Author Archives: Ram Venugopal

Astronomy Data Analysis Virtual Lectures

astronomy data analysis lectures

‘Astronomy from archival data’ introduced important concepts in astronomy, data analysis and methods to students through online sessions from 1 August-29 November 2020. The aim was to support students during a time of disruptions to education caused by COVID-19. Students were introduced to virtual observatory tools and programming techniques. From 927 registrations, more than 100 […]

OAD Signs MoU with International Virtual Observatory Alliance

Logo of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance

The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). Both the OAD and IVOA realize that astronomical data and technology have the potential to be applied in various fields to benefit society. Both are motivated to use astronomical data for education, development and public […]

“Under the Same Stars” Online Campaign to Relieve Mental Stress

Astronomy to Relieve Mental Stress, not alone

“Under the Same Stars” by Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) developed and launched a social media campaign to bring awareness that stargazing can uniquely aid in relieving some mental stress during a time of crisis. Their campaign effectively spread the specific messaging that we can all come together virtually and feel like a cohesive community regardless […]

Astronomy Observatory Staff Assist Community During the Pandemic

Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory Staff Assist Community

The Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory (GRAO) staff assisted their surrounding community by providing masks, soaps, sanitisers, and sensitising them about COVID-19 and how to protect themselves. PRAGSAC in collaboration with the Ghana Space Science Technology Institute (GSSTI), the Assembly woman of Kutunse electoral area and the Director of the NCCE for GA West/Amasaman engaged seven […]

Astronomy Themed Scientific Box Helps Mongolian Students

Astronomy Themed Scientific Box

An astronomy-themed “Scientific box” was developed and distributed to school students and teachers in remote areas of Mongolia. The box, developed by university students and amateur astronomers, included handouts, video talks, presentations and lessons, which served as STEM education tools for the classroom. School teachers helped to distribute the scientific box to students and families […]