Saturday, October 28, 2017

United Nations/ Austria Symposium on "Access to Space: Holistic Capacity-Building for the 21st Century"

Nepal successfully participated in United Nations/ Austria Symposium on "Access to Space: Holistic Capacity-Building for the 21st Century" Graz, Austria, 3 - 7 September 2017 Organized by The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, co-organized & co-sponsored by the Government of Austria European Space Agency (ESA), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Austrospace, Joanneum Research, NPOC Space Law, Graz University of Technology, City of Graz, State of Styria, the Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. More than 40 participants, from 30 countries had attended the Symposium highlighted on framework of topic on Space Science technology and the possible role of United Nations. 
Sabin Gautam from  Pokhara Astronomical Society (PAS) presented his paper on space science capacity buildings activities focus on youth and women in Nepal .The Symposium primarily focus on how space base technology can be  utilize for holistic capacity building of our society.  All symposium participants had presented their recommendation and to address the challenge for capability building through space technology.  The Symposium was concluded by addressing the objective of UNISPACE+50 to strengthen international coordination and cooperation in the use and applications of space science, technology as well as policy and law. In particular, the Symposium is expected to contribute mainly to Thematic Priority 7: Capacity building for the 21st Century.
Mr. Sabin Gautam, program coordinator at PAS, presenting his talk.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Astro-Photo Exhibition

We organized one day Astro-Photo exhibition on 5 May 2017 in Pokhara, Nepal. The event was very successful to circulate the importance of astronomy and inspire citizens towards astronomy and science activities. The program was organized in association with Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara Secondary School and Navodit Institute of Multiple Studies (NIMS) Pokhara, Nepal. It was a public event where photos related to astronomy and space sciences were displayed followed by solar observation and night sky observation session. 

Preparing for photos

Visitors taking interest in telescope, laser light and astronomy pictures
Exhibition venue

School students visiting different pictures 

School students in exhibition

School Students interacting about pictures with exhibitor

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pokhara Yuri's Night Star Party 2017

Pokhara Astronomical Society (PAS), a pioneer organization in the field of Astronomy and Space Science, celebrated 57th Yuri’s Night on 12th April 2017 in Pokhara, Nepal. The program was organized in association with Arunya Jyoti Pustakalya kundhar-13 Pokhara. Mr. Sabin Gautam, Program coordinator, gave a talk about the importance and achievement of human in space exploration among participants. Participants were from different age groups from 8 years old to 53 years old.  Interaction with participant about human space exploration and space science education was very fruitful and effective. 

Program Flyer

School student watching documentary 'First Orbit'

Participants in talk and interaction session

Mr. Sabin Gautam, Program Coordinator, giving talk 

Group Photo

Friday, November 25, 2016

Webinar with CERN physicists

PAS organized a webinar program with the physicists from CERN on 19 November 2016. Dr. Ajeeta Khatiwada, research associate at Purdue University and working in CMS experiment at CERN, delivered talk on the title ‘Probing tiny particles with the world’s largest accelerator’  followed by the question/ answer session with the participants. She described Standard Model of particle physics and explained how these tiny particles are studied with the help of different detectors installed at CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research. 
Dr. Suyog Shrestha, a postdoc at Ohio State University and researcher at ATLAS experiment at CERN, had given talk on ‘What Good is Physics Degree?’ He discussed about the opportunities with the physics degree in numerous fields.

45 participants from different high schools and universities attended the webinar in SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Rambazar, Pokhara. This program was followed by Solar Observation session. 

Solar Observation

Pokhara Yuri’s Night Celebration and Space Party-2016

To celebrate the first human exploration in the Space, Pokhara Astronomical Society (PAS) organized 'Pokhara Yuri's Night Celebration and Space Party-2016' at Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara on 12 April 2016. The program was conducted in association with Creative Science Association among more than thirty B.Sc. students to encourage them in space science education.
The program is divided into two sessions. Talk session and workshop session. The first session was started with documentary show  1st man ever in Space 'Vostok1' along with the presentation about history and importance of celebrating this day. Mr. Kamal Poudel presented a talk about scientific research methodology and Mr. Jeevan Lamsal delivered talk on the detection of gravitational wave.
Second session was run by Mr. Sabin Gautam. He instructed the participants to use Stellarium software along with the sky observation technique . Workshop session was followed by the preparation of Astrokits( Star wheel, Solar motion) to identify the position of stars in night sky and to understand the motion of Sun from different latitude of Earth at different time.

Mr. Kamal Poudel giving talk

Participants learning Stellarium

Astrokits making workshop

Mr. Sabin Gautam talking about sky observation techniques

Group photo

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Webinar on Particle Physics

Pokhara Astronomical Society (PAS) is  organizing a Webinar on Particle Pysics with physicists from CERN. Webinar will be followed by Solar Observation session after 2 pm.

Dr. Ajeeta Khatiwada
Research Associate, Purdue University

Dr. Suyog Shrestha
Postdoc, Ohio State University

Date: Saturday 19 November 2016
Time: 11:00 - 14:00
Venue: SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Rambazar, Pokhara

Registration is free. Fill up the form to secure your participation.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

‘Pokhara Yuri’s Night Celebration and Space Party’

Pokhara Astronomical Society is organizing ‘Pokhara Yuri’s Night Celebration and Space Party’ in Celebration of Yuri's Night-2016 and Global Astronomy Month (GAM-2016)
Yuri's Night is an annual worldwide effort to engage a new generation in the passion and excitement of Space. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin completed a 108 minutes flight around the Earth piloting "Vostok 1", a mission that marked the beginning of the human exploration of space. This pioneering effort is honored with an event that bridges continents and countries, and challenges new generation to create a positive vision for the future of humanity. Yuri's Night 2016 commemorates the past and celebrates modern space landmarks.
Exactly 20 years later (April 12th, 1981), the United States embarked on a new era in spaceflight with the inaugural launch of a new type of spaceship — the Space Shuttle. Designed to carry a larger crew and large volumes of cargo to orbit, the Space Shuttles became synonymous with human spaceflight for an entirely new generation of young people.

Space enthusiasts are requested to book their seat to participate in this global celebration. We hope to see you dream, explore and celebrate with us.

Programs: Astronomy Workshop, Talks, Documentary Show and Night Sky Observation through Telescope

Venue                             : Prithvi Narayan                                            Campus, Bagar, Pokhara, Nepal
Date                                 :  12 April, 2016
Registration fee              : NRs. 250 (Limited seats only, Certificate of       participation will be distributed)
For More Information    : 9846304052, 9846603702
Main Organizer               : Pokhara Astronomical Society (PAS)
Local Organizer            : Creative Science Association (CSA)

Click here  for the event schedule!!!!!

“Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our Planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty - not destroy it!”-

 Yuri Gagarin, 1st person in Space