Wednesday, December 28, 2011


NASO's special project "HELLO JUPITER" officially launched on 26th Dec 2011 in the far east region of Nepal during the exhibition programme organized by Damak Multiple Campus, Damak, Jhapa. NASO was invited for the special talk on astronomy and for facilitating an observation programme by the exhibition organizing committee. NASO vice president Mr Sudeep Neupane along with NASO Member Mr.Riwaj Pokhrel, coordinators of project "HELLO JUPITER", participated in the exhibition programme organizing solar observation, talk show, documentary show and an especial observation of planet Jupiter.

Exhibition Inaugural ceremony

Solar observation programme

Observing sun with safe solar glasses

Participant observing Jupiter through a telescope

Friday, December 9, 2011

Join us at NAST tomorrow for the discussion and Observation on last Lunar Eclipse for 2011!

As the second and last of two total lunar eclipses in 2011, the total lunar eclipse occurring on 10 December is posed to enthrall eclipse-enthusiasts from central and eastern Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska and northern Canada. The first total lunar eclipse was observed on 15 June this year. The eclipse’s total phase would last for meager fifty one minutes. Its faint penumbral shadow would begin to cover moon at 17:16 hours local time. The dark umbral phase would touch the moon at 18:30 hours. The moon would enter into totality at 19:51 hours and would arrive at the maximum phase of the greatest eclipse at 20:17 hours. The umbral eclipse magnitude would reach 1.11 at this stage. The totality end at 20:43 hours and the umbral shade would recede from the moon fully at 22:03 hours. The entire eclipse would be finally over at 23:16 hours.

On this occasion, Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) in collaboration with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) would like to organize following events at NAST on Saturday, December 10, 2011:

1. Talk programme: 4pm-5pm 
2. TLE Observation programme: 5pm-11pm

All the eclipse enthusiasts are cordially invited to attend the program. Wish you all a happy Dhanya Purnima and Yomori Punye :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Total Lunar Eclipse December 10, 2011

Press release

As the second and last of two total lunar eclipses in 2011, the total lunar eclipse occurring on 10 December is posed to enthrall eclipse-enthusiasts from central and eastern Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska and northern Canada. The first total lunar eclipse was observed on 15 June this year. The eclipse’s total phase would last for meager fifty one minutes. Its faint penumbral shadow would begin to cover moon at 17:16 hours local time. The dark umbral phase would touch the moon at 18:30 hours. The moon would enter into totality at 19:51 hours and would arrive at the maximum phase of the greatest eclipse at 20:17 hours. The umbral eclipse magnitude would reach 1.11 at this stage. The totality end at 20:43 hours and the umbral shade would recede from the moon fully at 22:03 hours. The entire eclipse would be finally over at 23:16 hours.

How can you do Lunar eclipse observation?

They are safe to watch with naked eyes. Unlike solar eclipse, which can only be gazed briefly from any specific place, a lunar eclipse can be perceived for several hours. It could provide enthralling targets for avid photographers as well.

How does eclipse occur?

A lunar eclipse takes place when the Sun, earth and moon are all perfectly aligned with the earth sitting in the middle of Sun and moon. When the moon passes behind earth, the Sun's rays are blocked from striking the moon. This can only happen when the moon is full and the moon is near or at the descending or ascending nodes (two points of intersection between the planes of moon’s orbit with that of earth’s path around Sun). This time the moon is at the descending node that lies in eastern region of zodiacal constellation Taurus (bull) four days after apogee (moon’s furthest point from earth).

Types of lunar eclipse

Astronomers recognize three basic types of lunar eclipses. In penumbral lunar eclipse the moon passes through earth's penumbral shadow. These events are of only academic interest because they are subtle and hard to perceive. In partial lunar eclipse a portion of the moon passes through earth's umbral shadow and can be admired easily with unaided eye. At total lunar eclipse the entire moon steeps into perplexing earth's umbral shadow of vibrant red color.

Why does not the lunar eclipse happen each month?

Even though the moon orbits earth every 29.5 days and lunar eclipses occur at full moon, lunar eclipses do not happen every month during full moon. It is because the moon's orbit around earth is inclined sparsely five degrees to earth's trajectory around Sun. There are two points (ascending or descending nodes) where the lunar path intersects earth’s track. Since earth's shadows lie exactly in the same plane, during full moon, our natural satellite usually passes above or below earth's shadows and misses them completely. No eclipse takes place. When two to four times each year, moon finds itself at or near the nodes to pass through some portion of the earth's penumbral or umbral shadows, one of the three types of eclipses can be witnessed. Everyone on the night side of earth can see lunar eclipse. Thirty five percent of all eclipses are of the penumbral nature. Another thirty percent are partial eclipses. Around thirty five percent are fascinating total eclipses.

Future Total Lunar Eclipse

Though 2012 and 2013 are devoid of total lunar eclipses, they could be relished in 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2021.

For further information, contact: 015000114 (Mobile: 9851024673, 9841388524)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Nov 4 Observation Programme at Tokha, Kathmandu

Nov 4, An observation programme was organized by NASO (during EurAstro mission 2011) with the help of the local youth club.  During the observation, participants observed Moon and the Jupiter through binocular, and telescope.

A short talk on introductory astronomy  was given to school children by Jean Luc, Sudeep Neupane and Suresh Bhattarai before the observation.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Friendship between MAC and NASO celebrated at RCSC

Mocso Astronomy Club (MAC) and Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) began the friendship organizing a star party followed by a short colloquial at Russian Center for Science and Culture (RCSC), KamalPokhari, Kathmandu on the day 11.11.11.

EurAstro/NASO Programmes in Kathmandu

NASO organized four talk programmes in Kathmandu during Nov 2 to Nov 4 of EurAstro Mission 2011 after the team came  back from 3 days programme at Nagarkot.

Talk Programme at Russian Center for Science and Culture, Kamal Pokhari

Title: Astronomy and Astrophotography
Time: 16:00 - 17:00 hrs
Audience: Citizens of Globe who want to celebrate 50th anniversary year of first human in space

Mr Sudeep Neupane welcoming the guest

Dr Rishi Shah and Jean luck at the discussion session of the programme interacting with audience
Talk Programme at Central Department of Physics, Kirtipur

Title: ProAm cooperation for the development of astronomy
Date: November 03, 2011
Time: 12:00 - 13:00 hrs
Audience: Masters student of physics 

Talk Programme at Nepal Tourism Board, Exhibition Road

Title: Landscape Astrophotography
Date: Nov 3 2011
Time: 16:00 - 17: 00 hrs
Audience: Journalists and astronomy enthusiastic people

Jean Luc interacting with the participants

Group Photo after the programme at NTB

Talk Programme at Xavier International College, Kalopul

Title: Astrophotography and Eclipses
Date: 2011.11.04 Friday
Time: 12:00 to 13:00 hours
Participants: Undergrad student from science faculty

Sunday, November 6, 2011

GHOU/GTTP: Interaction Programme Held During EurAstro Mission 2011

An interaction programme on "Importance of Astronomy and Space Science for the Development of Our Society" had been organized at Nagarkot, Bhaktapur on 30th October 2011. GHOU-Nepal Chapter along with Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) organized the programme during the EurAstro Nepal Mission 2011. NASO executives, teachers including N-PABSON executives, EurAstro mission members and communicators participated in the programme.

Some snaps from the Programme

Photo1: Mr. Sudeep Neupane, moderator of the event  and  GHOU member and GTTP representative for Nepal as well as Vice President-NASO, giving an overview

 Photo 2:NASO president and Academician of NAST presenting the importance of outreach activities 

 Photo 3: Dr. Giancarlo Tomezzoli, Manager-EurAstro Mission Nepal 2011, explaining the European prospective of education and outreach

Photo 4: Jean-Luc Dighaye, President-EurAstro, addressing the issues at the programme

Photo 5: Mr. Prabodh Prabhakar,  Principal -Eureka High School, raising the academic issues and interacting with the participants

Photo 6: Jupiter on the zenith (credit: Subeg Man Bijukchhen)

Mr Riwaj Pokhrel, Subeg Bijukchhen and Rijendra Thapa, executive members of NASO were the rapporteurs of the event.

The interaction program was followed by an overnight observation programme for the attendees.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

EurAstro Team landed on 23rd Oct in Kathmandu

EurAstro team landed in Kathmandu on 23rd Oct for two week long Nepal Mission 2011. NASO Vice President Sudeep Neupane and Secretary Suresh Bhattarai welcomed team at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

NASO have arranged different programmes at different places during the mission.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Astronomical Tour to Chitwan, Makawanpur and Sarlahi 2011

October Second week remained busy for NASO doing astronomy outreach in three different districts, named Chitwan, Makawanpur and Sarlahi of Nepal for astronomical outreach. The team carried it's 8 inch Dobsonian to the places and talked about astronomy and did some observation whenever weather remained cleared!

In the evening of October 16, some night sky observation and light pollution estimation has been done from Sauraha, Chitwan. During the observation, we observed Jupiter, Moon and the some of the prominent constellations visible at that time. The night remained partly cloudy and we played Hide and Seek with them for our observation.

The next day, October 17, we did some night sky observation from Hotel Avocado, Hetauda where NAAM executives joined from from Birgunj. Though the weather played foul to us, the discussions remained unforgettable. Milan Rai, president-Nepali Association for Astronomical Mission (NAAM) expressed, " I have never thought that I could meet Rishi Shah, academician-Nepal academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and president-NASO, who has been doing astronomy for last 25 years in Nepal. It's like a dream for me that I am talking to the person whom are are reading for about a decade in the Rising Nepal and taken as a source of our inspiration for our astronomical work in Birgunj." Mr. Bibek and Prakash from NAAM were there with us for the observation and discussion on Astronomy Olympiad that we are planning for 2012!

Then we went to the School run by Hoste Haise in Sarlahi to have some interaction with school students and with their parents. Though we planned for Solar Observation from the place, we could not do that as the road was damaged by the flood and our vehicle could not go to the other side. We used motorbikes to reach the school and spend some time with the people there and talk about astronomy.

That evening we drive back to Hetauda and enjoy the night sky as we got info Hetauda remained cleared that that while we were in Sarlahi. This night remained most successful nights in terms of observation as we got an opportunity to explore the beauty of the sky over Hetauda which we failed to do last night!

Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on our activities and contact us if you want to participate in our events!

Clear skies to all of you :-)

Orionid Meteor Shower picks on Oct 21st and 22nd

The annual Orionid meteor shower is coming. This shower is expected to rain down its greatest number of meteors before dawn on Friday, October 21, or Saturday, October 22. The rather wide waning crescent moon will interfere, but if you're out on those mornings you might see some meteors!

Watch for the Orionids between midnight and dawn

As usual, the best time to watch the Orionid meteor shower will be between the hours of midnight and dawn. Keep in mind that the moon is waning – or getting smaller by the day. You'll see a smaller moon on Saturday morning than on Friday morning, for example. It's possible that will mean you'll see more meteors on Saturday morning, but, as always, you never know.

You might see some meteors on either side of the peak mornings, too, or during this week leading up to the peak.

Although we hear lots of reports from people who see meteor showers from yards, decks, streets and especially highways in and around cities, the best place to watch a meteor shower is always in the country.

Where do I look to see the Orionids?

Meteors in annual showers are named for the point in our sky from which they appear to radiate. The radiant point for the Orionids is in the direction of the constellation Orion the Hunter. Hence the name is Orionids.

If you trace the paths of these Orionid meteors backward, they do seem to stream from the constellation Orion. But you don't need to know this constellation to see the meteors. The meteors often don't become visible until they are 30 degrees or so from their radiant point – and remember, they are streaking out from the radiant in all directions. So the meteors will appear in all parts of the sky.

That's why it's best to find a wide-open viewing area than to look in any particular direction. Sometimes friends like to watch together, facing different directions. When somebody sees one, they can call out "Meteor!"

How many Orionid meteors will I see?

The word shower might give you the idea of a rain shower. But few meteor showers resemble showers of rain.

Orionid meteors are known to be fast and usually on the faint side. But the Orionids can sometimes surprise you with an exceptionally bright meteor – one that would be visible, even in moonlight – that might break up into fragments.

For many meteor observers … even one meteor can be a thrill. But you might want to observe for an hour or more, and in that case the trick is to find a place to observe in the country. Bring along a blanket or lawn chair and lie back comfortably while gazing upward.

What are meteors?

Meteors are fancifully called shooting stars. They aren't really stars. They're space debris burning up in the Earth's atmosphere.

The Orionid meteors are debris left behind by Comet Halley. The object at left isn't a meteor. It's that most famous of all comets – Comet Halley – which last visited Earth in 1986. This comet leaves debris in its wake that strikes Earth's atmosphere most fully around October 20-22, while Earth intersects the comet's orbit, as it does every year at this time.

Particles shed by the comet slam into our upper atmosphere, where they vaporize at some 100 kilometers – 60 miles – above the Earth's surface.

The Orionids are extremely fast meteors, plummeting into the Earth's atmosphere at about 66 kilometers – 41 miles – per second. Maybe half of the Orionid meteors leave persistent trains – ionized gas trails that last for a few seconds after the meteor itself has gone.

Courtesy: D.Vijaykumar

NASO Vice President back form IAC2011 held in Cape Town

NASO Vice President Mr. Sudeep Neupane is back from his successful participation in International Astronautic Congress 2011 (IAC2011) held in Cape Town, South Africa.He has been the IAF Youth Grant Winner for 2011.

IAF president Inaugurating IAC2011 in Cape Town

NASO Vice President Mr. Sudeep Neupane in IAC 2011 opening ceremony

IAF2011 Youth Grant Winners with Past President of IAF

IAF Youth Grant Winners for 2011 (Mr. Neupane in Nepali Topi)

During his visit form 28th Oct to 9th Oct in South Africa, he also participated in Space Generation Congress (SGC2011), UN/IAF Workshop organized before the IAC. NASO secretary and joint secretary of SGAC Mr. Suresh Bhattarai was also present with VP during SGC2011.

NASO secretary Mr. Suresh Bhattarai with VP Mr. Neupane during SGC closing dinner

Mr. Neupane with S. Ramkrishnan, Director, Liquid Propulsion System Center, ISRO

Mr. Neupane with Prof Scott Madry, International Space University (ISU) and friends

IAC is the only event where all the space science community including the directors of major space agencies are present. Mr. Neupane also presented a paper on IAC2011 in the Education and Outreach session.

NASA head Mr. Charles F. Bolden addressing at the Head of Agencies Plenary during IAC2011

A meeting had been organized at NASO office on 15th Oct for the review of successful participation of NASO representative at IAC. Mr. Neupane shared an overview of the event and his experiences during interaction with the delegates from different countries.

Cloudy Sky Ruined Project Paridhi in Celebration Co-Ed

NASO outreach team reached Celebration Co-Ed situated at Jorpati, Kathmandu on 23rd Sept with the mission to envolve school students for the Project Paridhi- measuring the earth once again.A brief introduction of the project by Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, Secretary of NASO, sufficiently excited all the students for the task. Preparation started on the scheduled time 9:00 hours in the morning. All of the participants were wishing and waiting for the clear sky. Unfortunately the cloudy sky ruined the measurement on the ground.Though the project was postponed, the programme was successfull to energize students for participating again in such educational projects.

After the programme there had been arranged a meeting with Principal of Celebration Co-Ed to discuss about the further requirements and possibilities of student projects. NASO Vice President Mr. Sudeep Neupane had also joined the meeting.

“Project Paridhi – measure the earth again” is a new collaborative works along the citizen scientists of Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, China, Nepal and Russia .

Thursday, September 22, 2011

International Project Paridhi: Measuring The Earth Once Again on September 23, 2011!

We all know that the earth is round, at least this is what our teachers and their teachers have been telling us and them. We never ventured out of the paradigm of one way learning to experience the joy of learning by doing it and that too especially Science.

There have been followers of "Flat earth" theory and it used to be quite big number which it still is in some of the so called "flat earth societies". They believed that the world lived on a flat disk and one can drop into depths of sky when they venture out of the edge!!

This autumnal equinox, Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) is collaborating with SPACE-India, Delhi which has devised this simple yet very powerful and important experiment as an international citizen science project to measure the size of the earth with shadows measurements – “Project Paridhi – measure the earth again” as a new collaborative works along the citizen scientists of Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, China, Nepal and Russia .

Under this project students will replicate and in fact take actual measurements of the shadows made by sun to gather the size of earth and its shape as done 2300 years back by astronomer Eratosthenes. This project involves reading of shadows at local noon by pair of teams on the same longitude on the globe. Our experiments from Kathmandu will align with the citizen scientists of Patna and Bhubaneswor of India that fall almost with one degree of longitude and readings taken at the same time from these cities can tell us about the size and shape of the earth.

The observation base will be extended to global arena by next winter solstice in December 2011. This project is a showcase for proving that science can be best learnt by doing.

If you are interested to join us for this exciting experiments, find us at:
Venue: Celebration Co-Ed School (
Address: Jorpati, Narayantar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: Friday, September 23, 2011
Time: 09:00-14:00 Hrs

Contact: +977-01-4910332 or +977-9841485867 (if needed)

Please be there at 08:45 Hrs, Friday, September 23, 2011 if you want to participate in the experiment. For more info on this project please visit

Lets celebrate this autumnal equinox in a different way at Celebration Co-Ed School!

Friday, August 5, 2011

11th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM2011) held in Thailand!

The 11th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM2011) was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, during July 26-29, 2011, continuing on from the successful 10th APRIM held in Yunnan, PRC in 2008. The principal aim of the conference was to provide a forum for the expanding astronomy research community. In view of the extensive scientific and technical development in astronomy now occuring at the observatories all over the world, APRIM2011 became an important forum to encourage collaborations among groups working in different countries in the region.As with APRIM2008, astronomers from all over the world were welcomed to contribute to all sessions of the meeting.Participation of young astronomers and students was strongly encouraged.A special session focusing on astronomy education, outreach and popularization of astronomy was also arranged.

A full-day excursion to the Thai National Observatory, home of the 2.4-m optical telescope and to the Princess Sirindhorn Neutron Monitor in Doi Inthanon National Park, was organized as part of the conference programme.A joint event, Astro-Expo 2011, to commemorate His Majesty the King's 84th Birthday in the year 2011, was also be organized.

Nepal presented four contributions ( 3 oral and one poster) during the meeting. The name of the four delegates from Nepal were Rishi Shah,Sudeep Neupane, Suresh Bhattarai and Riwaj Pokhrel.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Weather play foul to the Star Gazers of Nepal during Total Lunar Eclipse on June 15/16, 2011!

The first Total Lunar Eclipse of 2011 brought great excitement among the amateur astronomers of Nepal.observe this historical eclipse,Nepal Astronomical Society(NASO), Kathmandu and Nepali Association for Astronomical Mission(NAAM) Birgunj,Nepal had organized doouble stationed observation of TLE from Nepal.before, NASO has spread the news among the nepalese through different media. " We have been busy answering the questions from the media as an live on FM radios from different parts of Nepal", said the Rishi Shah,Academician of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and President of NASO. We have tried to dissiminate the right information to every corner of Nepal through TVs, Radios and newspaper", explained Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, Secretary of NASO.

Through the observation from Kathmandu failed due to rain, Observers at other end had enjoyed the moments. "It was amazing to observe the moon passing deeply in the shadow of the Earth with in hrs,more interestingly to see the changes in the colour of the moon with orange to red and to black" explained Mr. Milan Rai, president of Nepali Association for Astronomical Mission(NAAM)

As we know that our solar system is a family of planets and their satellites which revolving around the sun on their orbit, so some time they come between a straight line while revolving around the sun. When the earth comes between the sun and the moon and they all are in straight path,the earth obstruct the light reaching to the moon causing shadow on it is known as lunar eclipse. Mr Rai further added, "In Birgunj the moon observation night was started from 8:00pm to the morning 7:00 am. According to local time ,the partial eclipse was begain at 12:04 a.m and total eclipse was begain at 1:06 a.m and total eclipse ends at 2:45 a.m morning at birgunj. After on wards we couldn’t recored the phases of eclipse of cloudy weather".

See you on in December, 2011!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


The first rare and longest total lunar eclipse of 2011 occurs on Wednesday 15 June 2011. Sky-gazers with clear skies could view this eclipse also from parts of Southeast Asia, eastern Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Antarctica.

For us, the eclipse will begin at 11:08 PM local time when the moon enters the faint portion (penumbra) of the earth’s shadow. At about an hour later at 00:08 AM after midnight the moons begins to slide into the inky part of the shadow of earth (umbra). Although the penumbra would be slightly discerned, the umbra will be fully visible to eyes when the moon becomes deeply ruddy dark till 03:48 AM in the morning. The total lunar eclipse becomes then obviously evident, when moon is immersed fully into murky umbral shadow of earth from 01:07 AM to 02:47 AM (for 100 minutes). Weather permitting eclipse-chasers could notice the dark and then the light shadow leaving the moon and thus ending the total lunar eclipse at 04:48 AM few hours before the dawn. The moon rises at 06:40 PM on 15 June 2011, while it sets at 05:20 AM in the next morning. The sunrise and sunset on 15 June are at 05:08 AM and 07:01PM respectively. The Sun rises at 05:08 AM and sets at 07:01 PM in the evening on 16 June 2011.

The total length of this lunar eclipse would measure to about five hours and fourty minutes. As the full moon would glide through the middle of umbra, the total lunar eclipse phase would last unusually long for about one hundred minutes just shy of seven minutes for it to become the absolute maximum total lunar eclipse. The moon is approximately 372 thousand kilometers away during the eclipse.

Consequently this total lunar eclipse is relatively long after the ones that have happened before on 16 July 1935 (totality lasting for 101 minutes), 06 July 1982 (totality lasting for 107 minutes) and 16 July 2000 (totality lasting for 107 minutes). The next total lunar eclipse of such lengthy duration will take place on 27 July 2018 with totality lasting for 106 minutes. The moon is moving from zodiacal constellation Scorpius (Brishak) towards Sagittarius (Dhanu) passing predominantly through the constellation Ophiuchus (Bhujak Dhari) during the various phases of the eclipse. The Sun is in zodiacal constellation Taurus (Brish) on 15 June.

The next normal total lunar eclipse can be witnessed on 10 December 2011 by us. The last such total eclipse was visible on 04 March 2007 from Kathmandu.

Lunar eclipses occur only at full moon. Furthermore, the average inclination of lunar orbit to the ecliptic plane is five degrees. However, at every full moon we do not experience eclipse, mainly because the orbit of the moon is inclined in relation to the plane in which earth travels around the Sun and intersect at two points called descending (Ketu) and ascending (Rahu) nodes. The eclipse occurs when the moon appears near or at these nodal points. The orbit of our moon around the earth is completed in approximately 27.3 days. The sunlight with longer wavelengths (red) after passing through earth’s atmosphere that has reached the moon contributes to the faint reddish glow on moon even when moon is totally eclipsed.

Such regular cosmic spectacle caused by celestial movements of the Sun, earth and its moon have had enthralled but also frightened people from different cultures and triggered superstitious beliefs that had even started battles with tragic consequences. However, we would request the eclipse-watchers to enjoy and understand this marvelous celestial event without any kind of fear.

Contact Details:
Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO),P.O.Box: 3459, Ekantakuna, Lalitpur, Nepal,

Monday, May 2, 2011

Talk on Astronomy and Space Science at Martin Chautari

On May 1, 2011, a program was organized as a collaboration of Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) and Martin Chautari (MC) under the research seminar series of MC as a celebration of Global Astronomy Month (GAM) in Nepal.During the program, Rishi Shah, Academician-Nepal Academy of Science and Technology(NAST); president-Nepal Astronomical Society(NASO) presented a talk on "Promoting Space Science and Astronomy Education in for the Development of Society in Nepal". The talk was followed by short documentaries on Space Science and astronomy.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Two executives of NASO, Dr. Rishi Shah-president and Mr. Sudeep Neupane- Vice President, participated in MEARIM II 10-15 April, 2011 which was held in CAPE TOWN, SA. During the meeting Mr. Sudeep Neupane, Founder vice president of NASO, delivered his presentation on "Astronomy Education Status and Outreach in Nepal". The meeting was organized at Ritz Hotel, Cape Town.

Group photo of the meeting

After the meeting, NASO executives visited Cape of Good Hope and Cape of Aghulas. Cape of Aghulas is know as southern tip of Africa.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

THE TIME MACHINE: First Movie to celebrate GAM in Nepal

On April 2, NASO Movie club members watched a movie THE TIME MACHINE. This event was organzed a part of GAM2011 célébration in Népal.

NASO at Exhibition 2011

On April 2, NASO put its stall to give information about Astronomy/Astrophysic and Space science education in Nepal at the Children's Liberty School, Jorpati.

( Full report coming soon)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Celebration for the first human space flight by Russian cosmonout Yuri Gagarin, an organizing committee consisting twenty three members and chaired by Prof Dr Prakash Chandra Adhikari, Member Sectretary Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has been announced today in the meeting at Russian Centre for Science and Culture (RCSC), Kamal Pokhari, Kathmandu.

Photo 1: Dr. Rishi Shah, addressing the meeting

At the meeting, H.E. Sergey Velechkin, Ambassador of Russian Federation in Nepal and Co-chair of the organizing committee shared his memorable moments with the legendary cosmonout Yuri Gagarin.

The committee, incorporated with eminent personalities in sceince and technology in Nepal, will be organizing various events for a whole year 2011. Dr. Rishi Shah, Academician-NAST, President-Nepal Astronomical Society(NASO), has introduced the programme proposal for the year of celebration as a collaborative work between RCSC and NASO.

Photo 2: Participants of the meeting posing for the group photo.

Mr.Stanislav Simakov, Direcctor of RCSC, Counselor of the Russian Embassy and member secretary of Organizing Committee emphasize the need of collaborative wofks among the exsiting organizations working in the field of science and technology.

The further programmes will be officially announced on April 13, 2011 by the organizing committee!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

NASO met Solar JPL Ambassador Joan Chamberlin in Kathmandu

March 20 2011 NASO had a wonderful meeting with NASA SOLAR SYSTEM JPL Ambassador Joan Chamberlin from Maine, US. During the meet, we had bilateral discussion for the development of society through astronomy and space science and the cooperation for future.