Wednesday, January 30, 2019

3rd NASO Women in Science Award 2019 calls for Applications!

We are pleased to announce a call for application for the '3rd NASO Women in Science Award 2019'. The award will be distributed in two categories: student and professional respectively. The winners will receive cash prizes, certificates and trophies during a function in Kathmandu later this year. 

Interested students or professional can submit their application until February 27, 2019Click Here to submit your application. 

If you are a student or professional working on science and woman, we strongly encourage you to apply for this award.

The basic idea behind the creation of this award is to identify and acknowledge the contribution that women are doing in the field of science and technology in Nepal. We started Women in Astronomy Nepal (WIAN) in 2015 within NASO in order to create a unique platform for all the women working in science. We believe this award will add more enthusiasm and encouragement among the women who are working in science.

The awards were given to Dibya Ghimire (student) & Praynita Karki (professional) and Shreeti Shrestha (student) & Promosha Mishra (professional) in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Feel free to share this opportunity among the women around you!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

IAU appointed a new National Outreach Coordinator (NOC) for Nepal for next three years!

International Astronomical Union (IAU) general secretary Prof. Maria Teresa Lago has appointed Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, Chairman at Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO), as a National Outreach Coordinator for Nepal (NOC-Nepal). The term of the NOC will be for a maximum of 3 years and end at the next IAU General Assembly (GA) unless special notification made by the National Committee of Astronomy (NCA). Since Nepal has no NAC currently, he received his appointment from the IAU Secretariat. 

Photo: Newly appointed IAU National  Outreach Coordinator for Nepal (IAU NOC-Nepal). Credit: Manisha Dwa/NASO 

NOC is the principal national representative appointed under the IAU structure. The primary aims of NOCs are to implement the proposed IAU outreach initiatives at the national level, disseminate information and bridge the IAU with local communities.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is an international astronomical organization that brings together more than 12000 professional astronomers from around the world. Its mission is to promote and safeguard all aspects of the science of astronomy through international cooperation. The IAU also works to promote astronomical education, research, and public outreach activities. To learn more about IAU, please visit 

These activities culminated with the organization of the UNESCO International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), which reached out to over 800 million people from 148 countries. The Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) was set up in 2012 to implement the Beyond IYA2009 plan, to build networks to support and disseminate information to the amateur astronomy and public outreach communities, and to ultimately make it easier for the public to access information about our universe. The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) is based in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. It is a joint venture between the IAU and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). To learn more about IAU OAO, please visit

IAU is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with many events around the globe and he will be coordinating IAU100 activities in Nepal. To learn more about IAU100, please visit

Photo: IAU100 Banner for the celebration in Nepal. Astronomy enthusiasts are encouraged to use this banner at all their astronomy-related events in 2019 and use hashtag #IAU100Nepal and #IAU100. Credit: IAU

Mr. Bhattarai will be the working with the outgoing IAU NOC for Nepal Mr. Janayanta Acharya, Associate Prof. at Department of Astronomy, Valmiki Vidhyapeeth (Nepal Sanskrit University), Kathmandu as well amateur and professional communities in Nepal. 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Application for the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad 2019 is Open!

We are pleased to open the application for the 6th National Astronomy Olympiad 2019! High school students of age between 14-20 years (as of June 30, 2019) are eligible to apply for the program. The first stage of the program will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 12:00 Hrs- 14:00 Hrs in all seven provinces of Nepal. Application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019. 

Application Form is now available for download. Interested students need to download the application form and submit it to one of our representative/ application centers near them. In order to complete your application, you must include:
  • Duly filled Application Form (the motivation section carries 5 marks! So write carefully!)
  • Copy of BLE (for students in class 9-10 or equivalent) or SEE (for class 11-12 or equivalent)
  • Copy of character certificate
  • Application fee (you need to deposit NRs 1, 000- in NASO account visiting one of the Mega Bank nearby you)
With the above documents, you can submit your application file and collect your NAO2019 one T-shirt for free! For the latest updates, visit

National Astronomy Olympiad is generally held at three stages (First stage: entrance, second stage: Pre-closed camp and third stage: Closed camp) between January-June every year since 2014 in Nepal. Since 2014, Nepal is participating at the International Olympiads in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA). Nepal started participating at the International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) since 2018 and will work to cover all three international astronomy olympiads in 2019!