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#26 jtsenghas

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 10:00 AM

Himal, that is a very comprehensive start! 

 

I'm curious about two things:

1) Among the adults,  at least,  approximately what fraction had at least a reasonable prior understanding of the structure of the solar system and the magnitude of astronomical distances? 

 

2) What language did you use primarily for the event? How prevalent is English in your community?

 

As for the lightyear, I like to explain that by coincidence,  that if an Astronomical Unit were scaled to an inch (2.5 cm), that a lightyear would be almost exactly a mile (1.6 km).  That means that the nearest star would be about 4.2 miles (6.8 km) away,  and a mere 11 luminous stars would be within 10 miles (16 km) in any direction! 

 

Think of that emptiness! 12 grains of sand within a sphere 32 kilometers or 20 miles in diameter. Less then 8 solar masses total! 


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 10:27 AM

I have created and prepared slides in english language and later explained them in Nepali Language. I primarily used Nepali Language. Students can hardly understand a thing if I were supposed to speak english only. We have habit of speaking english only in private schools up to grade 10... except that we almost don't speak english. 



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Posted 01 February 2020 - 10:31 AM

I have created and prepared slides in english language and later explained them in Nepali Language. I primarily used Nepali Language. Students can hardly understand a thing if I were supposed to speak english only. We have habit of speaking english only in private schools up to grade 10... except that we almost don't speak english. 

I had suspected as much.  Thank you. I'm more curious as to how much of your content is entirely new to your audience. 


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 12:59 PM

Astronomy is  a chapter included in science book from grade 7.. Till the class 10, just the basic things are included in the syllabus with no any practical knowledge..  Some of the topics like nebula,kuiper belt,neutron stars,gamma ray brusts,...etc  was totally new for them so I had to show them pictures, videos and explain about them. As mentioned in the previous posts.., the telescope was also totally new for them. Not a single person has ever seen the telescope in the whole school not even teachers and parents.. so everybody got chance to see and learn about telescopes. Also we talked about telescope optics.. Escape velocity was also an interesting and new topic.. we did activities to understand the escape velocity...


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Posted 11 February 2020 - 07:55 AM

Good evening everyone,

 

Recently we have participated in a exhibition program where we showed and demonstrated about the telescopes, ecllipses, moon phases water rocket, pictures presentations. The exhibition lasted for 3 days and we had had more than thousand visitors( mostly students) to explain things and share our experiences. Here are some glimpse of the event.

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 08:18 AM

Solar Eclipse as seen from Sunsari, Nepal.

I missed the first 1.5 hours of eclipse due to rain..

Unfortunately we couldn't organize any event today due to lockdown. The Government has restricted people to move/gather.

 

For more images here is the google drive link: 

 

https://drive.google...QSl?usp=sharing

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 04:35 PM

Was the annular portion of it clouded out for you? I'm so sorry you couldn't have the gathering you had hoped to have. 


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Posted 23 June 2020 - 08:41 AM

Annular portion was not visible from our country.. Maximum 93% was covered from our country.. and about 85% from my place.



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Posted 04 September 2020 - 06:30 PM

This is the logo I have drawn and painted in A1 size paper.

 

Do you have any suggestion for modification of the logo?

In the logo

 

It should be

 

STUDENTS' ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

 

because it's not one student.

 

And it should read EXPLORING SPACE

without "THE"


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Posted 04 September 2020 - 06:42 PM

In the logo

 

It should be

 

STUDENTS' ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

 

because it's not one student.

 

And it should read EXPLORING SPACE

without "THE"

Keep reading.  I pointed both items out gently just a few posts later last September here

English is not Hamal's native language. 


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Posted 05 September 2020 - 01:42 AM

In the logo

 

It should be

 

STUDENTS' ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

 

because it's not one student.

 

And it should read EXPLORING SPACE

without "THE"

Thank you for the suggestion. Those mistakes were already corrected.


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Posted 26 November 2020 - 02:59 AM

It was great experience being able to watch the Sunspots. Four sunspots are clearly visible. we could not gather people for observation due to the fear of Corona virus. But we shared the pics of sun with sunspots on social media and got a lots of shares and positive feedbacks. Our photo also got featured in the most popular facebook page of Nepal. 

 

here is the link to the post where our photo got featured: https://www.facebook.com/officialroutineofnepalbanda/photos/a.687947587904704/4412644802101612?type=3&comment_id=4412780275421398&notif_id=1606362797620330&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif

 

Here is the photo of Sun. I captured it with smartphone hand held over the eyepiece of Mayflower 814. I took 20 continuous shot and stacked them in autostakkert and edited in photoscape and mspaint.

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 04:53 PM

Himal,

 

I am very impressed with what you and your fellow society members are doing! :)

 

I too love doing teaching of astronomy.  My Club also visits schools and some members also set up telescopes in public areas to show people who are passing through the Moon and planets.  Covid-19 has put an end to this for now.  Hopefully we will be able to start again with this soon.

 

I am following this thread now, and cannot wait to see how your group progresses and the adventures you have.

 

अष्ट्रेलियाबाट नेपालका लागि हार्दिक शुभकामना।

 

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Posted 30 December 2020 - 08:24 PM

You've got the one magic ingredient, enthusiasm. It's both a fuel and catalyst. The desire for discovery is within us all, you're a catalyst to get help people achieve discovery. WELL DONE SIR!


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Posted 03 April 2021 - 07:33 AM

Back in March 14 and 16 2021, our team visited two schools. Our team carried out an informative session on astronomy and astrophysics. We put light on the opportunities and scopes of astronomy in Nepal. They also learned about our parent star and it's nature. We also told the students about the upcoming astronomy Olympiad and how they can be a part of it. In addition, we helped students observe the Sun safely with the help of solar glasses and a telescope. In overall, it was a fun session and every students enjoyed the new experience. 

Below are some pics of the event!

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Posted 18 December 2021 - 10:57 AM

On 17th Dec 2021, we organized outreach program in school where I studied till 10th grade. We carried out informative and interactive session on astronomy and the night sky. The students learned about different celestial objects and astronomical phenomena.
We also shed light on opportunities for students and scope of astronomy in Nepal. The students from grade 1 to 10 got to learn about telescopes and observe the Sun safely with the help of solar glasses and telescope. At the end of seminar, we also conducted astroquiz and the students enjoyed a lot.

There were about 700 students from class 1 to 10. 

 

The slide we used can be found here: Presentation Slide

 

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 06:04 PM

Congratulations on sharing the knowledge and experience with many others.  What an inspiration to everyone. waytogo.gif

 

I am curious what equipment the club has - I can see in the pictures that refractor gets alot of use. grin.gif


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Posted 20 December 2021 - 07:10 PM

Congratulations on sharing the knowledge and experience with many others.  What an inspiration to everyone. waytogo.gif

 

I am curious what equipment the club has - I can see in the pictures that refractor gets alot of use. grin.gif

 

That refractor,  which is the centerpiece of Himal's arsenal, is a Mayflower courtesy of Cloudy Nights' member Chuck Hards.  Though some of us are happy to help other Cloudy Nights members,  especially those working in outreach activities, we must be careful to abide by the Terms of Service in these public forums.  Nothing of value may be solicited, except advice. I'd hate to see sanctions levied against well meaning folks,  but there are good reasons such rules exist. 


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Posted 20 December 2021 - 07:20 PM

Hi J.T,

 

No problems, fair enough. I have edited my post.

 

That was nice of Chuck to donate the refractor for sure. waytogo.gif


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Posted 21 February 2022 - 12:23 PM

Last week, I visited my birthplace. We had a small religious function(Puja) in our home. Some of the relatives and neighbors were invited. During the day, we had solar observation using solar glasses and also watched forest and surrounding using binocular. And at night, I was joined by my cousin and little sister as well as family members and few neighbors and we viewed the moon through binocular. Also we watched orion nebula, few other stars and constellations.

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Posted 08 March 2022 - 12:22 PM

We are currently organizing Night sky observation and discussion session starting from today for a week. To make the session more fruitful and interactive, we are accepting limited participants. We discuss about astronomy, telescope and its operation and various other related topics which is followed by observing session. After that, we ask participants to locate any celestial objects, focus them and view them through the telescope. And again at last, we discuss on various topics and clearing doubts!

 

Here are some glimpse of today's session!

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Posted 09 March 2022 - 12:05 PM

Here are some glimpse of Today's (Day- 2nd) program!

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Posted 10 March 2022 - 11:57 AM

Here are some glimpse of today's program (Day-3)

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Posted 16 March 2022 - 04:31 AM

On the last day of our one-week program, we conducted an informatory class on "Astronomy and The Night Sky" in Hibiscus English Boarding School where students from classes 7 to 11 participated. They learned about different celestial objects and astronomical phenomena. They also learned about the scopes and opportunities for them in the field of astronomy. We also had solar and lunar observation sessions. All the students were overwhelmed with joy to observe the sunspots and craters in Sun and Moon respectively.

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Posted 16 March 2022 - 06:58 AM

That is outstanding Himal! Thanks for sharing with us - I always look forward to seeing how much impact you are making - keep up the great work.


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