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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

NAM 08 concluded a success


National Astronomical Meeting 2008 concluded successfully at 6.00 pm on 29th of November 2008 at the auditorium of SLAAS. The followings were proposed to be carried out as the Sri Lankan equivalent of IYA 2009 worldwide activities.

  • A virtual network of School-based Astronomical Associations
  • Launch of a website for the functionality of IYA-09 based SL activities
  • Implementing a 100 hour observation session throughout the island from 02nd to 5th April 2009 in accordance with its international counterpart
  • Special workshop for school teachers in March
  • An advanced observation campaign, focusing the partial solar eclipse
  • Robortification of a telescope, enabling it to be remote-controlled via internet
  • Rocket launching competition
  • Subtitling Carl Sagen's "Cosmos" series to Sinhalese to be telecast in National TV in 2009
Below-mentioned school Astonomical Associations were represented by their repective school students at the NAM 08. Names of the Schools are as follows.

1. Ananda College, Colombo 10
2. Royal College, Colombo 07
3. Visaka Vidyalaya, Colombo 07
4. Isipathana College, Colombo 07
5. Southlands Girls College, Galle
6. De Mazanod College, Kandana
7. Girls High School, Mt. Lavinia

Present Invitees

Prof. Kavan Ratnatunga         AALK/IAU            
Mr. Thilina heenatigala        AALK                
Fr Mervyn Fernando             Subodhi Institute             
Mr. Tharaka Gamage             Journalist - Rivira
Mr. Yohan Ferreira             AALK                
Prof. Michael Snowden          IAU

The professional New Zealand astronomer Prof. Michael Snowden delivered a special lecture on "Observational Astronomy" as well.