Impact of Astronomical Outreach in Nepalese Society  By: Riwaj Pokhrel Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) Kathmandu, Nepal ...
Outline: <ul><li>Astronomy Education status in Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Working groups </li></ul><ul><li>NASO actively work...
Astronomy Education status in Nepal <ul><li>Planetarium and observatory </li></ul><ul><li>Government of Nepal has establis...
Astronomy Education status in Nepal <ul><li>Tribhuvan University is only one university which offers Astrophysics and cosm...
Astronomy Education status in Nepal <ul><li>By 2009 32 students have completed their Masters thesis in A&A. In addition, t...
Astronomy Education status in Nepal <ul><li>Environment and Science in primary Education which covers 10% of the total cou...
<ul><li>Astronomical Communities: </li></ul><ul><li>Nepal Astronomical Society  </li></ul><ul><li>(NASO) </li></ul><ul><li...
NASO actively working for popularizing science <ul><li>NASO has five telescopes and binoculars and it organizes  star part...
NASO actively working for popularizing science <ul><li>NASO actively participate in global events, for eg. IYA2009 </li></...
<ul><li>Programme: Star party  </li></ul><ul><li>Date:4 January,2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Kaushal English Boarding Sch...
<ul><li>Programme: Comet Lulin Observation Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Date: 24 February, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Nep...
Celebration of IYA2009: NASO actively working for popularizing science <ul><li>Programme: 100 Hours of Astronomy </li></ul...
<ul><ul><ul><li>Programme: Solar Observation Campaign </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Date: June 14, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Ve...
Celebration of IYA2009: <ul><li>Programme: Star Peace Event  </li></ul><ul><li>Date: Sept 21, 2009  </li></ul><ul><li>Venu...
Celebration of IYA2009: <ul><li>Programme: Workshop on Astrophotography and Image Processing  </li></ul><ul><li>Date: Nov ...
Celebration of IYA2009: <ul><li>Programme:  Geminid Meteor shower in Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Date: Dec 14, 2009 </li></ul>...
<ul><li>Beyond 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Talk programme on Annular solar eclipse at NAST, Jan 14, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Sola...
 
NASO actively working for popularizing science
Impact of NASO activities: <ul><li>We tried to  develop the scientific temper, humanism and spirit of inquiry and reform  ...
<ul><li>NASO is  popularizing all the science activities  and hence developing technologically civilized scientific societ...
RESULTS OF THE ACTIVITIES: Awareness of astronomical facts like meteor showers, eclipse etc. Observational Activities is i...
Glimpses of NASO activities <ul><li>Programme at Dhangadi, far west region of Nepal, October 2009 </li></ul>
 
<ul><li>Grand outreach in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, November 19, 2009 </li></ul>Glimpses of NASO activities Astrophotograph...
<ul><li>NASO team with different international groups </li></ul>Glimpses of NASO activities
<ul><li>Programme at different places </li></ul>Glimpses of NASO activities
<ul><li>Riwaj Pokhrel </li></ul><ul><li>Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) </li></ul><ul><li>Po.Box 21229 </li></ul><ul><li...
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Astronomy in Nepal

  1. 1. Impact of Astronomical Outreach in Nepalese Society By: Riwaj Pokhrel Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) Kathmandu, Nepal Presented at: CAP2010, Cape Town, South Africa
  2. 2. Outline: <ul><li>Astronomy Education status in Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Working groups </li></ul><ul><li>NASO actively working for popularizing science </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of NASO outreach activities </li></ul>
  3. 3. Astronomy Education status in Nepal <ul><li>Planetarium and observatory </li></ul><ul><li>Government of Nepal has established B.P. Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory and Science Museum Development Board in 1992 in order to establish Planetaria, Observatories and Science Museums in Nepal & conduct research activities in the area of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology. </li></ul><ul><li>The observatory is now ready but the planetarium and Science Museum are still under construction. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Astronomy Education status in Nepal <ul><li>Tribhuvan University is only one university which offers Astrophysics and cosmology course in Master’s level. </li></ul><ul><li>The research work in Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) has been started since June 2005. Mr. Sunil Mani Kandel is the first student who completed masters thesis in the field of A&A at the Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University. </li></ul>University Education
  5. 5. Astronomy Education status in Nepal <ul><li>By 2009 32 students have completed their Masters thesis in A&A. In addition, three students completed their research work as independent contribution. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently, in this session (2009-2010), six students are doing research work for their masters' thesis. </li></ul><ul><li>You can find all the updates on http://astronepal.webs.com </li></ul>University Education
  6. 6. Astronomy Education status in Nepal <ul><li>Environment and Science in primary Education which covers 10% of the total course </li></ul><ul><li>Astronomy is included in Science lower Secondary and Astronomy is included in Secondary Level which contains 10% of the total course </li></ul><ul><li>In Higher Secondary Level 5% of the total course is covered by astronomy </li></ul>School Education
  7. 7. <ul><li>Astronomical Communities: </li></ul><ul><li>Nepal Astronomical Society </li></ul><ul><li>(NASO) </li></ul><ul><li>Galileo Astronomical Society of </li></ul><ul><li>Pokhara Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Kosmandu Astronomy Club,kathmandu </li></ul><ul><li>Balmiki Campus,Kathmandu </li></ul><ul><li>Takshashila Academy,Kathmandu </li></ul><ul><li>AIM Astro Club,Kathmandu </li></ul>Amateur working groups
  8. 8. NASO actively working for popularizing science <ul><li>NASO has five telescopes and binoculars and it organizes star parties in different places. </li></ul><ul><li>NASO conducts talk programmes, workshops and seminars . </li></ul><ul><li>NASO gives press releases on different astronomical events. </li></ul><ul><li>NASO gives lectures on different topics of astronomy for school children collaborating with schools. </li></ul>
  9. 9. NASO actively working for popularizing science <ul><li>NASO actively participate in global events, for eg. IYA2009 </li></ul><ul><li>NASO has been organizing star parties all over the country. </li></ul><ul><li>NASO is launching its website on mid April during Nepali New year. </li></ul><ul><li>NASO is planning to organize many other activities in collaboration with other NGO’s and INGO’s. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Programme: Star party </li></ul><ul><li>Date:4 January,2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Kaushal English Boarding School, Balaju, Kathmandu </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Participants: 100+ </li></ul><ul><li>Remarks: Venus, Jupiter and The Moon were observed during the time. </li></ul><ul><li>Programme: Participation in IAU S 260 </li></ul><ul><li>The Role of Astronomy in our Society </li></ul><ul><li>Date: 19-23 January, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Paris, France </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 2 from NASO </li></ul><ul><li>Remarks: Rishi Shah and Suresh Bhattarai from NASO </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>Celebration of IYA2009: NASO actively working for popularizing science
  11. 11. <ul><li>Programme: Comet Lulin Observation Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Date: 24 February, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST),Khumaltar, Lalitpur </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 60+ </li></ul><ul><li>Remarks: One time comet (parabolic path) </li></ul><ul><li>Programme: Saturn Observation Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Date: 24 February, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST),Khumaltar, Lalitpur </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 60+ </li></ul><ul><li>Remarks: Largest moon Titan was also observed. </li></ul>Celebration of IYA2009: NASO actively working for popularizing science
  12. 12. Celebration of IYA2009: NASO actively working for popularizing science <ul><li>Programme: 100 Hours of Astronomy </li></ul><ul><li>Date: April 2-5, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Kathmandu </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 300+ </li></ul><ul><li>Remarks: Celebrated in Celebration Co-Ed School, Jorpati; St. Xavier’s college, Maitighar. This was a cornerstone project of IYA2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Programme: Release Ceremony of Nepal’s first Astronomy documentary </li></ul><ul><li>Date: June 14, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: St. Xavier’s college, Maitighar, Kathmandu </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 150 </li></ul><ul><li>Remarks: Presented by GD Pudasaini and Utsav Kandel </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><ul><ul><li>Programme: Solar Observation Campaign </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Date: June 14, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: St. Xavier’s college, Maitighar, Kathmandu </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Remarks: Using solar eclipse glasses for the first time in Nepal provided to NASO by EurAstro, Germany </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Programme: Solar Eclipse Observation Campaign </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> Date: July 22, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li> Venue: Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST),Khumaltar, Lalitpur </li></ul><ul><li> Number of participants: 300+ </li></ul><ul><li> Remarks: First eclipse observation programme with solar eclipse glasses. First time in history of Nepal live telecast of solar eclipse from different TV channels and participation of Prime Minister in our programme at NAST ground. </li></ul>Celebration of IYA2009: NASO actively working for popularizing science
  14. 14. Celebration of IYA2009: <ul><li>Programme: Star Peace Event </li></ul><ul><li>Date: Sept 21, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Takshashila Academy,Bishalnagar, </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 50+ </li></ul><ul><li>Programme: Galilean Nights in Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Date: October 23, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: DDC Hall, Dhangadi,Kailali,Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 1000+ </li></ul>NASO actively working for popularizing science
  15. 15. Celebration of IYA2009: <ul><li>Programme: Workshop on Astrophotography and Image Processing </li></ul><ul><li>Date: Nov 15, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Watrin Hall, St. Xavier’s College,Maitighar,Kathmandu,Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 120+ </li></ul><ul><li>Remarks: discussion on astro-tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Programme: Leonids Outburst Observation Campaign 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Date: Nov 17/18 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Nagarkot Hill Station, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur, Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 50+ </li></ul><ul><li>Programme: Star party at Bhaktapur Durbar Square </li></ul><ul><li>Date: Nov 19, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur, Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 1000+ </li></ul><ul><li>Remarks: Great outreach in the history of Nepal </li></ul>NASO actively working for popularizing science
  16. 16. Celebration of IYA2009: <ul><li>Programme: Geminid Meteor shower in Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Date: Dec 14, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: H.B. Complex, Lalitpur,Kathmandu,Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Number of participants: 30+ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>NASO actively working for popularizing science
  17. 17. <ul><li>Beyond 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Talk programme on Annular solar eclipse at NAST, Jan 14, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Solar eclipse observation campaign Jan 15, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Hello Red Planet February 2, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Observation Programme at Central Department of Physics February 10, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Talk programme at Celebration Co-Ed School ,Narayan Taar, Jorpati on April 1, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk programme ot RIA school on April 3, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>30 nights of star peace in Nepal: That’s the red planet! On April 7, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Solar observation campaign on April 11, 2010 from H.B. complex, Lalitpur. </li></ul><ul><li>Astro quitz contest on National TV started from 12 April, 2010. </li></ul>NASO actively working for popularizing science
  18. 19. NASO actively working for popularizing science
  19. 20. Impact of NASO activities: <ul><li>We tried to develop the scientific temper, humanism and spirit of inquiry and reform among students, working professionals and general masses. </li></ul><ul><li>We make people especially students think logically and reasonably . </li></ul><ul><li>We help people to broaden the knowledge of human beings. </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>NASO is popularizing all the science activities and hence developing technologically civilized scientific societies. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction of superstitious beliefs. </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of Scientific aware society . </li></ul><ul><li>Increase application of science and technology in different sectors. </li></ul><ul><li>People are now Generating income through astrotourism. </li></ul><ul><li>Students participating in space science activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Development of our country Nepal through astronomy activities. </li></ul>Impact of NASO activities:
  21. 22. RESULTS OF THE ACTIVITIES: Awareness of astronomical facts like meteor showers, eclipse etc. Observational Activities is increasing the number of people believe in science Reducing superstitious beliefs Encouraging people to do study and research Development of our society
  22. 23. Glimpses of NASO activities <ul><li>Programme at Dhangadi, far west region of Nepal, October 2009 </li></ul>
  23. 25. <ul><li>Grand outreach in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, November 19, 2009 </li></ul>Glimpses of NASO activities Astrophotography Workshop, November 15, 2009
  24. 26. <ul><li>NASO team with different international groups </li></ul>Glimpses of NASO activities
  25. 27. <ul><li>Programme at different places </li></ul>Glimpses of NASO activities
  26. 28. <ul><li>Riwaj Pokhrel </li></ul><ul><li>Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) </li></ul><ul><li>Po.Box 21229 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: info.naso@gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>URL: http://astronomy- nepal.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Kathmandu, Nepal </li></ul>THANK YOU !!! Thank You !!!

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