Annual night sky Observation Camp
March 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - March 16, 2019 @ 6:00 am EDT
Nalanda College Astronomical Society (NCAS) and Nalanda College Alumni Astronomical Society (NCAAS) will be conducting its 349th night sky observation camp at Galahitiyawa Central College, Ganemulla, Sri Lanka, on 15th March 2019. The event is planned to take place throughout the night to share astronomical knowledge with the students by giving lectures and doing observation sessions. Lectures are designed to cover the sections in the science syllabus from grades 6 through 9. They will consist of Introduction to Astronomy, History of Astronomy, Observation Astronomy, star map using and Are We Alone in the universe. In observation sessions the students will get the opportunity to observe Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mars and several deep sky objects such as nebulas and star clusters depending on the sky condition. On this day the Moon will be in a Waxing Gibbous phase with 62% illumination. We will guide the participants to observe the moon and map it. A special lecture on moon mapping and observation will also be conducted. Some fun activities will also be carried out to keep the participants motivated throughout the night.
We plan to align this camp with the IAU100 themes “Astronomy for Education”, and "Dark Skies for all". At the end of this camp we hope to cover all the astronomy related topics in the school syllabus while provide the students an opportunity to practically experience what they learn from textbooks. We believe that such involvement in astronomy will have a positive impact to promote STEM fields among students.