Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Earth's Twin Planet Venus as seen from Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal on November 20, 2013!

Photo: Venus as seen from the Aryaghat, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu, Nepal on the evening of Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Aryaghat is regarded as the holiest place and hindus wish to get burned there with the beleif that they salvation.[The picture was taken by Samsung Galaxy Y Duos and processed with NDNoise4.0 and Photoshop for texting on the picture] 

Monday, April 1, 2013

NASO announces 'Meet the Cosmonaut' as a part of GAM2013 celebration in Nepal

This year the Global Astronomy Month Celebration in Nepal is going to mark a history!!! How would you feel if you were in front of someone who has been to space 5 times and you could ask all your queries to him face-to-face? Excited!! Then we have more for you now :-)

I'm pleased to inform you that Russian Cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov who had been to space for 5 times will be visiting Nepal this April 2013 for the third time!!!

On this occasion, Russian Center of Science and Culture, Kathmandu is organizing  a program on April 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM to  mark 'International Day of Cosmonautics' and '50th Anniversary of the first woman space mission by Valentina Tereshkova' where the participants of the program will have an opportunity to interact with him.  

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) in association with Russian Center for Science and Culture is providing a unique opportunity for 80 applicants to attend the program which will be an inauguration of photo exhibition, documentary show and the Talk by Cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov!!!  Please click  here to register for the event. 

Please note that the deadline for the application is April 9, 2013. So apply now!!!

Wish you all a happy Global Astronomy Month 2013!!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Had Wonderful Time with SGC2012, UN/IAF Workshop and IAC2012 at Naples, Italy, Septmember 27-October 5, 2012

Hello readers, 

I am back now from my 10 days trip to Italy and jet lagged from the trip. This was my first time to participate in the International Astronautical Congress ( IAC) which I could not attend last year! I was in Cape Town, South Africa, to attend Space Generation Congress in September 2011.

This year though I was not a delegate to Space Generation Congress ( SGC) I managed to attend the Gala Dinner which was organised on September 29, 2012 to meet some of my great friends who were not staying for the IAC next week!! For this I had to  miss another Gala Dinner organised by UN/IAF Workshop where I missed to interact with my new friends! It's always a matter of time and you don't get sweets in your both hand ;)

My participation to this great gathering was possible as I was invited by UNOOSA to attend UN/IAF Workshop 2012 during September 28-30, 2012. This workshop remained very fruitful to network with new people with our ideas and share our work as there were only~100 people from more than 50 countries. 

IAC was always a crowded place and more to get and more to lose!! Sometimes you will loose a lot of time to identify the session which you are interested in and sometimes you find that your sessions are overlapping!!!
Despite of busy schedule of these conference works, I managed to visit two exciting places in Naples: Pompei and Mt. Vesuvius which ruined the Pompei in 79 AD. 

Those 10 days I spend in Naples remained very fruitful  as I made many new friends and was succeeded to imprint our work to audience during my presentation! I am glad that some countries will follow our work module to implement their work in coming days!!

Wish you all a happy weather and clear skies!!!

Pura Vida :-)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Wish you all a happy Blue Moon August 2012

I would like to wish all my valued reader a Happy Blue Moon tonight.

A blue moon can refer to the third full moon in a season with four full moons. Most years have twelve full moons that occur approximately monthly. In addition to those twelve full lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains roughly eleven days more than the lunar year of 12 lunations. The extra days accumulate, so every two or three years (7 times in the 19-year Metonic cycle), there is an extra full moon. Lunisolar calendars have rules about when to insert such an intercalary or embolismic ("leap") month, and what name it is given; e.g. in the Hebrew calendarthe month Adar is duplicated. The term "blue moon" comes from folklore. Different traditions and conventions place the extra "blue" full moon at different times in the year. In the Hindu calendar, this extra month is called 'Adhik (extra) masa (month)'. It is also known as purushottam maas, so as to give it a devotional name.

Photo: Blue Moon as seen at 19:14 Hrs, August 31, 2012  from the Maitidevi , Kathmandu,Nepal . 

Wish you a happy Moon Observation tonight! Please share your picture of Blue Moon with us if you manage to click on it :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

AstroFest on ToV2012-Nepal, July 4-6,2012

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) in association with Nepal Academy of Science & Technology (NAST), Russian Center of Science & Culture ( RCSC), Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Group Nepal ( ACRG-Nepal) -Tribhuvan University ( TU) and ESPRO Foundation organized three days Astronomy Festival with different programs in Nepal during June 4-6 , 2012 to celebrate the last Transit of Venus of Twenty-first Century. The next Transit of Venus will occur after 105 years in December 2117. To provide more opportunity for Nepalese to witness this rare celestial event in different regions of Nepal, NASO extended its supports to Pokhara Astronomical Society (PAS) in Kaski, Damak Astronomy Club in Jhapa and Nepal Astronomy and Space Science Association (NASSA) in Chitwan.

GTTP Session:
A half day workshop was organized on June 4, 2012 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm as a special session on Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP)-Nepal. This special session of AstroFest on ToV2012-Nepal was organized in order to increase the opportunity to witness ToV2012 in Nepal. During the session, hands-on activities on safe solar viewing techniques were provided to the students from 7 selected schools.

Public Talk Sessions:
On Monday, June 4 and 5, public talks on ToV were organized at Russian Center of Science and Culture, Kamaladi, Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu by Associate Prof. Dr. Binil Aryal, Chair-ACRG-Nepal and by Associate Prof. Dr. Raju Khanal, Central Department of Phycics, Tribhuvan University (TU) at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Khumaltar, Lalitpur respectively.

Special Screening of “Acquainted With the Night”:
A special screening of 79 minute long Gemini Award Winning documentary “Acquinted With the Nights” held on June 4 and 5 at RCSC from 4:30 pm for the first time in Nepal with the special permission to NASO from the Michael Macnamara, Director of the documentary. “Acquainted With The Night” is a feature documentary that traces a journey through a night from sunset to sunrise. The clock dictates the stories as they change, hour by hour, from 6pm to 6am. Some stories are joined in progress; others begin in one hour, and resolve in another.

Observation Programs:
An observation program was scheduled and co-ordinated at different places of Kathmandu Valley as well as at Damak, Chitwan and Pokhara to have better opportunities for public and students to observe this rare celestial event from their nearest places.More than 5, 000 people witnessed this unique and rare celestial event in Nepal with NASO.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

B.A.G. Brothers Donates Scientific Instruments to Central H.S. School for The Deaf, Kathmandu!

On Wednesday, July 4, 2012, I had an opportunity to interact with the students of Central Higher Secondary School for The Deaf, Naxal, Kathmandu,Nepal. This opportunity was provided by B.A.G. Brothers Handicraft Center, Kathmandu, Nepal. The Center had planned to donate the scientific equipments it has been producing and marketing in Nepal since 2009. The Center donated scientific equipments of worth ~50,000 NRs to the school during the donation program.

Mr. Bijay Shahi donating the equipment to Mr. Narayan Bhakta Shrestha, Principal of the school.  

Mr. Bijay Shahi, who makes the astronomical modules, demonstrated the instruments to the students. During the program, Mr. Shahi explained that they planned to donate those sets to at least one school per year to motivate students to do science with our own materials. He also expressed that the center will gradually make its product more scientific with its accuracy with the support of Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) and Nepal Academy of Science and technology (NAST). During the program, Mr. Ravi Raj Shahi, Director of NAMSS, stressed the importance of science education for development in Nepal.

Participants of the program posing for the group photo with donated instruments. 

Mr. Upendra Parajuli, science teacher, converting the speecch of Bijay to sign language to the students.
I was overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of the students towards science and disappointed with the lack of proper facility to them. The program was conducted on Library where I hardy found few hundred books. Mr. Nayaran Bakta Shrestha, Principal of the school highlighted that the school has been providing free education to deaf students since its establishment in Nepal (More information about the school on official site of school: NASO will soon do some programs on astronomy and space science in this school.

With my observation of the school and the enthusiasm of the students, it would be great if we could start some projects which will help them to get books for their library and well equipped science lab so that you will have equal access to science education in Nepal. The School currently offers 10+2 in management and Humanities and is planning for B.Ed programs from this year as a university program.

Let’s work to support these students with our supportive hands!