Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Astro Tea-Talk & Star Party

A total of 33 participants (both science & non-science background) participated enthusiastically in the event. Rotaractors from Rotaract Club of Patan Durbar Square, Rotaract Club of Kathmandu Medical College, Rotaract Club of Lalitpur, Rotaract Club of Yala and Rotaract Club of Pashupati were also the part of the event. 

Mr. Suresh Bhattarai (Chairman and CEO of NASO), Rtr. Kishor Acharya (President St. Xavier's Physics Council- Nepal (SXPC-Nepal), Past President, Rotaract Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town) & Mr. Ishan Basyal (National Point of Contact (NPoC) for Nepal from Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)) were the facilitators in the event from NASO. 

Equipment Used were: 
· Solar Telescope 
· 8’inch Dobsonian Optical Telescope 
· Binoculars 

During the first session of the program, participants were indulged in some interesting astronomical talk program with the facilitators. Mr. Suresh Bhattarai talked about Comet Love-Joy and Rosetta Mission. Mr. Kishor Acharya’s talk topic was “Pluto Flies”. Whereas, Mr. Ishan Basyal put some light over “Where is Everybody?.The talk program was followed by Solar Observation in the basketball court at Thames International College and a meal break before moving on to the next session ( Observation). 

In the second session held at Sano Gaucharan Community Park (Besides Sano Sansar Youth Hostel), Old Banshwor, participants were indulged purely in observation of the celestial bodies: 

1. Venus with its phases 
2. Andromeda Galaxy 
3. Pleiades 
4. Orion Nebula 
5. Jupiter and its Galilean Moons 

The program was coordinated by Rtr. Sichu Chitrakar, Club Secretary/ President Elect (RY 2014-15) and jointly organized by Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) and Rotaract Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

NASO Welcomes IYL2015 in Nepal!

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) in association with Sano Sansar Youth Hostel organize an interaction program to welcome International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies (IYL2015) at at Hattiban Resort, Pharping, Kathmandu, Nepal. During the program, Er. Rishi Shah, Academician at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and Advisor/Patron at NASO share his experience with night sky and effect of light pollution for past few decades in Nepal.

Rishi Shah sharing his experience and importance of astronomy to the participants.

During sessions, participants get an opportunity to know more about astronomy, how light is important for life and also the consequences of light pollution for urban areas like Kathmandu! Participants shared their observations around them since their childhood and notice the effect of light pollution!

Participants posing for group photo with Er. Rishi Shah and NASO Officials during the interaction on IYL2015
As a part of a program, solar observation was carried out where participants had the first hand experience to look at the sun with solar telescope! Participants were selected based on their engagements on different academic streams: humanities to science/engineering.

If you are a female and studying science or would like to work as science communicator, please feel free to join us to empower female participation in science activities.