The stars have been a source of unquenchable curiosity for humans since ancient times. Looking up at the mysterious night-skies, we have come up with songs, myths and have dreamed of space exploration.
Astronomy, the science of moon and stars in simple terms, is the answer to all our childhood queries about the enigmas of the sky. With a view to teaching the young about astronomy and getting them interested in it, Bangladesh Astronomy Association (BAA) was formed in 1988. As part of its efforts to popularise astronomy among the teens of Bangladesh, this year Bangladesh Astronomy Association is going to organise the
National Astronomy Olympiad for the 9th time. After holding a district-level selection process on January 24, the best contenders will take to the final stage on February 8 to showcase their knowledge of astronomy through various contests in the Olympiad. The qualifiers will be held in Barisal, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Chittagong, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Narayanganj, Bogra, Feni, Moulvibazar and Dhaka. Fourteen-nineteen year olds from all over the country can register for the Olympiad free of charge, and all participants will be given a certificate.
The Astronomy Olympiad has crossed the national boundary and reached the global arena. Winners of the Astronomy Olympiad have contended in India, Thailand, Iran, South Korea, China, Indonesia, Poland, Brazil, Bangladesh, Greece and Lithuania. This year, Bangladesh Astronomy Association will sponsor air tickets to Romania for the 3 winners of the National Olympiad.
Taif Hossain Rocky, the team leader and mentor of the Bangladesh team says, “People are showing their enthusiasm for astronomy nowadays. This growing interest and dedication brought us success in different international astronomy Olympiads.” He also suggests some books about astronomy such as “Tara-Porichiti” and “Akash Poth” by Mohammad Abdul Jabbar, “Ganitik Jotirbiggan” by Abu Saleh Mohammad Nuruzzaman and “The First Three Minutes” by Steven Weinberg to those who are interested in participating this year.
The Daily Star and Heritage School are sponsors of the 9th Astro-Olympiad, and Ekattor TV is associated with this event as the media partner.