Thursday, March 31, 2011

Global Astronomy Month Eve 2011 in Nepal

Had great time with the kids of The Celebration Co-ed School, Jorpati, Kathmandu, Nepal:-)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lets help our Japanese friends as much as we can!

Dear valued readers,

Here is the appeal from our Japanese friends for the help to those people who have been greatly suffered from the earthquakes/Aftershocks/Tsunami and Damage of nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Lets do our best to help these people, as we believe in one "people, one sky". These disasters took life of hundreds of people so far.

Original Request from the Japanese friend, Hiroshi Yamashita
Dear my foreign friends,

North east area of Japan is still confusing because of afterquake, accident of atomic power, and so on.
Influence of them, we hold the planning stoppage of electric power supply.
This earthquake and Tsunami took many lives and livings.
However, now we start rehabilitation and go back to daily life.
We have to save power for the disaster area.
On the other hand, we have to keep economic activities as usual.
I apologize to send just non-interactive message not so often against messages from my foreign friends.

Please, help us by the following actions.

1. Donate money through contribution in the Japanese Red Cross Society
or UNISEF site, please.

2. Buy Japanese products in your country as usual or more often, please.

3. Stop unfounded gossip of radiation of atomic power in your country.
I believe my respectable friends have ability of analysing the truth of the accident.

4. Continue to pray for disaster area in Japan and send encouraging messages for them on the web, please.

5. Please visit Japan for sightseeing or business after confusing of disaster calms (probably 2 or 3 months later,next May or June).
I can guide everywhere you want.

Many thanks for your kindness.

Per aspera ad astra!

Lets join our hand together to help these people in need however possible...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Yuri's Night Zero-G Contests Are Open now!

Yuri’s Night has announced their two contests, the “Call to Humanity” Space Exploration Advertisement Competition and Yuri’s Night International Space Sweepstakes. These contests are now officially open and the organizers are accepting entries. $18,000 in space-themed prizes are being offered through these two contests, both of which are completely free to enter.

According the press release send by the Brice Russ, Media Team Chair of Youri's Night 2011,The Space Exploration Advertisement Competition will award a 4-day tour of Moscow, Russia, including a microgravity flight in an Ilyushin-76 aircraft, to an artist, designer or creative individual who creates a print ad which best captures the wonder of space and demonstrates the potential to best inspire the public."The winner will be judged by a celebrity panel of space notables, but entries will also be eligible for a fan-voted People’s Choice Award with another exciting set of prizes", he added. The deadline for entries are due by March 31st,2011.

Following the explanation of the contests, Russ further added, "If you’re not quite as artistically talented, sign up for the Russian Space Tour Sweepstakes, a free drawing which gives space enthusiasts around the world a chance to win a 10-day “VIP Lift-Off In Baikonur” package, which includes the opportunity to witness the launch of a Soyuz rocket live and in person. The winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries".

Moreover,Yuri’s Night is still in the middle of our YN11 Video Contest, awarding a cash prize to the creator of the best tribute video celebrating the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight. As of March 12th, Yuri’s Night will be releasing daily videos recorded by members of the Association of Space Explorers, including Alexey Leonov, Chris Hadfield and Valentina Tereshkova, in support of the continued exploration of outer space; contest participants are encouraged to make use of these videos in their entries.

So, what are you waiting for. You may be the one who will have this great opportunity experience space life representing Nepal!

For more information on these competitions, visit their contests page at Don’t delay–get started on your entries now!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


-By Rishi Shah

As darkness descends on earth, the entire night sky comes alive with mesmerizing marvels of our arcane universe. Avid sky-gazers could relish on the splendid spectacle of planets and enjoy the alluring exhibits of stars, galaxies and nebulae that spread all over dark night skies from dusk till dawn. The zodiacal constellations of Pisces (fishes), Aries (ram), Taurus (bull), Gemini (twins), Cancer (crab) and Leo (lion) are unfurling across the heavens from western to eastern horizon. Pentagon-shaped constellation Auriga (charioteer) is dominatingly present in the evening sky almost overhead with its fascinatingly bright star Capella (Brahma Ridaya). It is fairly fourty five light-years away.

Kite-resembling Bootes (herdsman) along with petit Canes Venatici (hunting dogs) is ascending the eastern sky. Long constellation

Hydra (water serpent) is slithering across southern sky. Circumpolar constellations Cepheus (king), Cassiopeia (queen), Ursa Major (great bear) and Draco (dragon) are encircling the Pole Star Polaris (Dhruba Tara) remarkably in northern sky. Polaris, about 433 light-years away, is dwelling cozily in Ursa Minor (little bear).

The shimmering curtain of our galaxy, the Milky Way runs awesomely through Cassiopeia, Auriga, Monoceros (unicorn) and Puppis (stern of legendary ship Argo) from northwestern to southeastern sky.

Merely twelve million light-years away, the irregular galaxy NGC4449 embellishes Canes Venatici

The reddish glow dramatizes NGC4449’s the rolling star forming regions and blue star clusters that sketch huge sweeping interstellar spiraling arcs and bizarre bubbles being blown away by short-lived mammoth stars. Vibrantly engrossing NGC6914 Nebulae decorate the high-flying Cygnus (swan) soaring in eastern sky

Planet Venus shines exquisitely in eastern sky before daybreak. Far-flung bluish planet Neptune could be perceived above Venus, if peered carefully. These planet duos are wandering in Aquarius (water bearer) from eastern section of Capricornus (sea goat). Planet Jupiter could be admired in western sky after nightfall, as it gleams enticingly in Pisces. Jupiter is at perihelion (nearest distance to Sun) on 17 March and is simply 740 million kilometers away from Sun. Fleetingly elusive planet Mercury could be discerned below Jupiter during the beginning of month.

The charming Circlet asterism of Pisces hovers roughly above them. Ringed planet Saturn glitters gorgeously among the stars in Virgo, as it rises a bit later after sunset in eastern sky. Two resplendent stars Spica (Chitra) in Virgo and Arcturus (Swati) in Bootes are floating conspicuously over and under Saturn.

A strange star system dubbed KOI-730 that could have two planets in the same orbit has been disclosed recently by NASA’s Kepler project. Two planets out of four are hobbling weirdly around the parent star in just under ten days and are seemingly sharing the same path. The planets would be circling the chief star in ostensibly quirky Trojan configuration (whizzing sixty degrees in front of and behind another object).

When one body (as planet) dashes around more massive body (star), there are two gravitational sweet spots (Lagrange points named after famed French mathematician Joseph Louis Lagrange) along the planet’s trajectory where the third entity can streak around firmly. These positions lie sixty degrees ahead of and sixty degrees behind the main object. For suitable comparison in our Solar System a group of asteroids nicknamed Trojans perplexingly leads and trails mighty planet Jupiter in similar manner.

The full moon or popularly known as worm full moon marking joyously colourful holi celebrations would enthrall us all on 19 March, while new moon occurred on 04 March. Vernal Equinox can be experienced on 21 March.On this day the duration of day and night is per se equal worldwide.

Source: The Rising Nepal, March 9, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

9th National School on Space Science, Kathmandu,Nepal,March 28-April 3, 2010

B.P. Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory and Science Museum Development Board organizing seven day workshop on space science specially focusing on astronomy and astrophysics during March 28-April 3, 2011 in Kathmandu.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 10, 2011! ( for more info and online form visit

The topics to be discussed in the school are as follows.

1. 1. Observation
(a) Sky map & telescope use.
(b) Observational techniques - optical, infrared, radio, x-ray, gamma-ray.

2. Our Neighbourhood
(a) Solar system
(b) Extra solar planet

3. Stellar Evolution: HR Diagramme, main sequence star, Nuclear Fusion & Fission, Plasma State of Matter - Red Giant, White Dwarf, Brown Dwarf, Neutron Star, Supernova Explosion, Black Hole.

4. Elementary / Astro-Particles: Interaction, classification, symmetry, symmetry breaking, astro-particles.

5. Galaxy: Classification, structure, properties.

6. Large Scale Structure: Galaxies, Clusters, Hubble Expansion, Red Shift, Microwave Background, Rotation Curve, Dark Matter.

7. Early universe & its evolution: Inflation, Nucleosynthesis, radiation-matter decoupling.

8. Astrophysical plasma: Fourth state of matter, occurrence of plasma in solar system and astrophysical objects.

9. Observation: Observation of night sky from Kathmandu and Nagarkot.

1. Stellar structure.
2. Field theory and particle physics.
3. Perturbation of FRW spacetime
4. Structure formation
5. Galaxies

Experts of the subject will conduct three lectures each day backed by exercises. There will also be time for discussion on the lectures and further clarifications. Arrangements will be made to have a view of the night sky to identify some of the astronomical objects.