Saturday, March 31, 2018

NAO2018 First Round Result Published Today!

We are pleased to announce the result of the first stage/round of our 5th National Astronomy Olympiad 2018 which was held on Saturday, February 17, 2018! Total of thirty-three students who scored 50/100 have been selected for the second round. The details of the second round will be available to all the selected students soon.

***Click here for the press release on the result***


We would like to thank all our team members who worked hard to make it happen again. Without their support and guidance from our seniors, the event was not possible! We look forward to host this competition in Province 2, 6 and 7 in 2019 as possible! (If you are from these province and would like to join our team, please feel free to contact us with your credentials).

The performance of the students during the first round is really impressive and we beleive they will continue this spirit during the whole competition! 

The second round will select twenty students out of these thirty-three students for the final round i.e. close camp. The final round selects the top five students of the year around June/July.

Congratulations to all the selected students and best wishes for the upcoming second round (pre-close camp)!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy International Women's Day 2018!

International Women's Day has surely made the world to realise the importance of women participation in different decision making level as well as research activities! One of the most interesting discussion these days is how we can involve women in the interplanetary exploration such as Mars Missions as the biology of men and women are completely different!

If you look at the women's participation in education and research (which is very rare activity for anyone working in Nepal with full of challenge!), you find many women persuing their higher studies in medical sector such as botany or zoology, etc. But there are only few people who took challenge to study physics and finish their PhDs. Prof. Dr. Nilam Shrestha Pradhan is one of three three female PhD in Physics currently working in Nepal and holds strong vision to expand the horizon of women in physics in coming days!


Women in Astronomy Nepal (WIAN), an initiative that Ms. Manisha Dwa started at NASO, is currently helping the team of female physicists in Nepal in preparation of the hosting of a regional level meeting around March/April 2019! For more details about WIAN and its activities, visit www.womeninastronomy.org .

Interested to be part of the meeting and new initiative of Women in Physics Nepal? Feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Nilam Shrestha Pradhan, Professor & Head at Department of Physics at Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, Ghantaghar, Kathmandu.

Lets press for progress, lets empower and encouarge women and support them for their higher studies in physics/astrophysics/astronomy/space!

Wish you all a very happy International Women's Day 2018!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Workshop in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research on February 27, 2018!

As a part of our new initiative 'Developing Astronomical Skills in Nepal' approved and partially supported by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), we in association with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) are hosting a one day 'Workshop in Astronomy and Astrophysics Research' for 3rd Year students (preferably taking space science and interested to do projects in space science and astronomy/astrophysics in 4th Year) and B.Sc. 4th year students (preferably doing projects in astronomy/astrophysics or space science) of 4-Year B.Sc. program of Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University and other universities of our Nation.



Interested students are requested to complete their registrations by no later than Friday, February 23, 2018! The travel grant decision will be available by Sunday, February 25, 2018. 


Registration fee is NRs. 100/- only. For registration, call Suresh Bhattarai at 9818734326. You can either pay the registration fee to of your faculty who shared this info to you or pay directly to us via Esewa (ID:9818734326) fund transfer with remarks: workshop registration fee!

Note: Limited partial/full travel grant is available for deserving students. Women are especially encouraged to apply!

The workshop will select 15 students who will be invited for a week long summer school in May-June 2018 to be held in Kathmandu (proposed).


For any queries, please feel free to call/text us at 01-4110344 / 9818734326 or email us at contact@nepalastronomicalsociety.org .

Monday, February 12, 2018

5th National Astronomy Olympiad is accepting application till February 15, 2018!

One of the most exciting national science olympiads in Nepal will closes registration from the eligible students on February 15, 2018!

Interested and eligible student can download the application from via www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad
  • Regular Registration fee: 1,000/-
  • Regular Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Late Registration fee: 1,100/- 
  • Extended Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018

The pre-selection (first round) of the most awaited 5th National Astronomy Olympiad 2018 will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at six different cities of Nepal! Dhangadi being the new addition to the list will provide an opportunity for the students in province 6 & 7 to join the competition.

Students from province one can appear for the examination in Biratnagar. We are hosting the exam in province 1 since 2014!



How to apply at NAO2018?
  • Download Application Form and Handbook from www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad
  • Go through the handbook to know details of the program, model questions, syllabus, schedule, etc and most importantly contact details of our focal point in your region.
  • Prepare your application carefully (DO NOT LEAVE THE MOTIVATION SECTION EMPTY).
  • Visit one of the branches of Megha Bank Ltd. nearby you to deposit the application fee.
  • Submit your complete application documents (application form, application fee payment bank deposit slip, copies of SEE marksheet and charecter certificate)

Want to know more? Watch our promotional video below or download NAO2018 Handbook from www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad now!



What's new? Now you can collect your NAO2018 T-shirt with your registration fee! If you have already submitted the application but have not collected the T-shirt, contact our application center where you submitted your application. 

How to collect the T-shirt?
  • Submit your application and tell our collection center your size: L or XL. You can receive your T-shirt on the same day or within a week depending on the collector center and availability of your data to our office in Kathmandu. 

Hurry up and submit your application today!

For more information: www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad


Sunday, February 11, 2018

2nd NASO Women In Science Award 2018!

On the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2018, we are pleased to announce 2nd NASO Women In Science Award 2018! The award will be distributed into two categories: student and professional on April 12, 2018 during a main function of our week long celebration of 'International Day of Human Space Flight 2018' to encourage and acknowledge the engagement and works of women in science in Nepal.
***Application deadline: March 8, 2018***
The award will be distributed into two categories: student & professional and includes the cash prize (Professsional: NRs 25,000/- and Student: NRs 15,000/-), trophy and certificate for both categories.

***Application deadline: March 8, 2018***

Click here to hear what Manisha Dwa, coordinator at Women in Astronomy Nepal (WIAN) shared about our program during United Nations/United Arab Emirates-High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development, Dubai, UAE, November 6-9, 2017. 

If you are a student or professional working on science and woman, we strongly encourage you to apply for this award.

***Application deadline: March 8, 2018***

The basic idea behind the creation of this award is to identify and acknowledge the contribution that Nepalese women are doing in STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics). We started Women in Astronomy Nepal (WIAN) on November 1, 2015 at NASO in order to create a unique platform for all the women. We believe, this award will add more enthusiam and encouragement among the women who are working in STEM.

***Application deadline: March 8, 2018***

Wish you all a very happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2018! Lets make better world empowering them to STEM!

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

Monday, January 8, 2018

Get Ready for the 5th National Astronomy Olympiad on February 17, 2018!

Following the great success of our previous versions of the olympiad in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; the application for the 5th National Astronomy Olympiad was opened on December 10, 2017! This year, we will have exam centers at Biratagar, Chitwan, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Butwal and Dhangadi. We are adding one major cities each year so that students have better access to this program in Nepal.

***NAO2018 Application Form and Handbook from our website: www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad ***

How to apply at NAO2018?
  • Download Application Form and Handbook from www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad
  • Go through the handbook to know details of the program, model questions, syllabus, schedule, etc and most importantly contact details of our focal point in your region.
  • Prepare your application (DO NOT LEAVE THE MOTIVATION SECTION EMPTY) carefully.
  • Visit one of the branches of Megha Bank Ltd. nearby you to deposit the application fee.
  • Submit your complete application documents (application form, application fee payment bank deposit slip, copies of SEE marksheet and charecter certificate)



 Currently Nepal has three National Science Olympiads: Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics that go to International Olympiads. You can get registration details about Physics and Mathematics Olympiads on their respective websites.

National Astronomy Olympiad started in 2014 and growing slowly providing a better opportunity to the participants to learn from each others during its closed camp sessions.

In December, orientation programs on astronomy olympiad program were held in Chitwan and Pokhara providing interested students to know more about the program in person.


Photo 1: Orientation program held on December 30, 2017 at Panaroma Institute, Hakimchowk, Baratpur, Chitwan

Photo 2: Orientation program held on December 31, 2017 at Quantum Leap, Mahendrapool, Pokhara, Kaski.

Students can visit any of the application centers listed in NAO2018 Handbook to get more information about the program.

***NAO2018 Application Form and Handbook from our website: www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/olympiad ***

As a student need to deposit the application fee at Bank and include slip in the application, we strongly encourage interested students to complete their application before the deadline! 

Photo 3: NAO2018 T-shirt to each registered participants from Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO).
How to collect the T-shirt?
  • Submit your application and tell our collection center your size: L or XL. You can receive your T-shirt on the same day or within a week depending on the collector center and availability of your data to our office in Kathmandu.