JARO, Iloilo City- For the first time this school year, a stargazing activity was held in PSHS-WVC last March 11–12, 2017.

Dubbed Paglingling 2017, the activity also served as the fourth quarter project of the Grade 8 and 9 batches.

Participants took part in planisphere making, assembling a telescope, learning about the history of astronomy, creating an Alien, and stargazing.

Among the celestial objects viewed by the participants were the two gaseous planets: Saturn and Jupiter, the two terrestrial planets: Venus and Mars, and the moon.

A student peers inside the telescope to get a closer look of the full moon. Photo by: Dinah Ruth Angot

Paglingling 2017 was organized by the Stellar Club headed by Sir Aris Larroder, in cooperation with the Earth Science unit headed by Sir Xavier Brana and Sir Oliver Fuentespina.

The Stellar Club also took part in the event, serving as facilitators along with volunteers from the Physics Core.

Campers sit on the ground as they listen to discussions about stars. Photo by: Dondy Abayon

According to Stellar Club adviser Sir Aris Larroder, "We held the event at the start of the fourth quarter because we wanted to see the full moon."

It was done so the craters would be visible.

"We could also catch Venus at around 6:30pm, Mars at 8:00pm, Jupiter by 10–11pm, and Saturn by 3am", he added.

Aliens grace the stage. Photo by: Felicia Rentoy
Participants of Paglingling 2017 Photo by: Dinah Angot
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