PH experiences longest day of the year due to summer solstice

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 21, 2019   •   1661

The country experienced a total of 13 hours of daylight hours due to the summer solstice.

According to the Space, Science, and Astronomy Section of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Chief Dario Dela Cruz, the summer solstice is when the sun reaches the northernmost point in Earth’s sky.

“Ang summer solstice ibig sabihin kasi nito ang araw kasi ay nagmo-move ng 23.5 degrees papuntang North and then 23 degrees papuntang South, (The summer solstice is when the sun is moving 23.5 towards North and then 23 degrees towards South)” he said.

The sun had set around 6:27 p.m. Areas like Basco, Batanes and Baguio had around 13 daylight hours. Areas in Metro Manila also experienced more than 12 daylight hours.

The summer solstice also marks the end of a season. It marks the change from spring to summer season in the Northern Hemisphere and the change from summer to fall season in the Southern Hemisphere.

Meanwhile, winter solstice will be experienced around December when the country will experience the longest night.

According to PAGASA’s Space, Science, and Astronomy Section, there is no need to be alarmed because a solstice is a natural occurrence.AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Filipino scientists recognized as among the top in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 5, 2019

Eight Filipino scientists were recognized by Asian Scientist Magazine’s as among the top scientists in Asia for the year 2019.

  • Dr. Rosalinda C. Torres of Technology Development Institute (Chemistry)
  • Dr. Marissa A. Paglicawan of Technology Development Institute (Material Science)
  • Artemio Salazar of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños (Agriculture)
  • Rody Sy of UP Manila (Biomedical Science)
  • Gay Jane Perez of UP Diliman (Environmental Sciences and Geology)
  • Charissa Marcaida Ferrera of UP Diliman (Life Sciences)
  • Elmer Dadios of De La Salle University’s (Engineering)
  • Ricardo Balog of University of Santo Tomas’ (Engineering)

The magazine recognizes individuals who have made a significant scientific discovery or provided leadership in academia or industry.

“Now into its fourth edition, the Asian Scientist 100: 2019 edition celebrates the success of the region’s best and brightest, highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines,” according to the magazine.—AAC

PH to experience ‘summer solstice’ on June 21 — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the country will experience its longest day of the year on June 21.

The phenomenon, known as ‘summer solstice’, is the time when “the sun attains its greatest declination of +23.5 degrees and passes directly overhead at noon for all observers at latitude 23.5 degrees North, which is known as the Tropic of Cancer,” PAGASA said.

This means daytime on June 21 will last for 12 hours and 59 minutes as the sun will rise at 5:28 a.m. and will set at 6:27 p.m.

It also means that daytime will be longer than nighttime in the next three months.

‘Summer solstice’ signals the beginning of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.

It is the opposite of ‘winter solstice’ or the time when the shortest day and longest night occur usually every 21st or 22nd of December each year.

3 minor planets named after 3 Filipino students

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 11, 2019

Three minor planets were named after three Filipino students after winning second place in the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts.

“Eugene Rivera, Joscel Kent Manzanero, and Keith Russel Cadores of Camarines Sur National High School in Naga City, Camarines Sur each received a certificate identifying their very own minor planet and an orbital plot showing its current location,” according to a Facebook post of the Department of Education (Deped).

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Their team won second place in the “Energy: Physical” category for their work in the design and development of Solar-Tracking Arduino-Rooted PV Panels. They represented the Philippines after winning in the National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) in 2018.

For almost two decades, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory have been naming asteroids discovered by their institute in honor of high school students who excel at science competitions.—Aileen Cerrudo

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