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!