Gov't Needs Mobile Planetariums for Training of Student Astronomers

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Gov't Needs Mobile Planetariums for Training of Student Astronomers


With graduates of Astronomy courses in demand all over the world, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) disclosed it needs more funds to acquire more mobile planetariums to help educate the youth on astronomy and increase their interest in taking up an astronomy course.

PAGASA director Dr. Prisco Nilo said using a mobile planetarium is a better option than setting up planetarium centers in each region of the country due to budgetary constraints.

A mobile planetarium costs P1.4 million. Nevertheless, this is considered cheaper than a fixed planetarium.

Former PAGASA Astronomical, Geophysical and Space Science Branch (AGSSB) chief Dr. Bernardo Soriano said the country's lone mobile planetarium has been around since 1998 and already needs a backup.

Nilo said having a planetarium in each region of the country is important since it provides access to more learning and interest on astronomy among students.

Nilo said the PAGASA Planetarium inside the PAGASA Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City has been partially rehabilitated with the repair of its physical structures. …

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