Nepali students to participate in IASC

Kathmandu, January 6

Nepali students from various schools in the Kathmandu Valley will participate in the International Astronomical Search Campaign scheduled to be held from January 7 to February 11.

Suresh Bhattarai, president, Nepal Astronomical Society, today said the campaign is internet-based and students can participate in the astronomical research by staying here in Kathmandu.

“Astronomical Research Institute in the US will be sending the image of space that is clicked by their 24 inch, 32 inch and 50 inch telescopes to our students participating in the campaign and through this image, the students can study the universe using a software called astrometrica.”

He said the reporting of the findings from the image is sent to the Paris-based Mirror Planet Centre, which operates at the Smithosonian Astrophysical Observatory, under the auspices of Division F of the International Astronomical Union.

The MPC is operating from a five-year NASA grant. It is also responsible for the designation of minor bodies in the solar system, minor planets, comets and natural satellites.

It is also responsible for efficient collection, computation, checking and dissemination of astrometric observations and orbits for minor planets and comets via its various journals.

According to Bhattarai, a group of five people from each school two male and two female students from Grade VII to IX accompanied by a teacher will be participating in the campaign from Nepal.

Ten countries, including Nepal, are participating in the campaign, he said.

Battisputali-based Ankur Bidhyashram, Nepaltar-based Eureka High School, Tokha-based Ganesh English Secondary School, Dhumbarahi-based The Insight Vision Higher Secondary School and Jorpati-based The Celebration Co-Ed are participating in the campaign, said Bhattarai.