Thursday, March 24, 2016

Astronomy Olympiad rescheduled for June 11, 2016 in Nepal!

National Astronomy Olympiad Organizing Committee has rescheduled the selection exam for 3rd National Astronomy Olympiad 2016 - Nepal on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  Earlier, the selection exam scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2016!


The exam has been rescheduled as we received frequest requests from the students and the faculties and expressed their concerns about the ungoing international exams, HISSAN exams and board exams and potential drop out in the applications by interested students due to exam pressure.

The new date for the exam has been decided which allows all the class 11, 12 and A Level students to participate as all the pre-university exams will be over by June 10, 2016!

Students who have already collected the application forms but could not submit their application due to several holidays and bank closure, now are able to submit their application and participate in the program without any stress of exams!

With this change, students can collect and submit their applications till Tuesday, May 31, 2016 to the following:

  • Kathmandu Valley – Nepal Astronomical Society (01-4110344)
  • Biratnagar- Mr. Gopal Niraula (9842369861)
  • Birgunj- Mr. Milan Rai (9845409422)
  • Chitwan- Mr. HC Regan Babu Bhatta (9855062676)
  • Pokhara- Mr. Anand Gurung (9803189651)

Now don't miss this great opportunity to be a part of 3rd National Astronomy Olympiad 2016! We request all the interested students to avoid the deadline and ecnourage  to complete their as soon as possible. 

Here is a trailor made by Mr. Sandeep Tiwari, winner of NAO2016 logo Competition:

All the best to all the applicants! Apply now to be a national hero of the country in astronomy!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Apply today to be a part of 3rd National Astronomy Olympiad 2016- Nepal!

Nepal Astronomical Society has announce 3rd National Astronomy Olympiad 2016- Nepal! The selection around will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Baratnagar, Birgunj, Chitwan, Kathmandu and Pokhara.

The National Astronomy Olympiad Program is an educational program designed by Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) and ESPRO Foundation to encourage Nepalese students who pursue further studies in Physics, Math, Astronomy and Space Science. This program is a national qualifer for all three International events on astronomy astrophysics for pre-university nepalese students: International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO), Asian Pacific Astronomy Olympiad (APAO) and International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) that will be held during August-December every year.

Eligibility for Application: 
Student who meets the below criteria is eligible the National Astronomy Olympiad 2016- Nepal 
  • Must be Nepali Citizen
  • Must be born on or after January 1, 1997
  • Must not enroll at University level programs like B.Sc. 
Application Procedures:
  • Interested and eligible students can collect the application form at one of the following places paying NRs 100/-. 
Kathmandu Valley – Nepal Astronomical Society (01-4110344)
Biratnagar- Mr. Gopal Niraula (9842369861)
Birgunj- Mr. Milan Rai (9845409422)
Chitwan- Mr. HC Regan Babu Bhatta (9855062676)
Pokhara- Mr. Anand Gurung (9803189651)
  • Deposit the application fee: NRs 1,000/- at Megha Bank Nepal Ltd. (Click here to find a branch near your place). Bank Account details will be provided with the application form.
  • Visit our office our representative mentioned above and submit the application ( Complete application form, copy of SLC certificate or equivalent, Copy of Character Certificate and bank deposit voucher- while making deposit please make sure your write your complete name as same as in your certificates)
  • Attend the selection exam at nearest exam centers (Details on exam centers will be available at our and our facebook page:

National Delegation of maximum of five students and two team leaders will be facilitated to participate for upcoming 12th Asian Pacific Astronomy Olympiad (12th APAO) during September-December (host country not decided yet), 21st International Astronomy Olympia (21st IAO) during September-October (Bulgaria) and 10th International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (10th IOAA) during December 2016 (India). For more details, please contact us during our office hours.

You can download the NAO2016 Handbook for more information about the program, sample question paper, syllabus, etc.

What to know what do our previous winners say about the competiton? Here you go:

What to know our winners from NAO2014? Here you go:

Note: NAO2016 is open for both class 11 and 12 students! Mr. Bibek Kumar Pandit (St. Xavier's College, Maitighar), one of the winner of NAO2014 and Ms. Shilpa Bhandari (Pentagon International College) one of the winner of NAo2015 was class 11 students during the competition year!!! So, feel free to apply! You may be in the list of winners this years!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Solar Eclipse Observed from Nagarkot, Nepal!

Weather remained perfect for eclipse photography and public observation session though there were less number of people due to the warning of bad effect of watching solar eclipse by the astrologers in the country!!!
Photo 1: Event Banner for the Free Solar Eclipse Observation Program at Nagarkot Hill, Kahmandu, Nepal on March 9, 2016
Our team were working hard to make sure we observe the eclipse and create evidence for our observation: We had excellent public session with observers from different parts of  Nepal as well as abroad! Solar Eclipse glasses were provided for the visitors for safe observation and Personal Solar Telescope (PST) for telescopic observation.

Photo 2: Partial Phase of the Total Solar Eclipse as seen from Nagarkot Hill, Bhaktapur, Nepal on March 9, 2016

We used Canon 600 D for the photography session of the eclipse and several compact and mobile cameras to capture the moment of this wonderful time at the Hill of Nagarkot during 6:00 AM-8:00 AM.
Photo 3:Public Observation Session during the partial phase of Total Solar Eclipse at Nagarkot Hill, Bhaktapur, Nepal on March 9, 2016

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