28 March 2006

PAGASA: Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration

Not just a weather bureau, PAGASA is also the official government agency tasked to study the stars and other heavenly bodies.

Mention the word PAGASA, and most people think of weather forecasts. But to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, work goes beyond floods and typhoons—their realm of study extends all the way from the earth and its atmosphere to the depths of outer space!

Check it out. They have an astronomical observatory that is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their observatory has the distinction of having the largest telescope in the country—a fully computerized reflecting telescope with a primary mirror almost one and a half feet across. They have a planetarium where you can learn all the constellations with the help of a professional astronomer. They also have a time service unit with an atomic clock, a solar radiation network, and a publication unit that produces star maps as well as almanacs containing tables of sunrise, sunset and other astronomical phenomena for the rest of the year.
Nice primer on what Pagasa is all about. Not just weather, it also covers the whole sky. The Philippine sky, that is.

Aside from the link below, here's their official site. You think they also handle UFO cases?