UP Astronomical Society

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UP Astronomical Society

UP Astronomical Society
UP AstroSoc Logo.png
Founded July 30, 1991
Category University-wide, Special Interest
Motto Ad Astra per Aspera
Location PAGASA Astronomical Observatory, A. Ma. Regidor Street, University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City, Philippines 1101
E-mail upastrosociety@gmail.com mktg.upastrosoc@gmail.com

The University of the Philippines Astronomical Society, also known as UP AstroSoc, is a scientific, educational, non-profit, non-political, non-partisan organization in the University of the Philippines Diliman dedicated primarily to the study and promotion of Astronomy and oriented towards the concerns and aspirations of individuals interested in the field.

About the Organization

According to its constitution, UP Astrosoc has the following objectives: (1) to bring together individuals interested in astronomy, (2) to broaden the awareness interest, knowledge and understanding among students and the general public, (3) to contribute to the general body of knowledge of astronomy, (4) and to promote the common interest and individual development of its members. It was founded on July 30, 1991 by a handful of students with the ideals of igniting the interest of Astronomy among the UP student body and the general public. Today, after years of gazing up to the heavens, UP AstroSoc continues its foremost vision of bringing the wonders of the celestial world within people’s reach. It resides inside the PAGASA Astronomical Observatory complex in UP Diliman.

UP AstroSoc is comprised of members with diverse backgrounds from different colleges and institutions in the university. Aside from the usual social activities of a collegiate organization, UP AstroSoc partakes in several Astronomy-inclined activities throughout the academic year. Among these are Astronomy classes, observation assemblies, and public Astronomy lectures and forums. The organization also conducts Astronomy learning sessions and camps to requesting parties outside the UP community, furthering its cause of spreading Astronomy to the general public.

Organizational Structure

Based on the 2020 Constitution (Article VI, Section 2), the highest governing body of UP AstroSoc is the Executive Cluster (elected by the General Assembly) and is composed of the Overall Coordinator, the Executive Secretary, and the Cluster Coordinator of each cluster of the organization.

The Executive Cluster

The six Clusters of UP AstroSoc

Here are the elected members of the Executive Cluster for the Academic Year 2021-2022.

Over-all Coordinator: Lerissah Lim
Executive Secretary: Alyssa Mae Escolano
Education & Research Cluster Coordinator: James Marwin "JM" Oidem
External Affairs Cluster Coordinator: Jernnex Mullaneda
Finance Cluster Coordinator: Julliana Maxine Ching
Observation & Instrumentation Cluster Coordinator: Mikash Lumbera
Resource Cluster Coordinator: Shaheena Jabail

Committees

UP AstroSoc is divided into different standing committees known as Clusters. These Clusters are comprised of members and work interdependently with one another and of the Executive cluster. The five Clusters of the organization are:

  • The Education and Research, or EdRes Cluster,
  • The External Affairs Cluster,
  • The Finance Cluster,
  • The Observation and Instrumentation or ObsIn Cluster, and
  • The Resource Cluster

Activities and Events

Sidewalk Astronomy
Lakbay Langit
Lakbay Liwanag
Astronomy Convention
Astronomical Event Observations
Astronomy Outreach
National Astronomy Week Celebration
Starburst Astronomy Workshop
Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE)
Astronomy Lectures and Labs

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