Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Project Terranaut is Live for Nepal now!

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) in association with Terraztra Space Exploration is pleased to announce Project Terranaut, a global outreach initiative providing an opportunity to 14 people to train like a Yuri Gagarin in Russia and one of the best performer to go to Edge of the Space for free, in Nepal! The pre-registration is now available at www.terraztra.space and will remain open till July 31, 2017 and free to all Nepalese.  

We signed an MoU with Terraztra Space Exploration to select top three scorers from Nepal to be trained like a cosmonaut in Russia during FIFA World Cup 2018. The training program will be of 10-25 days. Details will be available after the final selection.

How to participate in the program?
·         Pre-register at www.terraztra.space by july 31, 2017
·         Download Mobile App that wil be released on October 4, 2017 and participate in the different contest available!
·         Top three scorers will be selected to participate in the astronaut training in Russia during FIFA World Cup 2018

Who are eligible?
·         Anyone who are between 18-65 years of age
·         Must be a Nepali citizen

Among the fourteen selected participants, one will be choosen to fly to the 'Edge of Space'.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Today, we had an opportunity to attend an information session about the 'XIX World Festival of Youth and Students2017' which will be held in Sochi, Russia during October 14-22, 2017. The organizers are expecting  to bring more than 20,000 of young people from 150 countries around the world making it the  largest event in the field of international youth cooperation. The National Preparatory Committee- Nepal members shared that they are planning to take 250 youths while Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal will have 30 members national delegation under the leadership of Minister of Youth and sports to the festival this year.

Photo: Group photo with the Government and RCSC officials after the meeting [From left: Ms. Manisha Dwa, project coordinator at NASO, Mr. Anton Maslov, deputy director at RCSC-Kathmandu, Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, chairman-NASO, Mr. Stanislav Simakov, director at RCSC-Kathmandu and Mr. Mahendra Paudel, under-secretary at Ministry of Youth & Sports, Government of Nepal]
Russian Center of Science and Culture- Kathmandu (RCSC-Kathmandu) organised the information session in order to spread the information regarding the festival among more nepalese youths. Repreentatives from the National Preparatry Committee-Nepal and Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of Nepal answered questions from the audience related to the festival. They shared that the registration was opened in September 2016, and representatives of more than 120 countries have already registered for the event!

The deadline for the registration is 10th June 2017
Click here to register now!

RCSC-Kathmandu highlighted that Russia has always payed great attention to the creation of conditions for the development of the young generation and supports youth and student movements. And this festival will create a new history for such achievement. In the entire history of the festival, the country already opened the doors twice to its participants - in 1957 and 1985. 

World Youth Festival will unite the community of young leaders in various fields - representatives of NGOs, youth, who achieved success in science, art, sports, pedagogy, IT, politics, and best representatives of the student community, compatriots and foreigners who are interested in Russian culture. Cultural dialog, economics, globalization, politics, and international security, are among the themes of the festival. 

Who can apply for the festival?
Anyone who have the see him/herself fits with the below criteria are eligible to apply for the festival.
  • Have an active life position 
  • Are from 18 to 35 years 
  • Have your own favorite practice 
  • Respect the interest of your country 
  • Consider yourself as the part of the global community 
And belong to the one of the categories: 
  • Leaders of the youth NGOs 
  • Young journalists 
  • Creative, artistic young people (musicians, writers, artists, directors, etc.) 
  • Leaders of sports club 
  • Young engineers 
  • Leaders of youth organization of political parties 
  • Young university teachers 
  • Leaders of student government 
  • Young scientists ( social, humanitarian, economic, natural and technical sciences) 
  • Young entrepreneurs 
  • Compatriots 
  • Young foreigners who study Russian language and are interested in Russian culture 

How to apply from Nepal?
  • Click here to fill up the application for participation (*Please fill in all the fields correctly!
  • After the registration, send your Full Name, Date of Birth/Age, Hobby and Professional Interests:Culture & History/Ecomony/Politics/International Security/ealth: addressing HIV/AIDS, Maleria/ Sports/Education Science/ IT/ Art Creativity/Journalism, Media to ruscult@subisu.net.np
  • Your application will be sent to National Preparatory Committee of Nepal
  • You will be invited to participate according to the results of the selection of the applications
Why you should participate?

You  should participate to experience: 
  • Visa-free entry
  • Meals, hotel accommodations, access to all educational, cultural and sports fields at  the expense of the host country
  • A unique educational and discussion program with the participation of the world-class professionals 
  • Real applied skills in master classes and creative workshops 
  • Complexity of Russian culture: ballet, ice show, film festival, jazz festival, circus program 
  • Life-style program: street dances, healthy lifestyle, jogging, hitting a qualifying standards of the "Ready to Work and Defense", extreme park, musical subcultures 
  • Acquaintance with like-minded people and colleagues from 150 countries 
  • Participation in a grand international youth event
Expenses you need to bear on your own:
  • Round-trip airfare from Nepal to Russia
  • Travel Insurance and other personal expenses

The deadline for the registration is 10th June 2017
Click here to register now!

For more information about the festival, please feel free to visit the official webiste of the festival: 

Please note that neither NASO or RCSC-Kathmandu are involved in the selection process. Registration will be taken via official website only and the selection will be done by the organising committee of the festival only.

Excited to be a part of it? Apply today!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Global Call for Support: Fund-Raising Campaign to Support Capacity Building for a Public school in Parbat!

We would like to draw your attention to support our fund-raising campaign for Bhawani Vidyapeeth Secondary School, Phalebas in Parbat district as possible. 

As we understand that when you invest money, you are always want to make sure that your money has reached to the right place for right cause, your contribution will be listed in the official website of the school. 

While the school management is struggling to manage the fund for the upgrade the education system at the school, we decided to help them reaching out to you with this a crowd-funding campaign. 

Your small support can bring big change to the educational opportunity of the kids in this village. click here to donate!

We first came in contact with this school in 2010 for the first time with the proposal of our outreach program at the school. After our meeting with Mr. Bhola Nath Sharma, social activist and chairman of School Management Committee (SMC) we decided to conduct an outreach activity at the school on November 13, 2010. After that we had several visits to the schools, donated one galileoscope (Dec 6, 2012) to encoourage secondary level students for astronomy and invited secondary level teacher/s to our Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) in 2012 (Kathmandu), 2013 (Pokhara) and 2015 (Pokhara).

While visiting the school, we have realised that the primary section of the school needs a real boost and guidance. After several meetings with Bhola Nath Sharma in Kathmandu, we decided to support the fund raising for capacity building to build strong pre-primary and primary wings at the school as one of our education programs and Universe Awareness (UNAWE) activities in Nepal.

The fund raised will directly goes to the bank account of the school and will support capacity building program for three years.

Your small support can bring big change to the educational opportunity of the kids in this village. click here to donate!

Thank you very much for your generous support!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Winners of 'Student Drawing Workshop on Lunar Exploration 2016' Will Be Awarded on April 12, 2017!

In February, 2016, we organised student drawing workshop on lunar exploration where students expressed their ideas on their perception of lunar exploration! Among all the participants four students were identifed as the winners and scheduled to be awarded during April 2016 as a part of our celebration of International Day of Cosmonautics and Aviation at Russian Center of Science and Culture (RCSC)-Kathmandu.

This month, those students who did their best performance during the workshop will be awarded on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at a special ceremony at RCSC-Kathmandu as a part of our celebration of International Day of Human Space Flight 2017 in Nepal.

Want to know the winners and their drawings? Here you go:
First Position: Aayushi Sapkota (10), class 4, Ankur Vidhyashram, Bijay Chowk, Gausala, Kathmandu

Second Position: Rabgyen Sonam Moktan (10), class 4, The Insight Vision Higher Scondary School, Sukedhara, Kathmandu.

Third Position: Rajaram Khatiwada (12), class 4, The Celebration Co-Ed School, Jorpati, Kathmandu

Forth Position: Susan Magar (12), class 4, Ankur Vidhyashram, Bijay Chowk, Gausala, Kathmandu

Selected students will be awarded certificates and medals on April 12, 2017 at RCSC, Kathmandu during a special program to celebrate International Day of Human Space Flight 2017.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

First Selection Round Result of 4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017 is now available!

We are pleased to announce the result of the first selection round exam of 4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017 which was held on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The selection exams were held at Itahari, Chitwan, Kathmandu, Pokhara and Butwal (new exam center).

Here is the press released issued today on the result. For more details, please feel free to visit www.nationalolympiad.org

Below is the list of selected students who will now go through pre-closed camp via online. During the pre-closed camp (second round), students will provided at least three assigments via online and the 20 best performers will be selected for the closed camp.

During the closed camp, students will be trainned on different aspects of astrophysics and tested. Among 20 stduents, top five will be announced as the winners of NASO2017 with highest scorer as an absolute winner of the year.

We would like to congratulate all the selected students for the second round and look forward to their best performaces!

If you have any queries related to our astronomy olympiad program, please feel free to visit www.nationalolympiad.org or call us at +977-1-4110344 (office).

Thank you!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Six Asteroids Identified during first 'All-Nepal Asteroid Search Campiagn 2017'

All-Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign 2017 held during January 19 till February 18, 2017 has become one of the most successful asteroid search program in Nepal since 2012; as six asteroids have been indentified by the participants.
During the campaign, five teams were provided with necessary software, guidelines and 180 image sets taken by The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (PanSTARRS). In the campaign, participating teams analysed nearly 108,000 moving objects! Pan-STARRS currently consists of two 1.8 meter Ritchey–Chr├ętien telescopes located at Haleakala in Hawaii, USA.
There were four teams from Kathmandu Valley and one team from Pokhara during this campaign. They comprised of students from high school to university level  as well as faculties who received hands-on experience on astronomical research for the first time!

All-Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign is our collaborative program with International Astronomical Search Campaign (IASC), USA in order to provide our students an access to the world-class data and provide an opportunity to get engaged in research activities. While global education system is moving ahead with research based practices, this program aims to encourage our students in research activities since school level in Nepal.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Registration Open for "4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017"!

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) is pleased to announce application open for the 4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017 (NAO2017) today! Students can submit their application till Wednesday, March 22, 2017! Please feel free to visit www.nationalolympiad.org for all the details.

NAO2017 will be held in Nepal during March-June, 2017. Students can visit our office in Kathmandu or meet our representatives (nearest) to submit their application forms.

Please note that the entrance exam will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 during during 12:00 PM- 2:00PM.

Please click here to download Handbook of 4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017 (NAO2017). Application form is available here.

Students who are currently studying upto grade XII or recently graduated but has not joined any university program is eligible to apply. S/he must be less than 20 years on 30th June, 2017!

NAO2017 Logo desined by Mr. Samrat Rai, permanent resident of Sunsari, Nepal.

Where to apply?
Application form is available here: www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad. We strongly encouage you to read the NAO2017:Handbook carefully while preparing your application and for the entrance exam.

You can submit the dully fill in and submit it to one of our collection centers as listed below:

How to apply for NAO2017?
  • Collect Application Form from one of the places mentioned above or download from nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad
  • Deposit the application fee: NRs 1,000/- at our bank account. Below are the details of our bank account: 
Mega Bank Nepal Limited
A/C Name  : Nepal Astronomical Society   
A/C No.       : 001 001 027 9643 NPR

(while making deposit, please make sure you write your full name instead of your signature)
  • Submit the duly filled application form, photocopies of SLC marksheet & character certificate and deposit slip at one of the centers
  • Attend entrance exam. Details of the exam centers will be available prior to the selection exam.
Looking forward to welcome you one of the most awaited olympiad in the nation! 

Apply today! If you don't try, you will never know your potential. If you apply, you will get to realise who you are! 

For any queries, feel free to write us at our facebook page: www.fb.com/NepalAstronomicalSociety

We wish you all the best for your success! 

Winners of 4th NASO National Astronomy Olympiad Logo Competition 2017 announced today!

Nepal Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the winners of 4th NASO National Astronomy Olympiad Logo Competition 2017 which was held during December 29, 2016 till January 31, 2017. The winners will be provided cash prizes: NRs 5,000/-, NRs 1,000/- and NRs 500/- and Certificates during one of the ceremonies in Kathmandu in 2017.

We would like to congratulate Mr. Samrat Rai from Sunsari, Mr. Rahul Shrestha from Kathmandu and Mr. Parakhee Maila Tamang fromSindhuli for bagging first, second and third prize with their best creations respectively.

An evaluation committe was formed to evaluate all the logos received during the competition this year. Members of the evaluation committee were Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, Chairman- NASO, Ms. Manisha Dwa, Project Coordinator -NASO, Mr. Laxman Dangol, Magaging Director at RevoScience Monthly Magazine and Mr. Jaydev Koirala, Senior Designer.

Photo 1:The first prize winning logo designed by Samrat Rai. 
Here is how Mr. Samrat Rai,first prize winner reacted upon hearing the selection:
Thank you for choosing my design as the winner of the 4th NASO National Astronomy Olympiad Logo Competition 2017. I'm very happy and I feel privileged that my design will be the official logo for your event. I'm thankful to NASO for organizing this competition and allowing designers like me to showcase their skills. I'm also very grateful to my friends who encouraged me to take part in this competition. Lastly, I feel honored to be a small part of the NASO family. Thank you. Peace!!"
Photo 2:The second prize winning logo designed by Rahul Shrestha. 

Here is how Mr. Rahul Shrestha,second prize winner reacted upon hearing the selection:
"It is always a pleasure to have your work appreciated. To be the second prize winner I feel nothing less than honored; this announcement adds greatly to my exuberance. I heartily thank and admire Nepal Astronomical society for providing such opportunity."

Photo 3:The third prize winning logo designed by Parakhee Maila Shrestha.
The first prize logo will be used as an official logo for 4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017– Nepal! National Astronomy Olympiad started in Nepal since 2014. 

Students who Student who is currently studying at high school (upto class 12) or high school graduate who has not joined university program is eligible to apply for 4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017 .Also s/he must be less than twenty years on 30th June of this year.

Interested to know more about astronomy olympiad, feel free to explore: www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1st NASO Women In Science Award 2017!

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) is pleased to announce 1st NASO Women In Science Award 2017 in Nepal. The award will be distributed into two categories: student and professional on March 8, 2017 to encourage and acknowledge the engagement and works of women in science in Nepal.

***Application deadline: March 1, 2017***

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) last year within NASO in order to create a unique platform for all the women working in science. We believe, this award will add more enthusiam and encouragement among the women who are working in science.

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Solar Outreach with Uniglobe HSS at Godawari!

Today, we had solar observation for ~500 high school students from Uniglobe Higher Secondary School at Godawari as a part of their field trip. During the program, students were provided an opportunity to observe the sun through Personal Solar Telescope and 8 inch SkyWatcher Dobsonian telescope. Students will now prepare their reports on the sun and submit as a partial fullfillment of their internal evaluation.

Photo 1: Mr. Surya Gyawali, NAO2015 delegate and NASO Club member setting up the PST for solar observation.

Photo 2: Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, explaining about the sun and its features to the participants

During the program, Ms. Manisha Dwa, project coordinator explained our activities and how students can get involve while Denisha Sapkota and Surya Gyawali handled the solar observation with PST.

Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, our executive chairman, conducted the solar observation with 8 inch SkyWatcher Dobsonian for the participants. He also explained different features of the sun to the participants.

The observation opportunity was the first for all the students with such arrangement! 

Interested to host such program for your students? Please feel free to contact our office!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

MechTRIX7.0: 7th National Mechanical Engineering Exhibition 2017 held at IOE, Pulchowk!

MechTRIX7.0: The 7th National Mechanical Engineering Exhibition was held at Pulchowk Engineering Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University during Febuary 3-5, 2017! This year the exhibition theme was 'Innovation for Sustaibility'. Society of Mechanical Engineering Students (SOMES) was formed in 2007 at Department of Mechanical Engineering at Pulchowk Engineering Campus started this national exhibition in order to provide a national platform for the students and exxhbitors to share their innovation.

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) was one of the supporting organisations of the exhibition including Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN), Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA), Alternetive Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) and others.

We also has a stall to provide latest information about our programs during the exhibition. More than 2,000 visitors stopped by our stall and enjoyed solar observation as well as information sessions on our various programs at 7th National Mechanical Engineering Exhibition, February 3-5, 2017!

We would like to thank Sushant TnahsusSurya GyawaliDenisha SapkotaShruti BhattaraiPoudel AashishBijaya LuitelPrabin Shrestha and Suman Kc for their active participations at our stall conducting observation program and information session during the exhibition!

If you would like to have our stall at your exhibition, please feel free to contact our office!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Pre-registration opens for 4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017!

With the success of three National Astroonomy Olympiad in Nepal, we are please to announce the call for pre-registration to upcoming 4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017! Click here for the pre-registration form!


What is National Astronomy Olympiad?
The National Astronomy Olympiad Program is a national educational program designed by Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) and ESPRO Foundation to encourage Nepalese students who pursue further studies in Physics, Maths, Astronomy & Space Science.

Who can participate in this olympiad?
Nepali students who is less than twenty years on June 30th of the year of the competition and have not enrolled at any university level program are eligible for the program.

There will be several screening before we announce top five ounstanding students of the year. Top five outstanding students will get an opportunity to attend International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics of the year.

For more details about this program, feel free to visit: www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad

NASO-Cassini Scientist For a Day Contest 2017!

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students from class 5-12 to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by the Cassini spacecraft and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in essay.

The topics for the contest


How to participate in this contest from Nepal?
  • Learn about Saturn, its fascinating rings and two of its most intriguing moons. Once your research is complete, choose one of the three targets and defend your choice in an essay of up to 500 words. Your decision should be based on which target you think would provide the most interesting scientific results. Just like real scientists do, explain what you hope to learn from the image you have selected.
  • Send your work to cassini@nepalastronomicalsociety.org by no later than February 24, 2017.

What are the rules of the contest?
  • This opportunity is open to all students in Nepal who are in grades 5 to 12.
  • Students can work alone or in teams of up to four students.
  • All submissions must be students' original work. Entries containing plagiarized material will be disqualified.
  • Essays that are longer than 500 words will be disqualified.
  • Use only plain text (no images or attachments). Attachments will not be accepted.
  • Communication skills are an important part of being a scientist. Spelling and grammar will be considered in addition to the ideas expressed in the essay.
  • Essay writers will be divided into three groups: grades 5 to 6, grades 7 to 8 and grades 9 to 12.
  • The names and contact information will not be included in the word count for the 500-word essay.
NOTE: There will be a winner for each target in each grade group. Write an essay (500 words maximum) explaining which one of the three imaging targets you think is most interesting, and explain why. If Cassini could only take one of these three images, which one would you choose?

To enter the contest
  • By participating, students agree to assign copyright to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) so that JPL and NASA can post the essays, as excerpts or in their entirety, on NASA web sites, along with the authors' name, grade, school, city, and state.
  • Entries must be submitted by teachers. Entries can be submitted either in Nepali or English.
Teachers please include
  • Your name, email address, telephone number including area code, and the name and address of the school, so that we may contact you.
  • The name(s) and grade(s) of all students who contributed to each essay (a maximum of four per essay).
  • You are welcome (and encouraged) to use this contest as a class assignment. However, you can ONLY submit the top three essays from each of your classes for us to judge.
  • Only the top three essays from each class will be included in the judging. After submitting your top three essays per class, please send an email to cassini@nepalastronomicalsociety.org with the list of names of other students from your class(es) who wrote essays so we can make certificates of participation for them. If you teach more than one class, you may submit up to three top essays per class.
  • Once winners are selected, winners' teachers will be contacted and asked to provide a photograph of the student(s) to post on our website along with the winning essays. Parents/guardians must submit written authorization to let us post the photos online.
What happens next
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • The winning schools, and as many other schools as possible, will be invited to participate in a teleconference or videoconference with Cassini scientists.