SGAC Sri Lanka

National Point of Contact
Sri Lanka
Yasith Lakmal
Yesith Lakmal
Mar 2015-Mar 2017
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There are some government organizations and non-government Astronomical Societies which have given hand to the rise of Astronomy and Space Science sector in Sri Lanka. They organize workshops, Night camps, Astronomy Quiz Competitions, Water Rocket Competitions annually as well as for  special events (such as  Lunar Eclipses, Solar Eclipses etc.) for the public and students (who are studying in schools and universities) to popularize Astronomy  among them. In 2008 University Grants Commission in Sri Lanka  made a decision to enter Astronomy and Astrophysics as a full course unit for  Physical Science stream   in  some local universities (University of Colombo. University of Peradeniya , University of Ruhuna and Open University in Sri Lanka) . This decision helped to encourage some  university  students to select their higher studies subject as Astronomy and Astrophysics and do Astronomy and Space Science based researches. The government organizations, Sir Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technology (ACCIMT) and Sri Lanka National Planetarium do a huge job to popularize Astronomy and space science among Sri Lankans. The Largest Optical Telescope which is GOTO 45cm Cassegrain telescope is located at ACCIMT and it provides facilities for university students (undergraduate & Post Graduate) who are interested in Astronomy to do their higher study  researches in Astronomy and Space Applications. You can explore some research reports that were published by Space Application Division of ACCIMT here.

Secondary Level students are introduced astronomy and space explorations by a section related to Science and Technology. This builds a foundation in their minds of being a Astronaut or Astro-Scientist  while Sri Lankan National Planetarium brings the reality of the universe to their minds. Non-government organizations are doing a huge job for the rise of Astronomy and Space Science in Sri Lanka. They include Astronomy and Space Study Centre in Sri Lanka (ASSC), Sri Lanka Astronomical Association (SLAA) and some school-based Astronomical Societies. Since 2007, Sri Lanka has been participating in International Olympiad of Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA). Sri Lanka sends a team consisting of 5  highly talented highschool & university students  who receive the best results in National Astrophysics Olympiad competition (SLOAA). Our students have shown great talent in IOAA competitions and achieved some awards. Sri Lanka successfully launched its first communication Satellite (Supreme SAT) in 2012 from  Xichang Launching centre at China. This was the first step of Sri Lankans to space. Getting help from China, the first Space centre in Sri Lanka  is under constructing in Pallekale (near to Kandy). These projects will help young Sri Lankans to achieve great opportunities in Space Science sector. SGAC Sri Lanka hopes to bring young Sri Lankans together to grow a network of all above events to create a better future for Sri Lankans.

 

Young Space Activities Overview in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKAN UNDERGRADUATES FOUND SEVEN MAIN BELT ASTEROIDS

In an international campaign carried out by SGAC partnering with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC – “Issac”) Project Group last year to find an asteroid, Eranga Jayashantha (NPoC-Sri Lanka, Team Leader), Yasith Ramawickrama (NPoC-Sri Lanka), Jude Vijayanga (Member SGAC), Ayodya Thejasiry (Member SGAC) and Meriesha Ruchini (Member SGAC) representing team Sky Trailblazers from Sri Lanka, found seven main belt asteroids. It’s already included in final report of this event too.

ACHIEVEMENTS OF SGAC MEMBERS IN SRI LANKA

One of the NPoC for Sri Lanka obtained the scholarship from Japan Government to participate in GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) Summer School 2016 organized by the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT). Three Sri Lankan who are currently members of the SGAC participated the 3rd AP-SGW in 12th and 13th of November 2016 at Los Banos, Philippines. Yasith Ramawickrama, NPoC for Sri Lanka, moderated the working group “The Future of GNSS in the Next Ten Years”.

SRI LANKA NATIONAL ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS OLYMPIAD COMPETITION

The 10th Sri Lankan Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad and 6th Sri Lankan Junior Astronomy Olympiad will be held on June 18, 2016 (Saturday) from 11.00am to 1.00 pm at the Universities of Colombo, Kelaniya, Ruhuna (Matara), Rajarata (Mihinthale), Jaffna and the Open University Centres in Kandy(Polgolla) and Batticaloa. A team of five students who do well in the national competition will be selected to participate in the 11th International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad to be held in Thailand in August/September 2017 and 22nd International Astronomy Olympiad to be held in Korea in September 2017. This event is organized by the Institute of Physics – Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Department of Physics, University of Colombo.

STAR PARTY 2016

Star Party is an annual astronomy observation competition held in Kandy in Sri Lanka organized by Anandian Astronomical Association of Ananda College and Astronomical Society of Mahamaya Girls' College Kandy. This competition brings together amateur astronomers from all around Sri Lanka with a focus on school based astronomy.  The participating teams go through a competitive set of astronomy observation sessions during this 12-hour-long overnight event, involving hands-on skills with telescope manipulation and extraction of valuable astronomical data. The 12th consecutive annual Star Party took place on 12th of February 2016 at the premises of University of Peradeniya, Kandy and De Mazenod College – Kadana was the winner of the competition.

 

Country Specific Events in 2017

February 12-13 - Star Party 2017- Annual Astronomy Observation Competition - University of Peradeniya,Kandy

 

Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Sri Lanka

Groups

Star Party
Mathematical and Astronomy Society, University of Colombo
Sri Lanka Astronomical Association (SLAA)
Astronomy and Space Study Centre (ASSC)
Astronomy and Space Science Association, University of Kelaniya

Institutions

Space Applications Division , Arthur C Clark Institute of Modern Technologies
Sri Lanka National Planetarium
Institute of Physics Sri Lanka 

Studies

The Open University faculty of natural sciences offers astronomy as a subject in its joint major degree programme
University of Colombo offers astronomy as subject as part of a physics special degree

Astronomy Knowledge 

Skylk
Astronomy News @ Astroananda

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3rd AP-SGW Representers from Sri Lanka

Discoveries of 7 main belt Asteroids

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GNSS Summer School 2016 Star Party 2016

 


 


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