10pm, the participants took a break and went out to the observatory grounds to watch the passage of the ISS (International Space Station cross from the Northwest to the Southern Skies passing by very close to Planet Venus along the way. The ISS was visible for over a minute despite some cloud obscuration. The talk resumed at the classroom and ended at about 9.30pm. The group then disperse outside to observe through TASOS telescopes as well as the observatory telescopes from SCS.
TASOS and Science Centre Singapore Co-Organised Partial Lunar Eclipse Observation on SCS Observatory Ground on Saturday Evening 26th June 2010
TASOS and Science Centre Singapore co-organised Partial Lunar Eclipse 2010 on the SCS observatory ground on Saturday evening 26th June 2010. There was very good turnout of over 3,000 participants at the event which started at 6.00pm with free flow of Candy Floss, Pop Corn and balloons for all who came. Timothy F Kauffman gave a talk on Space Trash from 6.30pm to 7.00pm followed by a second talk by TASOS Asst Secretary Albert Ho on the Partial Eclipse event.
TASOS deployed telescopes donated by LEE foundation – a 12” Dobsonian, a Vixen 200VCL and a 125mm giant binoculars along with TASOS’s Celestron 8GPS, Nexstar 8SE and TASOS committee personal telescopes. In all 15 instrumentss including some by SCS were deployed For the activity.
TASOS President Ang Poon Seng and Hon Secretary Kalaimani were interviewed by Channel 8 and Channel NewsAsia respectively. The sky cleared to a spectacular view of the eclipsed Moon rising above JTC building just after 8.00pm. Everyone was able to see the eclipsed Moon through naked eye and even clearer through the telescopes. The night was a complete success.
Partial Lunar Eclipse on 26th (Sat) June 2010
Singapore Time (approx.) : 6:16 pm to 8.59pm
A partial lunar eclipse will be visible Singapore on June 26, 2010. The penumbral eclipse begins at [P1] 4:57:21pm and the partial eclipse begins at [U1] 6:16:57 pm. The greatest eclipse occurs at 7:38:27 pm, when the northern half of the lunar disk will be immersed in the umbra. The moon will be in the constellation Sagittarius, near the top of the familiar Teapot star pattern. The partial eclipse ends at [U4] 8:59:50pm and the penumbral eclipse ends at [P4] 10:19:34pm.
There will be a grand public event where TASOS & Science Centre Singapore will offer a plethora of fun-filled activities at The Observatory Grounds, Science Centre Singapore.
Astronomy Talk and Stargazing at Maris Stella on 23th Jun 2010
Vice Principal Alfred Tan of Maris Stellar High School initiated a talk and star gazing event at Maris Astronomical Research Station (MARS) on evening 23rd June 2010 for Club Rainbow. TASOS President Ang Poon Seng supported the event and TASOS Hon Secretary Mr. Kalaimani gave the group a talk at the AVA Room. Along with MARS Celestron 14 / EM400 observatory,a Celestron Nexstar 5SE, a Nexstar 8SE and the Vixen 125mm binoculars donated by LEE foundation was deployed by TASOS. TASOS VP Albert Lim and TASOS Auditor Jeffrey Lim help man the instruments. The weather was cloudy but despite that the group did catch a glimpse of Moon. Overall the group enjoyed this wonderful night.
TASOS Semakau Island Stargazing Trip on 19 June 2010
21 participants consisting of TASOS members and family went on another Semauka trip on June 19th weekend. Everyone was at the site by 6.30pm and setup telescopes for the night’s observation. TASOS Hon. Secretary Kalaimani gave a sky talk for that night and a safety brief prior at the main building. Everyone had spectacular views of the quarter Moon and planet Saturn with rings close to edge on through the Celestron C8GPS and 125mm giant binoculars. Past TASOS VP Prof SM Chong joined this trip – he has recently returned from his job at a University in Saudi Arabia and is now with NUS. The Milky Way was visible and participants saw a great number of deep sky objects and were guided touring the constellations by TASOS committee members present.
Astronomy Talk on What's New with The Hubble Space Telescope by Dr Adler, Manager, Long Range Planning Group of HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE at NTU on 15 June 2010
TASOS co-organised a talk titled -What's New with The Hubble Space Telescope with NTU on 15 June 2010 from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at LT25 NTU South Spine. The speaker was Dr. David Adler – Manager, Long Range Planning Group of the Hubble Space Telescope. TASOS members and committee attended with NTU students and lecturers. The talk was entertaining and followed by a Q&A session. Prof Ng BK presented a token of appreciation while TASOS President Ang Poon Seng presented the speaker with a nice TASOS T-Shirt which was well received. The talk ended with group photos being taken and contacts exchanged.
TASOS Talk - It is Not Rocket Science by TASOS Committee Members Prof. Srini on Friday 28 May 2010
Prof. Srini from TASOS conducted a talk titled It is Not Rocket Science to a packed classroom on the Friday evening 28 May 2010. A bunch from the Boys Brigade headed by Patrick Yu joined the Session and the boys had a ball of a time when Prof Srini called upon them to demonstrate many Activities involving jet propulsion. TASOS members and committee were also in attendance and the talk ended about 9.00pm after a lively Q&A session.
The normal Friday night observation session went on as usual after the talk.
TASOS Semakau Island Stargazing Trip on 22 May 2010
TASOS organized another Semauka trip on the Weekend of May 22 to 23rd 2010 – (Sat – Sun). About 20 participants went along and arrived on the Island about 6.00pm. A safety Brief and talk on the Sky that night was conducted by TASOS President Ang Poon Seng before the Participants were whisked by bus to the site. Although there were periods of intermitten Clouds, overall the night sky was good and a number of luck new participants got to see A host of deep sky objects through the scopes that TASOS brought along – as a treat the Milky Way was faintly visible.
Occultation of Venus by the Moon on 16 May 2010
Singapore Time (approx.) : 7:34 pm to 8:36pm
On 16 May 2010 evening, Singapore is well placed for watching the rare event of Occultation of Venus by the Moon. Depending upon your location, the thin crescent Moon will start covering Venus at about 7.35pm. Venus will reappear about 8.35pm. Since Venus and Moon are the two brighter objects in the sky, this event can be viewed with unaided eye. It is also relative easy to record the entire event using the the video camcorder with high power optical zoom Lens.
Star-Gazing at Singapore Botanic Gardens - Bukit Timah Core on 30 April 2010
TASOS conducted an observation session at the Singapore Botanical Gardens (Bukit Timah Core) from 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm on 30 Apr 10. Many members and their family turned up. TASOS deployed the Vixen BT125 Giant Binoculars and the Vixen VMC200 telescope which were purchased with donations from the Lee Foundation. Due to the darker sky at the observation site, members could see the fainter constellations and stars including a spectacular high magnification view of the planet, Saturn, through a Takahashi Mewlon 250 set up by TASOS committee member, Mr. Tan Wei Leong.
Earth Hour 2010 Public Star Party at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road on 27 March 2010
In support of Earth Hour 2010, TASOS conducted a public Star-Gazing session on 27 Mar 10 (Sat.) from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm at the 8th Floor Roof Garden of Wisma Atria,
Orchard Road. This event is organized through a tie up between TASOS and STARHIIL GLOBAL REIT.
TASOS Hon Secretary Kalaimani gave talks on Basic Astronomy. Other Committee and TASOS members helped to man the TASOS telescopes and Giant Binocular (donated by Lee Foundation) for public viewing. The external lights of Wisma Atria were turned off from 8.30pm - 9.30pm in support of Earth Hour. The event was very meaningfull and both TASOS members and members of public enjoyed the informative talks and viewing the stars under the city night sky.
TASOS Semakau Island Stargazing Trip on 20 March 2010
LTA staff and their families joined TASOS for a night of Star-Gazing at Semakau Landfill from 20 Mar 10 (Sat.) to 21 Mar 10 (Sun.)
Mars Opposition on 29 January 2010
Mars will come into Opposition on 29 January 2010 in the constellation Cancer. Get a good look at Mars in January and February 2010, when it's closest to Earth and appears as large as possible. An Opposition occurs when the planet is opposite from the Sun, relative to the Earth. At Opposition the planet will rise as the Sun sets and will set as the Sun rises providing an entire night of observation.
TASOS Talk on Satellites - A Singapore Perspective on Friday 22th Jan 20109
Few nations can count themselves as satellite builders even up to today. Singapore is about to become one of the nations that can indigenously design and build a fully functional satellite to be sent into orbit after March 2010.
TASOS executive committee member Mr Chen Ye, our resident satellite specialist, gave a talk on the various technical challenges of building satellites and why it is so difficult. The talk was informative, educational and enjoyed by the audience at the SCS Observatory classroom who asked many questions at the end of the session.
Solar Eclipse on 15 Jan 2010
The first solar eclipse (annular)of the decade occurred on January 15th 2010. It was visible across Africa, the Indian Ocean, India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. But in Singapore, we only saw a partial solar eclipse that occurred between 3.30pm to 5.30pm. TASOS and Singapore Science Centre organized a host of astronomy activities and observed the solar eclipse around SSC Observatory. This day was also marked the closing of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009, which celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s discovery of Jupiter’s four biggest moons.
TASOS Eclipse Talk on 8th Jan 2010 by Albert Lim – TASOS President
TASOS President Albert Lim gave a talk on Solar and Lunar Eclipses on Friday 8th Jan 2010, a week prior to the Partial Solar Eclipse event on the 15th Jan 2010. The talk covered the differences between Lunar and Solar eclipses and explained why some eclipses are total while others are partial or annular. Eclipse seasons and frequencies of eclipses were also explained. Photos of eclipses and sites for past TASOS Eclipse expeditions were also shown along with several eclipse videos captured by TASOS VP PS Ang.
Leonids IYA 2009 – Festival of the Stars on 17 Nov 2009
The Science Centre and The Astronomical Society of Singapore (TASOS) in celebration of IYA 2009 organised a leonids watch Observation event called Festival of the Stars on 17 Nov 2009. This event is co-organised by Taman Jurong CCC, with the support of North West CDC and South West CDC. Guest-of-Honour is Finance Minister, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. The weather condition was not favourable and it rained early in the evening.Despite that, over 10,000 people came to the event which featured Kenji Williams, international audio visual art performer along with science shows, meteorite exhibition, talks by TASOS, on-site telescope viewing of Jupiter and inflatable planetarium tours. TASOS also deployed telescopes donated by Lee Foundation at this event.
Dr. Cheong’s Talk on "How to Recognise Meteorite"
TASOS committee member Dr. KK Cheong gave a very interesting talk about how to recognize these rocks from space to a large audience at the SCS Observatory classroom on Friday 13th Nov 2009. The talk was informative, educational and enjoyed by the audience who asked many questions at the end of the session. Dr. Cheong also brought along his collection of meteorites so that participants can touch and feel them.
Mid Autumn Observatory Nite on 2nd Oct 2009
TASOS in collaboration with Science Centre Singapore jointly organized the above event with great support from North West CDC on 2nd October 2009. Participants arrive at Chinese Garden MRT and received free lanterns for their walk to the Science Centre’s Omni Theatre. An estimated 4,000 people participated in this event and many also visited the Science Centre itself which was open that night. A total of 3,000 lanterns, Mooncakes and 10,000 bottles of water were distributed to all participants. TASOS, Science Centre, Admiral Garden CC Astronomy Club and NUSHS set up 15 telescopes For participants to view the Moon as part of celebration For IYA 2009. TASOS Hon Secretary Kalaimani and Committee member Albert Ho also gave talks and conducted a quiz on stage. The Guest of Honour for that night was Dr. Lim Wee Kiak, MP for Sembawang GRC and advisor to Canberra GROs.
TASOS celebrates Moon Cake Festival 2009 with members
TASOS celebrated Moon Cake Festival 2009 on 25th Sept 2009 at the Observatory classroom. TASOS committee Member Dr. KK Cheong gave a very interesting talk on "What if we have NO MOON" from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. The talk was lively and enjoyed by TASOS members and all present was treated to a small reception of mooncakes and drinks. There was also observation on the Moon through telescopes on the observatory grounds.
TASOS Observation at Semakau Island on 12th Sep 2009
TASOS again went to Semakau Island for dark sky observation on the 12th Sep 2009 weekend. 24 TASOS members attended this trip and it was another memorable observing trip for all. Some new TASOS members joined this session and a few of them also took astrophotos from the dark location. TASOS committee member Albert Tan prepared a most delicious feast of Teo Chew porridge for all present – Members are reminded that such benefits are not the norm for Semakau sessions.
TASOS observes at Maris Stella on 11th Sep 2009
TASOS Hon Secretary Kalimani gave a talk at Maris Stella on the 11th Sep 2009. TASOS also set up a number of telescopes on the same rooftop that houses MARS – Maris Astronimical Research Station. MARS comprise a Pod Dome Observatory housing a Celestron C14 (FASTAR) on a superb Takahashi EM400 computerised mount. A few hundred students and their families joined the talk and observation and the event was both fun and educational. Marist Stella principal Brother Anthony and Vice Principal Alfred Tan were also at the observing session.
Moon Photo Competition 2009 Update
TASOS and Science Centre Singapore jointly organized The Moon Photo competition which was launched on 26th Feb 2009. At the end of August 2009, all entries received were judged and the prize winners notified. Nearly S$7,000.00 in prize vouchers were handed out to the winners. Winning entries for all categories in Crescent, Quarter, Gibbous and Full Moon currently are displayed at the Omni Theatre, Science Centre Singapore. This winning exhibits will be display until end of 2009 and everyone is welcome to visit and view the exhibits.
To view photos of the judging process and the Moon Photo exhibits, click here.
For results of the competition please click here
IYA 2009 Moon Photo Talk by TASOS President
TASOS President Albert Lim gave a talk on the basics of how to take good photos of the Moon at the Observatory Classroom on Friday evening 26th Jun 2009. A number of Moon photo amateurs taking part in The Moon Photo competition attended. TASOS VP Ang PS Help to demonstrate the techniques and adapters used for attaching cameras to telescopes. After the talk, TASOS set up a GPS C8 and a Number of participants took photos of the Crescent Moon. Members also visited the Observatory and a field observation session.
Prof David Malin meets TASOS committee members
On 23rd May 2009, Prof David Malin (Anglo Australian Observatory) met TASOS committee members at TASOS President’s house. Prof Malin autographed many of his books brought by committee members and gave a very interesting talk “From Darkroom to Digital” and discussed many aspects of advanced Imaging techniques. He also toured the library and visited the President’s home observatory which is equipped with an RCOS 16”, Takahashi FSQ106 on the Paramount ME computer controlled observatory.
Observation Semauka Island on 20th Jun 2009 weekend
A small group of TASOS committee and members made another observation trip to Semakau Landfill on the weekend of 20th May 2009 headed by TASOS VP Ang Poon Seng. They had an enjoyable night.
TASOS points out the International Space Station on 5th Jun 2009 to the usual Friday Observatory Crowd
On 5th June 2009 Friday, the observatory crowd gathering on the grounds of the Science Centre Observatory had a treat – they saw the International Space Station streaked across the sky at about 8.19pm local time. Later at 9.00 pm, the crowd also witnessed the passage of the Hubble Space Telescope across the sky. Photos with a streak of light in the sky here is the International Space Station. Participants also got to look through the SCS Observatory telescope as well as TASOS new Nexstar 8 SE telescope.
Observation Semauka Island on 30th May 2009 weekend
A small group of TASOS committee and members made another observation trip to Semakau Landfill on the weekend of 30th May 2009. Mailers were sent to members to join the observation and a small group of 17 participated. TASOS VP Ang Poon Seng made a short presentation on The Sky that night and the participants watched an interesting video presentation about Semakau Landfill. TASOS deployed a new C8 Nexstar SE and members brought their own scopes and binoculars for the overnight observation.
TASOS assist "Shell Astro Challenge" at SCS with 12 telescopes and talk at Inflatable Planetarium as part of IYA 2009 on 29th May 2009
TASOS committee member Albert Ho presented talks in an inflatable planetarium while TASOS organised and manned a dozen telescopes on the observatory grounds in support of "Shell Astro Challenge" and IYA 2009
TASOS President Albert Lim along with TASOS committee members Prof Srini, Jeffrey Lim, Albert Tan, Ang PS, May, Chen Ye, Tan Wei Leong, Soh Kim Mun, PT Khwa, Kalaimani, Eliza and Ryan, Teo Poh Kheam and AGCC Astro members (jointly TASOS members) Mani, Alex, Richard manned the telescopes for the crowd
TASOS committee member Dr. KK Cheong also gave a basic astronomy talk at the observatory classroom
The activity lasted till past 11pm and an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people attended.
Talk on Celestial Fireworks - Supernova by TASOS committee member Prof Srinivasan (NUS)
TASOS committee member Prof Srinivasan from NUS gave a very interesting talk titled "Celestial Fireworks –Supernova" at the Science Centre Observatory Classroom on Friday nite 22nd May 2009 as part of IYA 2009 activity. The talk was informative, humorous and enjoyed by a packed classroom of participants.
After the talk at 9.00pm, members join in the usual Friday night Observing session.
Side Walk Astronomy at VIVO City on 1st & 2nd May 2009
TASOS and Science Centre Singapore organised SideWalk Astronomy on the rooftop of Vivo City on boths nights of the 1st and 2nd of May 2009. The event was supported by many partners including History Channel, Starhub, Vivo City and Woodlands GROs. On the 1st of May 2009, Ms Ellen Lee, MP for Sembawang GRC and adviser to Woodlands GROs was the Guest of Honour. Ms Ellen Lee and her contingent was received by Chief Executive of Science Centre Dr. Chew as well as TASOS and Woodlands GRO representatives. Over 11,000 people came through the carnival for talks, shows by History, participated in quizes and to view the Moon and Saturn through 20 telescopes set up on the rooftop of Vivo City.
TASOS Hon Secretary gave a talk on both nights and TASOS VP Ang PS set up a live video view of the Moon and Saturn through a Celestron 5 on large panel LCDs at the venue.
To view carnival photos of 1st May 2009, please click here.
To view carnival photos of 2nd May 2009, please click here.
Earth Hour celebration at Wisma Atria on 28th March 2009
TASOS tied up with StarHill Global Reit and conducted a public observation session on the rooftop of Wisma Atria Shopping Centre Building in celebration of Earth Hour (and as part of IYA 2009 event) on the 28th of March 2009. TASOS deployed 8 telescopes and showed the heavens to about a thousand participants who turned up on the rooftop between 7.30pm to 10.30pm. TASOS committee and members guided the public and answered many questions.
TASOS Secretary Kalaimani gave 2 talks at the same venue.
Observation Semakau Island on 4-5 Apr 2009
A total of 47 participants went to Semakau Island for overnight observation for the weekend of the 4th to the 5th of Apr 2009.
TASOS have been actively involved in many Semakau Observation trips over the past years. The group comprise members from TASOS and a student group led by Mr Tan Hoe Teck from CJC. CJC brought their new 120mm Celestron Refractor and TASOS deployed the Celestron GPS 8 for all to observe.
TASOS Celebrates IYA 2009 with The Singapore Mathematical Society
The Singapore Mathematical Society (SMS) organizes an essay competition every year for current students of Singapore (from Secondary One to Junior College or their equivalent). A pre-determined theme for the competition will be set and participants are invited to submit an essay written on the theme, usually concerning the use and applications of Mathematics in other areas of Science and Technology. This year, to coincide with the International Year of Astronomy, the theme for the essay competition has been set as "Applications of Mathematics in Astronomy". We invite all students, including those from International Schools to participate in this event. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries from each age category and winning essays may also be published in the forthcoming issues of Mathematical Medley, the official publication of the Singapore Mathematical Society.
TASOS AGM 14th March 2009 at Observatory Classroom
TASOS held AGM 2009 on 14th March 2009 at the SCS Observatory classroom. There was a quorum and the AGM progressed very smoothly. Office bearers elected
are as follows :
President : Albert Lim
Vice President : Ang Poon Seng
Hon. Secretary : Kalaimani
Asst Secretary : Ong Geok May
Hon Treasurer : Teo Poh Kheam
Committee Members :
1) Dr. K K Cheong
2) Albert Ho
3) Prof Srinivasan
4) Chen Ye
1) Simon Tan
2) Eliza Tay
IYA 2009 TASOS Talk by Dr K K Cheong - Why are people interested in the direction of the Sun? - The use of astronomy in modern living on the 13th March 2009
TASOS member Dr. K K Cheong (kindly note Dr. Cheong was elected into TASOS committee 2009 during this AGM) gave a wonderful talk titled "Why are people interested in the direction of the Sun ? - The use of astronomy in modern Living" on 13th March 2009 at Science Centre Singapore’s Observatory Classroom. The talk was presented to a packed classroom and it was very good talk enjoyed by all participants. The talk was followed by Tasos_event and observation on the observatory grounds through small telescopes.
IYA 2009 TASOS Talk by Albert Ho on "The Moon and Its Associated Phenomena" on 6th March 2009
TASOS committee member Albert Ho gave a wonderful talk titled "The Moon and its Associated Phenomena" on 6th March 2009 at Science Centre Singapore’s Observatory Classroom. The classroom was packed and attendance was very good indeed. A large crowd also gathered on the observatory grounds for observations through a few TASOS telescopes. They also visited both the observatories which were opened.
TIPS on Moon photography
Here is an article by TASOS committee member Albert Tan which will help you take better photos of the Moon. Click here.
TASOS announce Moon Photo Competition
TASOS in collaboration with Science Centre Singapore launched the Moon Photo Competiton on 26th Feb 2009 in conjunction with Official Launch of IYA 2009. There are many attractive prizes worth S$6,800.00 to be won.
Click here. to download the Entry Form containing the rules and regulations to The Moon Photo Competition.
Printed Entry Forms can also be collected from Astro Scientific Centre located at the ground floor of the Omni Theatre Building, Science Centre
Official Launch of IYA 2009 by TASOS and Singapore Science Center
TASOS and Science Centre Singapore officially launch International Year of Astronomy 2009 on the afternoon of 26th Feb 2009. The event was preceded by a media conference with Yu-Ann, Prof Lim from SCS and Albert Lim, President of TASOS. The public launch started with IYA video presentation. Prof Lim TM made the IYA 2009 launch speech at the Annex auditorium where over 700 people attended. Albert Lim continued with the launch of "A Star Book for the Tropics" by Dr. heong and Kamaria. TASOS committee member Albert Ho then announced the launch of The Moon Photo competition which is jointly organised by TASOS and SCS in celebration of IYA 2009. Prof S Jocelyn Bell Burnell from University of Oxford then gave a talk "What’s going on in the Universe".
Talk on Supernova on 17th Oct 2008
TASOS committee member Assoc Prof Srinivasan conducted a lively and interesting talk on Supernova - Celestial Fireworks at the Observatory Classroom on Fiday 17th Oct 2008. Turnout was good including a new TASOS member Prof Anastasios from Essec Business School. The talk started at 7.45pm and ended at 9.00pm. Prof Srini also gave a good demoon Supernova shock rebound using 2 different balls.
TASOS participation in the 2nd Semakau CEO Run on 19th October 2008
TASOS was invited by NEA to participate in their 2nd Semakau CEO Run on 19th October 2008, Sunday. Close to 150 corporate guests attended the event along with Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Water Resources. TASOS set up two panels and a Takahashi Refractor equipped with a T2 solar filter to allow participants to observe the Sun. Some guests were also treated to a view of the Moon in the morning sky. Prof Srinivasan and Mr. Kalaimani represented TASOS in the morning fun run category. NEA also awarded TASOS a plague of appreciation for participation in the event.
TASOS mooncake Festival Celebration on 12th Sept 2008.
TASOS members celebrated Mooncake Festival at the Observatory Classroom on 12th Sept 2008. TASOS Hon Secretary also gave a talk on the Moon after a feast. The Observatory is also opened as it was a Friday evening. Mailers were sent to all TASOS members to attend this free feast.
Lunar Eclipse on 17th August 2008
TASOS President Albert Lim and committee member Soh Kim Mun stayed up on the 17th Aug 2008 to observe and take photos of the Partial Lunar Eclipse from Albert Lim’s House. The event started about 3.15am and lasted till dawn.
Talk on Eclipse on 15th August 2008
TASOS President Albert Lim gave a talk on Eclipses on 15th Aug 2008 at the Observatory Classroom for TASOS members. It was a lively session covering topics on Lunar and Solar Eclipses and types of Eclipses. Also covered is a rundown on past eclipse expeditions by TASOS members including the recent successful 1st Aug 2008 Total Solar Eclipse in China.
Expedition for Solar Eclipse in Jiuquan, China 1st August 2008
Expedition to China was a great success. Members of expedition not only observed the eclipse but took many beautiful photos and video of this fantastic event on 1st Aug 2008. The observation site is at a remote desert in Jinta, Gansu province. The sky was clear throughout the eclipse and temperatures were high – nonetheless, it was an unforgettable experience all alike – those who are participating in their first time and others who have been to many eclipses.
Talk on Messier Objects on 18th July 2008
TASOS Committee member Albert Ho gave an interesting talk on Messier Objects on Friday evening 18th Jul 2008 to TASOS members at the Observatory Classroom. Members have been notified about this talk through mailers and quite a number of new members attended. The usual Friday night observatory session was marred unfortunately by drizzle but overall it was a good night for astronomy gathering.
TASOS supports Woodlands Racial Harmony Day on 6th April 2008
TASOS supported Admiral Garden CC Astronomy club as part of Woodlands Racial Harmony Day on Sunday 6th Apr 2008. The guest of honour was our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Special Guest present were Minister Khaw Boon Wan, Mayor Teo Ho Pin, Dr. Mohamad Maliki Osman and Dr. Lim Wee Kiak. The event was hosted by Member of Parliament Ms Ellen Lee. TASOS President Albert Lim, Vice President Ang Poon Seng, Hon. Secretary Kalaimani and committee members Albert Ho and Soh Kim Mun were present to meet PM Lee Hsien Loong and the special guests when he toured our Astronomy Station. PM Lee Hsien Loong also very kindly autographed an All Sky Astrophoto taken by TASOS President Albert Lim.
Talk and observation for Singapore session for American School on 18th April 2008
TASOS conducted a talk and astronomical viewing session for the teachers, students and their parents of the Singapore American School on the 18th of April 2008 at their school. TASOS committee member Prof Srini whose daughter is a 9th Grade student at SAS (and a student member of TASOS), manned TASOS 4 inch Celestron refractor while Alfred Cheang and Albert Ho manned the Celestron 8 GPS computerised telescope. May assisted TASOS VP Ang Poon Seng with a C5 and Takahashi EM10 mount. There was tremendous interest and enthusiasm from the participants especially when they observed planet Saturn and the Moon. Mr. Kalaimani also gave an astronomy talk to the SAS group.
Talk on Comets, Asteriods and Meteors by Mr Albert Ho on 14th Mar 2008
TASOS committee Albert Ho gave a talk to members at the SSC Observatory classroom on 14th Mar 2008 Friday evening. Talk Title was "Comets, Asteriods and Meteors". This was followed by the usual Friday night observation at the Observatory and the surrounding grounds.
2nd talk on Black Holes by Dr. Pawel Lachowicz on 1st Feb 2008
TASOS presents the 2nd Black Hole talk by Dr. Pawel Lachowicz titled "X-ray variability of accreting black-holes" on Friday 1st Feb 2008 at the classroom below the SSC observatory.
Talk on Black Holes by Dr. Pawel Lachowicz on 25th Jan 2008
TASOS presents 2 talks on Black Holes by Dr. Pawel Lachowicz. Dr. Pawel received his Ph.D in Astronomy from the prestigious Nicholas Copernicus Astronomy Centre in Poland and is currently a research scientist at NUS Centre for Wavelet, Approximation and Information Processing. His first talk is titled "Cygnus X-1: a canonical black-hole system" was conducted on 25th Jan 2008 at the Observatory Classroom of SSC. The talk is well attended by TASOS members. The second talk titled "X-ray variability of accreting black-holes" will be conducted next Friday 1st Feb 2008 at the same location.
TASOS conclude Astronomy Course 2007 on 7th Sep 2007
TASOS conclude Astronomy Course 2007with the final lecture by TASOS President Albert Lim titled : "The Size of the Universe". A multiple choice question session followed and participants were awarded course certificates for their participation.
The Astronomy course 2007 details are as
22nd Jun 07 - Introduction to Astronomy by Kalaimani
29th Jun 07 - Equipment for Astronomy by Albert Ho
06th Jul 07 - Astrophotography by Ang PS
27th Jul 07 - Understanding Eclipses by Prof SM Chong
3rd Aug 07 - Constellation by Kalaimani
10th Aug 07 - The Solar System by Kalaimani
17th Aug 07 - The Life of a Star by Prof SM Chong
7th Sept 07 - The Size of the universe by Albert Lim
TASOS screened a HD movie on Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn by NASA / ESA / AIS on Friday evening 25th May 2007 at 8.00pm at the Observatory Classroom.
The movie was attended by quite a number of TASOS members and an observation session was conducted on the observatory grounds after the movie from 9.00 to 10.30pm. There were 2 Nexstar computerised telescopes deployed by TASOS members and the SSC observatory was also opened as it was a Friday night.
Life in the Universe Talk at Nanyang Technological University.
Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, Asst Prof of Astronomy at the Iowa State University USA gave an interesting talk titled "Life in the Universe" at NTU’s LT2A on Thursday evening 22nd May 2007. Mailers were sent to all TASOS members to attend this talk. Dr. Gonzalez is also co-author of "The Privileged Planet" and the new astronomy textbook "Observational Astronomy, 2nd Ed" published by Cambridge University Press. Photo courtesy of Associate Prof SF Yu shows Eliza Tay, Albert Lim (TASOS) with Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. SC Tjin from NTU EEE after the talk
TASOS Talk on Eclipses on 9th Mar 2007
TASOS President Albert Lim conducted a talk titled "Eclipses – Solar and Lunar" at Lecture Theatre 73A Ngee Ann Polytechnic on Friday evening 9th Mar 2007. The talk was also opened to TASOS and a number of TASOS members attended.
Total Lunar Eclipse on 4th March 2007
The video for the event by Mr Ang Poon Seng has been posted, you can see them here.
Talk on The First Indian Mission to the Moon (CHANDRAYAAN-1) on 8th Feb 2007
Sri. K.Thyagarajan, Outstanding Scientist and Program Director-IRS & SSSISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore gave a talk on the CHANDRAYAAN-1, first Indian mission to the Moon on 8th Feb 2007.
Talk on Cassini Mission by Dr Allan Lee from JPL
TASOS President Albert Lim presented Dr. Allan Y Lee who is Project Element Manager of the Cassini Spacecraft Altitude Control System at JPL, Caltech our "Photographic Atlas of the Moon" book published by 3 TASOS authors (Ang, Lim and Chong) at Cambridge University Press.Dr. Allan conducted a talk on the Cassini mission at NTU and he was also presented a TASOS T-shirt by TASOS committee member Chen Ye
Atlas of the Moon
Our very own TASOS president Albert Lim, together with TASOS members S.M. Chong and P.S. Ang, produced a beautifully photographed and practical Atlas of the Moon. It was published by Cambridge University Press in August 2002.
For more information, follow this link to the Google Book website:
Astronomy Quiz At Nayang Technological University
The President to TASOS, Mr. Albert Lim was invited to chair a quiz at the Nayang Technological University
Patrick Moore, giving a speech at the Singapore Science Centre
Astronomy Talk at NUS by Dr. S.M.Chong
Dr. S.M. Chong, Vice-President of TASOS, invited to give a speech at the National University of Singapore.
TASOS Talk on Astrophotography by Albert Lim
TASOS President, Mr. Albert Lim, giving a talk on basic astrophotography at the Jurong East National Library.
Sunspot Party at Singapore Science Center
Who said we never have activities during the daytime?
TASOS members enjoyed observing the Sun at Singapore Science Centre