Nepal Astronomical Society(NASO) hosts first IAU OAE Node in Nepal

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) is hosting the first IAU OAE Node in Nepal. As a host, NASO will come together with IAU for an exciting future of profitable partnerships.

The OAE Node Nepal is an association between the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE), and the Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO).

The OAE Node Nepal joins the OAE Center Italy and the OAE Center Cyprus. It includes an growing network of larger OAE Centers and smaller OAE Nodes.

NASO plays a leading role in educational engagement nationally. It focuses on citizen-science projects in low-tech environments. It also trains teachers and astronomy Olympiads. It is building the OAE’s network of collaborations mainly in the SAARC region. Mostly also for the countries facing similar challenges around the globe also.

Teresa Lago, IAU General Secretary, says, “I am very pleased to see the rapid growth of the network of OAE Centers and Nodes. This is a confirmation, not only of the real need for the OAE as a fundamental pillar for the IAU to achieve its strategic goals but also of the worldwide recognition of the relevance of the OAE’s activities and the willingness to be involved in them as a closer partner”. 

Markus Possel, the OAE Director, says, “Supporting astronomy education worldwide is a great aim and requires a team of strong partners. We are happy to welcome our colleagues from Nepal to that team. It is great that the Nepal Astronomical Society has taken the step to dedicate significant resources to our common goal.”

About NASO:

The Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) is a non-profit organization in Nepal. Its main goal is to create a strong scientific community within the country. It provides a common platform for all astronomy/astrophysics/space science enthusiasts. It promotes science & technology through outreach, education, and research activities on astronomy and space science. It is also hosting IAU NOC Nepal Committee and IAU NAEC Nepal Teams. In the same way, World Space Week Nepal Committee too.

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About OAE:

It was founded by the IAU in December 2019. The OAE is hosted by the Haus der Astronomie (HdA) and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. Its mission is to promote and support the development and improvement of astronomy education and related sciences all over the world. Corresponding to its mission, the OAE is building a network of collaborators and partners. Besides, this includes a network of National Astronomy Education Coordinators. HDA’s hosting the OAE was made possible through the support of the German foundations the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

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About IAU:

The IAU is the international astronomical organization. It brings together more than 12,000 active professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its aim is to promote and protect astronomy in all its aspects. It includes research, communication, education, and development, through international cooperation. The IAU is an internationally recognized authority for identifying celestial bodies and the surface features on them. It was founded in 1919. The IAU is the world’s largest professional body for astronomers.

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