The DOST-Science Education Institute (SEI) partnered with the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET) of the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute, to live stream its Venus Transit activities in Bicol from 02 to 07 June 2012.
DOST-SEI Director Filma G. Brawner said that the live streaming is aimed at maximizing participation all over the country and increasing the impact of the activity. The live stream of the Venus Transit observation will be seen on the DOST-SEI’s website (www.sei.dost.gov.ph).
The historic viewing of the Venus Transit will be brought closely to 180 students of six (6) underprivileged schools in Daet, Camarines Norte by DOST-SEI’s Science Explorer, the Philippines first and only mobile science interactive learning facility. Students will be given a chance to learn about the Venus Transit and actually observe the phenomenon via telescopes. Lectures will likewise be conducted by Dr. Rogel Mari D. Sese, Focal Person for the Philippine Space Science Education Program.
“We believe that exposing the young students in this kind of astronomical observation will boost their interest in science and hopefully motivate them to pursue studies in the field,” said Director Brawner.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Philippines is one of the better view points for the Venus Transit.
The Venus Transit – a phenomenon when planet Venus passes between the Earth and the sun – is a rare planetary alignment, which happens in pairs that are eight (8) years apart with dual events taking place approximately every 105 years. The world witnessed said occultation in 2004, the first transit of the planet since 1882. With Reports from DOST-SEI