Sunday, December 10, 2017

Application Opens for the 5th National Astronomy Olympiad 2018!

We are pleased to open the application for the 5th National Astronomy Olympiad 2018 in Nepal! Interested students who are currently studying at high school or completed high school and will join the university program in 2018 can participate in the program. Participant should not be more than 20 years old by June 30, 2018!

The first round of selection will be held at different cities on Saturday, February 17, 2018! The application deadline is Friday, February 9, 2018.



NAO2018 Application Form and Handbook are now available at www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad

Currently, we have five application centers located in Biratnagar, Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara and Butwal. Details on the application centers, contact persons and contact details are listed below: 

Interested to know more about our olympiad program? Please feel free to contact our office (41103440 for an orientation program at your college/city!

Friday, December 8, 2017

NASO 5th National Astronomy Olympiad Logo Competition Result Announced Today!

We are pleased to announce the winners of our NASO 5th National Astronomy Olympiad Logo Competition!

Lets congratulate the winners for their worderful works:
  • First Prize: Safal Shrestha
  • Second Prize: Ayush Pandey
  • Third Prize: Surya Gyawali
The competition was open during September 25-November 15, 2017. Our judges carefully evaluated all the logos. The judging panel included NASO executives, astronomy olympiad committee members and teachers selected for the astronomy olympiad exposure camp which was held in India during last month.

The First Prize Logo designed by Safal Shrestha

Safal Shrestha, 16 years science student currently studying at class 11 at Capital College and Research Center (CCRC), Koteshwor, Kathmandu, expressed, “It was an unimaginable moment for me to achieve first place in the logo designing competition where many skilled people had participated alongside me. It was the first competition I entered related to graphic design. I had put all my hard work in this design and all the skills I’ve learnt since I laid my hands on Photoshop one and a half years ago. I’d like to thank NASO for making me believe that passion is everything and I’m really delighted to get such opportunity.”


The Second Prize Logo designed by Ayush Pandey


The Third Prize Logo designed by Surya Gyawali


The first prize winning logo will be used as an official logo for our 5th National Astronomy Olympiad 2018.

The winning logos will get cash prize of NRs. 5, 000/-, NRs. 1, 000/- and NRs. 500/- with certificates respectively during a ceremony organized in Kathmandu in 2018.


Waiting for the astronomy olympiad?
Application for the 5th National Astronomy Olympiad 2018 will be opened at www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad soon!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

World Space Week Concludes in Nepal!

World Space Week 2017 celebration in Nepal has been concluded with a program at Khwopa Secondary School, Bhaktapur today!

Photo 1: Panel session: from left to right [Suresh Kumar Dhungel (NAST),  Sudarshan Karki (LIGO), Manisha Dwa (NASO/WIAN), Khim Panthee (NYC-Nepal) and Suresh Bhattarai (NASO)]
Photo 2: Participants and school faculties paying attention during the panel discussion on 'How Nepal can contribute to the global scientific community?'
 During the event, Sudarshan Karki, PHD candidate at Department of Physics, University of Oregon, USA and also working at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) gave the information about the scenario of the detection of gravitational waves to the students. His presentations gave insight to the working and importance of such observatory. 

Photo 3: Sudarshan Karki, PhD candidate, Department of Physics, University of Oregon, USA sharing about LIGO and gravitational waves detection.
During the panel discussion, Khim Panthee, science expert at National youth Council, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal provided the information on the importance of youth involvement in science sectors of Nepal. Also, Dr. Suresh Kumar Dhungel, Chief at Faculty of Technology, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) provided the first hand information on the initiatives that NAST to the audience. He also shared the proposed initiatives to encourage innovative minds for the scientific achievements. Manisha Dwa, coordinator at Women in Astronomy in Nepal (WIAN) and Director/Project Coordinator at shared her experience doing science and how Nepali girls can take leadership in global scientific community. Sudarshan Karki shared experience following passion versus societal trends and how we can go along with our passion to achieve a goal in life. Suresh Bhattarai, Chairman at NASO highlighted the importance of collaborations engaging more Nepali into scientific activities. He also shared some of the initiatives of NASO where open data has been used for research activities and how students of every level can participate based on their skills/knowledge/experience being a part of global scientific community.

Photo 4: Panelists with organizers and school officials during a group photo. From left to right [ Suresh Bhattarai (NASO), Khim Panthee (NYC-Nepal), Suresh Kumar Dhungel (NAST), Prakash Kumar Shrestha (KSS), Niru Shrestha (KSS)]

Prakash Kumar Shrestha, Principal at Khwopa Secondary School highlighted the importance of such program in coming days to provide students latest developments in scientific community. He also provided token of love to all the panelists.

Photo 5: Prakash Kumar Shrestha, Principal at Khwopa Secondary School providing Token of Love to Suresh Bhattarai, Chairman at Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) during the event.
During the program two documentaries 'The known Universe' and 'From Sputnik to Today to Tomorrow' were screened.


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Updates on WSW2017 Competitions

This year, as a part of our World Space Week celebration we started two competitions in September with a deadline today! With several requests from the participants and schools, we extended the deadline till Wednesday, November 15, 2017!

NASO 5th National Astronomy Olympiad Logo Competition
We are pleased to announce the NASO 5th National Astronomy Olympiad Logo Competition as a part of our world space week celebration in Nepal. Interested designers must submit their design by October 10, 2017 November 15, 2017!

Important Details:
Submission Open: September 25, 2017
Submission Close: October 10, 2017 November 15, 2017
Registration Fee: NRs 200/-

Top three logos will be awarded with cash prizes and certificates in Kathmandu. Also, the first prize winner logo will be used as the logo of 5th National Astronomy Olympiad to be held in 2018.

This competition has been designed to provide an opportunity to more people to get involved with our astronomy Olympiad program. It will also provide them platform to share their creativity with national, regional and global exposure!

Rules and regulations:
  • The logo must include the following themes: Astronomy, Education & Nepal and should reflect the 5th National Astronomy Olympiad 2018
  • Submitted designs must contain the original idea/creation of the designer. 
  • The design must be submitted at olympiad[at]nepalastronomicalsociety.org
  • The logo should be 600 x 600 pixels in size. 
  • Designer must submit the his/her logo in no more than 200 words. Design without description will not be accepted for competition.
Anyone who wants to share their creativity with us wish to get national and international exposure can submit their work.
Space Art Competition 2017: Win A Telescope
Space Art Competition 2017 is an opportunity to students studying till class 8 to share their passion for space and arts and win a telescope!

Rules:
  • Must be your own creation
  • Size of the poster should be A3 (29.7cm x 42cm)
  • Scan copy of the work should be send with a subject line: NASO Space Art Competition 2017 to info.naso [at] gmail.com
  • Only short-listed works will be requested to be sent to Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO), P.O. Box 21229, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Name, class, gender and name of the school should be mentioned in the top of poster
  • One submission per registration
  • Submission without registration payment will not be considered for the evaluation
Important Details:
Submission Open: September 17, 2017
Submission Deadline: October 10, 2017 November 15, 2017
Registration fee: NRs 200/–

The competition is open to all the students currently studying at basic school level (upto class 8) in Nepal.