SkyXplore: SpaceDome Digital Planetarium (Philippines)

SkyXplore SpaceDome Digital Planetarium brings the universe to schools in the Philippines starting at the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City.

Inside the SkyXplore SpaceDome planetarium with Nikki Coseteng.

April 30, 2010. SkyXplore Philippines was born.

On that day, the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City launched it’s latest pride, a mobile SpaceDome Digital Planetarium System. It’s part of former Philippine Senator Anna Dominique “Nikki” M.L. Coseteng’s SkyXplore (Sky Exlpore) Project of her Discover and Probe the Skies (DPS) Foundation Inc. which she introduced with the help of professional astronomers Frederick Gabriana and wife Rochelle of the University of the Philippines Astronomical Society (UPAS) and Pyxis Astronomy. The launch included an exhibit of telescopes, space photographs, and meteorites originally from the personal collection of Allen Yu.

Coseteng’s SkyXplore Project is an educational program stemming from her academic aspirations while serving as president of the Diliman Preparatory School. The mobile planetarium is one of the tools with which she explores new ways to educate Filipino students, giving them the opportunity to go beyond what’s taught and to learn from what’s possible using their creativity and imagination, thereby widening their experience beyond the confines of the classroom and textbook education. The planetarium uses compressed air to inflate and has a zippered entrance. It doesn’t look big from the outside, but it definitely can give a big show to audiences inside. Deflated, it is easily folded and stored in a light van or pickup for transport.

A meteorite display at the SkyXplore planetarium launch is inspected by Nikki Coseteng.

The SkyXplore SpaceDome Digital Planetarium uses a computer attached to a special planetarium projection system. It is Linux-based and uses an open-source software to display the heavens and show the sky as it appears at any time within the limits of the program. It is also able to display the constellations as other cultures see them. Astronomer Gabriana is including Filipino constellations in the program as described by indigenous peoples like the Aeta of Zambales. This project is being undertaken with the help of research made by Dr. Dante Ambrosio, a history professor of the University of the Philippines (UP). If completed by Gabriana, it will be the first time that Philippine constellations will be integrated in a planetarium program for the whole world to appreciate.

Coseteng’s DPS foundation takes the SkyXplore SpaceDome Planetarium to schools all over the country, promoting the science of astronomy and inspiring Filipino students to delve deeper into the fascinating world of science and technology. Ramon Acevedo, resident astronomer of the Seven Suites Hotel (along Sumulong Highway in Antipolo), showed his excitement at the launch of the SkyXplore Project. Educational astronomers like Acevedo hope that astronomy will become more popular in the Philippines through SkyXplore, as learning institutions are inspired by it to offer degree courses on the science. Astronomy is one subject that schools in the Philippines should give more attention to and astronomy professionals – amateurs, and hobbyists alike believe it’s high time that a few things change for the better in the Philippines’ educational system.

The SkyXplore SpaceDome fits easily in the Diliman Prep gymnasium.

It’s an accepted notion that astronomy is one science through which many people who, in their youth, have found inspiration in their decision to pursue degrees and careers in the sciences later in life. An interest in the shining objects in the sky is believed to have seeded the beginnings of science. It’s been said that the early peoples who first asked questions about the world around them began to wonder about the stars. With the SkyXplore SpaceDome Digital Planetarium in the Philippines, many more Filipinos will likely be asking and wondering about their place in the universe once they experience outer space inside the SpaceDome. It’s an unforgettable experience for everyone!

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45 Responses to “SkyXplore: SpaceDome Digital Planetarium (Philippines)”
  1. MELÄ°SSA14 Says...

    On May 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

  2. kirsten dane mansilungan Says...

    On September 25, 2010 at 3:18 am

    thanks for coming to our school, the holy infant school!

  3. wanga Says...

    On October 20, 2010 at 3:23 am

    ang ganda space dome bongga….._

  4. Raj the Tora Says...

    On October 29, 2010 at 3:05 am

    good review and nice pictures.

  5. Glenn San Gabriel Says...

    On November 19, 2010 at 7:51 am

    thanks for coming to IHMC, nice space dome… astig

  6. Camille Bianca Bondoc Says...

    On December 11, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Hi! :) I’m Camille Bianca Bondoc from Uno High School. We had so much fun yesterday! Thank you so much!

  7. jemima polido Says...

    On December 21, 2010 at 7:09 am

    hi.. i’m jemima polido of saint mary’s university high school department.. last december 1o, 2o1o kami nagskyexplore.. OMG! ang saya ng skyexplore.. lalo na sa sky planetarium.. sana maulit po ulit ung mga moments na un.. thank you sa mga nag-organize nito..

  8. alvinwriter Says...

    On December 21, 2010 at 8:44 am

    It’s very inspiring to see a lot of students in the Philippines showing interest in astronomy. The SkyXplore mobile planetarium definitely contributes a lot in this regard.

  9. kristine belle Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Hi! I\’m Kristine belle from Saint Mary\’s University High school and Science High school Department
    I love Skyxplore i wish i can be a Astronomer someday so that i can more experience how to be a Astronomer. I will never forget SKYXPLORE thank you for coming!!!!!!!!! :)

  10. kristine belle Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Hi! I’m Kristine belle from Saint Mary’s University High school and Science High school Department
    I love Skyxplore i wish i can be a Astronomer someday so that i can more experience how to be a Astronomer. I will never forget SKYXPLORE thank you for coming!!!!!!!!! :)

  11. alvinwriter Says...

    On December 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    That’s the spirit! We need more scientists and astronomy is a gateway to other sciences.

  12. alyanna Says...

    On January 22, 2011 at 4:35 am

    its really fun watching inside the dome very educational

  13. kate roxanne altarejos Says...

    On January 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    someday gusto kung makapunta sa mga planeta

  14. kate roxanne altarejos Says...

    On January 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    gusto ko ulit pumunta doon sa loob nang space dome masakit lang sa ulo

  15. mei mei tamonlang Says...

    On February 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    ang ganda ng skyexplor hindi sayang yung pera ko na binayad talaga mamimis ko to sana every year mangyari to sa buhay ko……………….
    kasi feel ko nasa outherespace tapus nag punta kami sa jupiter……
    nice talaga………..

  16. CLAYE Says...

    On February 14, 2011 at 7:47 am

    hi im claye gena from bangkal elementary school sna bmalik kyu s school nmin I LIKE THE SPACE DOME

  17. Faith Purificacion Says...

    On February 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you for coming in our school,St Teresita’s Academy,Aritao,Nueva Vizcaya.We had fun yesterday.Pls come again.We like most is the planetarium.

    Thank you!!!

  18. jacob bolivar Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

    The space dome and the meteorites/meteors rocked.But the others sucked especially the stargazing activity (school:DLSZ).

  19. chloei darl Says...

    On July 22, 2011 at 9:39 am

    it\’s educational
    it\’s a little sad because we doesn\’t have star gazing….:(

  20. galileo galilei Says...

    On July 23, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Thank you for coming to school, Cavite National Science High School. We learned much from you and you did made astronomy near to us. Thanks for the knowledge!!! I hope we see you again and pursue our stargazing.. :) )))

  21. Jiggs Manguiob Says...

    On October 2, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Thank you skyxplore for coming into our school, Ateneo De Davao University High School. We learned so much about astronomy.

  22. joy Says...

    On October 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

    hi joy..from narra national highschool.(NNHS) sana po bmlik pa kau xa ixkul nmin,..we love space dome.,,enjoy po namin,..graveh po kaxaya..!!! we love it.!!!.. pa regards nman po ke kua dot..pati po kay kua staff po ng skyxplore…hehee>>>>> ^_^

  23. jessa mae cruzat Says...

    On October 7, 2011 at 9:52 am

    aun,super enjoy ung sky explore, i realy2 loved it so much sulit na sulit ung bnayad kx nkarating naman kami sa outer space. enjoy ang gnda, hope na ma experience qpa xia ul8.. tnx 4 visiting our school here in palawan

    fr. narra national high school. palawan

  24. charlie Says...

    On October 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Sir Ang saya talaga ng Space dome
    Gusto ko na po maging astronaut sa isang araw madami matutuklasan
    Visit nyo po Ulit Ang school po namin

    from Canossa College San Pablo city
    thamk you

  25. princess Says...

    On October 13, 2011 at 5:52 am

    it is very informative thank you dps

  26. charlie Says...

    On October 13, 2011 at 9:04 am


    Im from Canossa college in san pablo laguna

  27. mary alcomendras Says...

    On October 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    thaNk u skyxplore 4 coming 2 our school,,(NAZARETH HIGH SCHOOL OF BANSALAN)……….we njoy very2 mch in that day..we learn more about astronomy…………thank u also 4 the knowledge that u shared 2 us…………… hope we meet again smeday……………………………………………………..god bless.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  28. marhiel sofia Says...

    On October 24, 2011 at 10:11 am

    hello po thank you for coming to our school i really love the space dome it is the best its kinda sad cause we doesn’t have star gazing but i enjoyed it either and i enjoyed ask an astronomer Mr. Rosales is the greatest i really learned many things and my fave part is when i used to hold a real rock from space thank you so much for letting me to experience that i really love you guys

    from; st Marys college of meycauayan bulacan

  29. taj Says...

    On October 25, 2011 at 4:29 am

    what materials were used in the construction?

  30. noreen Says...

    On November 4, 2011 at 7:00 am

    do u hab n alien

  31. khairul santiago Says...

    On November 10, 2011 at 6:14 am

    is it true that the gibeon meteorite is the king of metals???

  32. bianca louize Says...

    On November 22, 2011 at 5:55 am

    hi! i am bianca louize silva of achievers special education center here in angeles city, we had so much fun…i hope i could try the star gazing next year because we were not able to do it last week.thanks for sharing your knowledge to us.

  33. kaethe trespeces Says...

    On November 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

    ang ganda talaga ng skyxplore sna meron dn ako nyan sa bahay…heheheh

  34. Joseph Says...

    On December 9, 2011 at 4:51 am

    hi :)

  35. leahlyn Says...

    On December 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

    yes,tama kayo ang ganda ng skyxplore….i really want to watch again………

  36. cristina ninalga Says...

    On January 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

    maganda ang sky explore lalo na ung space dome,…. someday i will be an astronomer…

  37. leana Says...

    On February 4, 2012 at 1:03 am

    ang bongga haha saya lalo na yung stargazing ang ganda ng moon haha sana pumunta ulet kau sa OCES (olongapo city)

  38. lara marie durban Says...

    On February 14, 2012 at 5:21 am

    ang ganda pero sayang cloudy ng humapon sana naka stargazing pa kami…… sana bumalik jayoulit sa CHJ…….

  39. alvinwriter Says...

    On February 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Follow your dreams. If being an astronomer is your goal then do what you can to make it real. If you love what you do, you will reach great heights in achievement.

  40. Donita Says...

    On July 24, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Sana mag-enjoy kami sa skyxplore bukas…haha nararamdaman ko na ang kaenjoyan..haha..sana marami pa kaming matututunang more info dito sa skyxplore..:)) ..hay excited na kameng lahat.. (Our Lady Of Lourdes School) here in Lipa City..

  41. jenny manzano Says...

    On July 25, 2012 at 4:30 am

    i would like to bring my high school students to university of the philippines to experience skyxplore, pls send me the requirements on how to scedule them. are there entrance fees to be paid. im hoping for your responce. thank you.

  42. alvinwriter Says...

    On August 15, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Contact the UP Astronomical Society through Facebook. You can also try Pyxis Astronomy Educational Services, headed by Associates of UP AstroSoc. Just look them up online. Enjoy the skies!

  43. princess Says...

    On October 15, 2012 at 1:00 am


  44. Crazy Jackson Says...

    On January 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm


  45. ronald Says...

    On February 15, 2013 at 3:55 am

    ang ganda sna…kaso ang dming ndi nk attend…bat kc n re sched…sn nextime wag n maulit…..sayang tlg….

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