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: http://centraldeafschool.edu.np/). 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!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Call for Participation:The 1st SEAYAC Meeting will be held on November 5-9, 2012 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines

South East Asian Young Astronomer Collaboration ( SEAYC) has announced it's first meeting that will be held in Philipines during November 5-9, 2012. The aim of the SEAYAC Meeting is to gather young astronomers (undergraduate, graduate and early post-docs) who are conducting research in astronomy and to provide a venue where they can present their work.

To get more updates of the meeting, please feel free to visit the SEAYC webpage: http://seayac.org/

You can get all the travel information from the official website of Consulate General of Republic of Philippines in Nepal: http://www.voith.com.np/philcongen/

Southeast Asian Young Astronomers Collaboration or SEAYAC is a group for young astronomer in South East Asian Region. The main objective of SEAYAC is to encourage interaction and collaborations between young astronomers from all Southeast Asian nations. Being a relatively new field in Southeast Asia, it is important that young astronomers get together in order to provide an environment for interaction, not just in astronomy, but also in the social, cultural and interpersonal level.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Find An Asteroid Search Campaign & Move An Asteroid 2012 Competitions of SGAC

The Near Earth Object Working Group ( NEO-WG) of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) has announced two important competitions.

1. Find An Asteroid Search Campaign in collaboration with IASC (http://iasc.hsutx.edu). It has slots for 10 - 15 teams, with 3 - 5 individuals each, to participate in an Asteroid Search Campaign. No previous knowledge is required and participants have the chance to discover an asteroid! Application deadline June 1.


While teams can be made up by individuals from around the world, SGAC would also like to see some regional or national teams, (e.g. Team Kiwi, Team UK, Team Latinamerica, etc.). That is where you come in! As you can imagine, this is a great outreach opportunity in your country, try to make the best of it. While doing so, please don't forget to spread the word about our other competition as well: 2. Move An Asteroid 2012 Technical Paper Competition - for the 5th year in a row, SGAC is looking for novel ideas with regard to asteroid detection, safe deflection, or a global warning system. The winner will receive a funded trip to Naples, Italy to present his/her winning idea at the Space Generation Congress (SGC) and International Astronautical Congress (IAC). Due date is July 15.


You can find more info on both competitions on the NEO WG page: www.spacegeneration.org/asteroid SGAC would like to ask you to spread the word about these two opportunities in your region or country to encourage students and young professionals to apply. If you are not sure who to contact in your country, Contact Alex Karl, NEO-WG project co-lead (alex [at] spacegeneration.org), he can give you some ideas. For updates, please feel free to visit SGAC official website www.spacegeneration.org. To know more about these projects of SGAC, please click here

All the best to all of you who are taking part on these competitions :)



Friday, May 4, 2012

Supermoon washes this year's Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower!

The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend. The mornings of May 5 and 6, 2012 are probably best for meteor-watching. But the largest full moon of 2012 on May 5 will drown these meteors in its glare.

When no moon is in the sky to spoil the show, you typically see 10 to 20 meteors per hour at mid-northern latitudes and perhaps twice that number in the Southern Hemisphere, for the Eta Aquarid shower. This shower is like most others in that the best time to watch tends to be during the wee hours before dawn.

he Eta Aquarid meteors, in particular, are strictly for night owls or early risers, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere. This shower’s radiant point doesn’t rise over our horizons until around 2 or 3 a.m. The meteors are few and far even then, but the wee hours are a time for catching earth-grazing meteors in this shower. An earth-grazer is a long, slow, colorful meteor that horizontally streaks the sky.

The closer to dawn, the more Eta Aquarid meteors you’re likely to see. These meteors are extremely fast and often bright, striking Earth’s atmosphere at 66 kilometers – about 41 miles – per second. Many of the brighter meteors leave persistent trains – glowing ionized gas trails – for a few moments after their fiery plunge. You’re not likely to see many of these trails in the bright moonlight in 2012, however.

This Shower is due to the dust trails left behind by the Halley's Comet. We have two shower per year due to the dust trails of Halleys in May and Orionids in October.

So, wish you all the best for catching more meteors despite of Strong Moon Glow :)

Wishing you all a clear skies and happy weekend!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Congratulations Yael Naze!


I am very happy to know Dr. Yael Naze has won the EuroPlanet Outreach Award 2012 for her extraordinary involvement for astronomy outreach in different communities. You can find the full stay here.

Congratulations Yael, looking forward to hear more good news in coming days :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Interaction programme on LEAD IN PAINT in Kathmandu!

April 30, Center for Public health and Environmental Development (CEPHED)in support of SSNC Sweden organised a half day interaction programme on Lead in paint at SAP-Falcha, Babarmahal, Kathmandu. The programme was inaugurated by Hon. Hem Raj Tater, Minister of Environment of Nepal. He briefed status of different laws and policies that government of Nepal going to implement for the green Nepal. The first section of the programme was intended to update the audience about the status of colour market in Nepal and how things are going, how lead comes in the paint, etc. The speakers of the section includes people from NAST, Ministry, National Lab, National and International Paint Industries. The interaction section began with the short presentation on Lead in Paint by Ram Charitra Shah, executive director and environment scientist at CEPHED. The hardwork to get all the stake holders under the same roof by the CEPHED remained praiseworthy. The interaction remained very fruitful with some recommendations. The participants from all the concern bodies, ministry,NAST, Paint industries, regulating body, workers, teachers, medical doctors, laywers, engineers and scientists had almost same voice for the effort to go on public with some information. For this, different approaches had been discussed. I wish CEPHED all the best for its upcoming work! Lets not keep our child dull!! STAY LEAD FREE, STAY SAFE!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Astronomy Outreach – From Local to Global

Namaste. My name is Joan Chamberlin, and I am an amateur astronomer, informal astronomy educator, and NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador for the state of Maine in the USA. I am a retired special education teacher, who became involved in astronomy about 10 years ago mostly because I was interested in observing all the beautiful objects to be seen in the night sky with the naked eye and with telescopes. As soon as I learned how to use a telescope and began attending star parties with my friends at two different astronomy clubs, I realized that what I loved most of all was sharing my knowledge with schools and the public.


Here is a picture of me at the Astronomical Society of Northern New England observatory in Kennebunk, Maine with my telescope, which is a 10 inch Dobsonian.


The best thing about this telescope is that it is easy to set up and, because it gathers lots of light, it gives marvelous views of deep sky objects such as globular clusters, open clusters, galaxies, and planetary nebulae. It is also great for viewing the moon and planets.


My outreach events are at parks, supermarket parking lots, schools, nature reserves, campgrounds, and the club observatory. One of the questions I often am asked when showing kids the night sky is “Can we see the flag on the moon in this telescope? Of course the flag is much too small, and we are much too far away to see it. Even the Hubble Space Telescope is not able to see something that small.

I go into schools to teach students basic astronomy concepts and to explain NASA robotic missions. I use resources from the NASA Night Sky Network, which supports over 350 astronomy clubs throughout our country. Although it was developed for US clubs, people from around the world are welcome to go to the website and download the power points, hands on activities, and other materials for teaching astronomy at no charge. Recently I went to Nepal, where I gave a presentation about how to access these resources. http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-search.cfm


Another outreach program that I do for schools and youth groups is called Globe at Night, a program that teaches about light pollution and how to battle this worldwide problem. This is a program that is simple to do and requires no special equipment. The instructions for doing it are right on the website, and participants can put data from their own location into the common data base to help make a global map of the light pollution around the world.
http://www.globeatnight.org/

Here is a picture of me showing students the best kind of lighting to prevent light pollution. This was at the Celebration Co-Ed School in Kathmandu, Nepal

I belong to an organization called Astronomers Without Borders, which is trying to connect people around the world through astronomy events. For me, this has been a very exciting and satisfying organization to be involved with. I have shared resources and friendship with people in Asia, Africa, and South America. Some of these people I have had the pleasure to meet in person and even to visit and do astronomy events with. http://www.astronomerswithoutborders.org/



Here is a picture of me presenting a telescope that was donated by Scope City in California to members of Nepal Astronomical Society in Kathmandu, Nepal. I met this group through Astronomers Without Borders. Through an Astro Book Drive two of the astronomy clubs I belong to sent 10 boxes of astronomy books and materials to NASO for their astronomy library. It was a wonderful way to make connections between our clubs and theirs, and we have some very special friends there now. I think the motto of Astronomers Without Borders is really true and one that promotes international understanding between all cultures: One People, One Sky. People all over the world can connect through astronomy. Differences in politics, religion, and culture disappear when you are looking at the same sky, and you discover how much people everywhere are basically alike.


Clear Skies,
Joan Chamberlin
Astronomical Society of Northern New England, Kennebunk, Maine, USA
Southern Maine Astronomers, Portland, Maine
NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador for state of Maine

(I would like express my heartiest thank to Joan for contributing for my blog- if you have something that you think suites the readers of this blog and want to contribute, please send me)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Are you looking for an opportunity to become a leader!

Hello readers, Good evening from Kathmandu :)

Hope you are enjoying reading my blog over the years and will follow the post in coming days :) Today, I am sharing you an opportunity to learn leadership and raise the voice of youths of your country to UN on Space Application. How many of you have heard of Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)? If you are aware of it then that's great, if not then I recommend you to have a look at its offical website: www.spacegeneration.org. The membership is free for all 18-35 years citizens of nations listed under UN regions. If you find your country in the website but did not find National Point of Contact ( NPoC) for it, it's a great opportunity for you :) Moreover if you did not find your country then that will be another great opportunity for you to be a leader. Once you send your application, the executive council of SGAC will review over it and you will be informed about the results in due time!

So, are you ready for this challenging yet with full of great excitement and opportunities to lead your nation? Then prepare a good Letter of Intent (Motivation Letter) and latest CV with all your engagements and send them together with your headshot photo of good resolution!

All the best, Will catch you with another news :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

GHOU Nepal Chapter Announces GTTP 2012 in March 31, 2012

The Global Hands On Universe(GHOU) Chapter for Nepal has announced the Galileo Teacher Training programme on March 31, 2012. The application for the participation has now open and closes on March 14, 2012. The programme is a partnership between GHOU Nepal Chapter, Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) and Espro Foundation, Nepal.

If you are teaching science in school or doing science with public in Nepal, do not wait to apply for the event. This training is the unique platform for all science teacher where they will be taught astronomy and space science so that they can give these knowledge back to their students at schools.

As the deadline is less than two weeks away ( Wednusday,March 14, 2012), Spread news to those whom you think to be interested to this programme.

All the best for those who have already applied and those planning for.

Hope to see you all in Kathmandu!

Clear skies!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

5th International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 19-21, 2012

Louis Cruls Astronomy Club has announced the fifth version of the international meeting. The 5th International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics will be held in Reo de Janeiro, Brazil during April 19-21, 2012.

If you wish to participate, then start planning for it. For Nepalese you have to apply VISA from New Delhi so it takes some time. So, don't wait, start now if you want to meet some of the world's best known personalities in Brazil this April.

Please visit the conference website for more details on the event http://meeting.passeiopeloceu.org/

Louis Cruls Astronomy Club is now co-orporate member of EurAstro Association. At this moment, I would like to congratulate my friend Prof. Marcelo de Oliveira Souza
President of the Organizing Committee of the 5th International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics.

Um fraterno abraço :)

Waxing Crescent Moon besides Swayambhu Temple (Monkey Temple)

Dear valued readers,

I am presenting you the work of Sajani Manandhar who has started doing photography for last couple of months and getting towards professionalism. Here I present her work and her quotes for the moments. I am very thankful to her for taking this blog for reaching the world with her creative and innovative work. I found it as one of precious piece of landscape astrophotography done in Nepal by such female photographer.



She writes "It’s not that we always get lucky. When the moon is just besides the great Swayambhu Nath Temple, there might be no light and when there is light, the moon might not be in the right place. But, last Sunday, 26th February 2012, I got very lucky. Actually I always wanted to caputre the moon and Swayambhu Nath Temple together. That day I waited for around one hour in the cold weather for the moon to travel all way round towards temple. I am an amateur photographer, I have not decided on my genre yet. I click whatever I feel like clicking but being Buddhist myself I had a desire to catch this mesmerizing view in my camera. When I got this image, I was very happy but then I felt like I don’t know much about the moon. These days I am busy learning more about planets and satellites."

Congratulations Sajani for this wonderful work. Looking forward to get more work in coming days.

All the best with your landscape astrophotography in Nepal :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Space Generation Fusion Forum 2012

The Space Generation Advisory Council presents the inaugural Fusion Forum – a US space event highlighting international thinking geared towards university students and young professionals at Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA during April 15-16, 2012.

This event, held in conjunction with the National Space Symposium, aims to gather a selected group of up to 50 top young adults from various areas of space – government, industry, and academia. These intense, interactive panel discussions moderated by today's international space sector leaders will gather the perspectives of tomorrow's space leaders on today's key space issues. Output will be reported at the AIAA's Space 2012 conference. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet many high-level international space leaders through networking events and experience the opening of the 28th Annual National Space Symposium.

Please find more details on: http://spacegeneration.org/index.php/activities/fusion-forum

The deadline for the registration is March 4, 2012. As SGAC is selecting only top 50 leaders from the globe, apply now and get higher change to get selected :)

In between, don't forget to apply for funding opportunities that SGAC will provide you with different competitions through out the year.

For more on SGAC project and competetions, please visit: http://spacegeneration.org/index.php/activities/current-projects

International Meteor Conference 2012


The International Meteor Organization (IMO) will hold the 31st annual International Meteor Conference (IMC) on La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, from 20 till 23 September, 2012. The conference will be organized by the Astro Travels agency in collaboration with the Cabildo of La Palma island authority which will sponsor this event.

For more details please visit http://imo.net/imc2012/