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Global Astronomy Month Eve 2011 in Nepal

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

Celebration of 50th Anniversary of First Man in Space, 2011 in Nepal

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. Donat…

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…

NIGHT SKY IN MARCH

-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 (dr…

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 http://www.planeta-observatory.gov.np/school9.php?)


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: Galaxi…