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Astronomy.SG Released!

April 3rd, 2009

Took me about a week to get it completed, but it's up for good now. Astronomy.SG is back -- better, cooler and more time-wasting than ever before.

If you're not wasting your time by playing with the top banner which actually moves with your cursor, you can also check out the new features.

There's a Photo Gallery that's growing, and will become an extensive gallery featuring photos from ALL Astronomy events. We seek your help to obtain the photos!

And then there's a new Store that actually sells things cheaply. How cool is that?

Of course, you would also notice little Twitter updates in the small box hanging from the top.

In the future, we will organise events. It won't be simply another star party of competition -- We hope to bring you cheap overseas expeditions and even international Olympiads.

And finally, I'm developing Astronomy.SG into a proper organisation/society/business/mafia/whatever, because I alone cannot support the whole website myself. I'm in the process of contacting organisations and businesses for partnerships, and have actually linked up with a good few already. Can't release more details about our super secretive non-existent plans yet.

Go poke around at the Astronomy.SG website right now and enjoy the new design. It’s pretty cool and neat, at least in my opinion.

One of the main reasons why I had a redesign was because the old design was not compatible with Internet Explorer 6, and over 40% of the visitors to the website still uses IE6! However, even with the new design, the website is STILL not compatible with IE6. For your own sake, IE6, UPDATE YOUR WEB BROWSER.

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Shell Astro Challenge

April 2nd, 2009


The Challenge

In 2009, Shell Singapore Youth Science Festival Committee is organising an exciting new activity called “Shell Astro Challenge” to complement the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

The following are the objectives of Shell Astro Challenge:

  • to give people the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of Astronomy through sky-observing experiences and educational materials; and
  • to provide an avenue to connect amateur astronomers, educators and professionals through these activities.

To fulfil its objectives, Shell Astro Challenge seeks the collaboration of schools, astronomy clubs, teachers and students to embark on a nationwide socio-educational event that aims to reach to as many people, new to Astronomy, as possible.


The Aim?

To put it simply, get as many people to view the night-sky through telescopes set up in schools.



Schools can now choose to hold their viewing exercise on: -
a)    either 15 or 29 May 2009 from 8pm to 11pm
b)    both 15 and 29 May 2009 from 8pm to 11pm (the committee will only take the higher of the 2 nights’ score for the competition)

What Do We Get?

In response to feedback given by schools who are participating in the event, it is clear that they want to encourage students to be interested in astronomy and schools are more concern about the educational spin-off of the event. The prize is not the main concern and schools are keen to see more prizes rather than limited high value prizes.

As such, we have adjusted the prizes as such for each category of awards: -

  1. First prize of $300 + trophy
  2. Second prize of $200; and
  3. Third prize of $100.

On top of that, ALL participating schools will receive a telescope free-of-charge.

The telescope is the newly developed Galileoscope™, which is a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit developed for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 by a team of leading astronomers, optical engineers, and science educators.

For more information on the Galileoscope, please refer to


Where Do We Sign Up?

The Shell Astro Challenge is opened to all primary, secondary schools and junior colleges.

To participate in the Shell Astro Challenge, simply complete the registration form.

You may download the form here and fax it in to us @ 65616361.

If your school doesn’t have any telescopes, you may request for the loaning of telescopes using this form.

All applications will be acknowledged (via fax or email). As vacancies are limited, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.


For any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Sue Chan at Tel: 6425 2594/91 (Email:


You may also download the original invitation letter from here.


The list of participating schools and the dates on which they will be holding the star-gazing are as follows:

Anderson Junior College


Anglo Chinese School (Independent)


Christ Church Secondary School


Elias Park Primary School


First Toa Payoh Primary School


Fuchun Secondary School


Innova Primary School


Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary Schoool


Madrasah Aljunied Alislamiyah


Nanyang Girls' High School


National Junior College


Naval Base Secondary School


Raffles Institution (Junior College)


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Moon Photo Competition

April 2nd, 2009

TASOS in collaboration with Science Centre Singapore launched the Moon Photo Competiton on 26th Feb 2009 in conjunction with Official Launch of IYA 2009.  There are many attractive prizes worth S$6,800.00 to be won.


The Objective of this Competition is to promote astronomy and observation of our Moon through photography. This activity is jointly organised by The Astronomical Society of Singapore (TASOS) and Science Centre Singapore in support of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009).


This competition is open to all persons above 7 years of age and who are residing in Singapore.

Guidelines for Moon Photo Competition:

Photographs submitted must be in print form and either in 8R or Super 8R format. Judging will be based on the merit of the printed photograph. In addition, for the purpose of verifying authenticity, each photograph must be accompanied by:

a) digital image file saved on a CD-ROM (labeled with the photographer’s name, NRIC, contact number and title of images). The digital image should have a resolution of at least 6 Mega-pixels (jpg or tiff) or higher. OR

b) the respective negative/slide in the case of photograph taken with film camera.

Photographs are to be in colour and must be original and unpublished. No digital processing, manipulation or enhancement is allowed except for lighting and exposure compensation.

Every submitted photograph must have a completed entry form pasted behind it.

All photographs of the moon submitted for the competition must be taken in Singapore during the competition period from 26 February to 31 July 2009.. 10. A total of 8 prizes comprising 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5 consolation prizes will be awarded for each of the 4 competition categories, i.e. Crescent Moon, Quarter Moon, Gibbous Moon and Full Moon, as shown:

1st Prize - S$800.00 worth of prizes
2nd Prize - S$400.00 worth of prizes
3rd Prize- S$250.00 worth of prizes
5 Consolation Prizes - S$50.00 each worth of prizes

Each participant may submit a maximum of 2 photographs
per category.

All photographs submitted must show the respective Moon phase in its entirety. Close-up shots showing just a particular spot of the moon will be disqualified.

All photographs, CDs, slides and negatives submitted will not be returned. In addition, the organisers reserve the rights to use, distribute, modify, post, transmit and display these documents without any compensation to the photographers.

All entries must be submitted before the closing date on 31st July 2009.

The prize presentation ceremony is scheduled for 2 October 2009.

Please download the Entry Form, which also contains the rules and regulations, from here.

Albert Tan, a committee member of TASOS, has also written an article about photographing the moon. You may download it from here.

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RI-HCI Astrigue 2009

March 25th, 2009

The Raffles Institution (Junior College) and Hwa Chong Institution (Junior College) Astronomy Clubs wish to invite your school to participate in Astrigue 2009. This is an astronomy-based event with the aim of promoting astronomy among secondary school students.

Astrigue 2009 comprises of two events. There will be a one-day learning camp (Astrigue Convention 2009) on 4th April 2009 held at Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) and a two-day inter-school astronomy competition (Astrigue Challenge 2009) held over 2 Saturdays on the 18th  and 25th  April 2009 at Hwa Chong Institution on Day 1 and Raffles Institution (Junior College) on Day 2 of the competition.

Various activities have been designed to expose participating students to exciting ideas in astronomy and space science. Your school is invited to send up to a maximum of 20 participants for Astrigue Convention, and 4 teams each comprising of 4 members and 1 reserve for Astrigue Challenge *. As the Convention is designed to help prepare participants for the Challenge, you are strongly encouraged to send the same students for both Convention and Challenge.

The download for the invitation letter and the 2nd letter to schools haves been removed due to a request from Ming Yang.


Updates: Congratulations to RI on being the Team Champion! In order of merit, the other winners are RGS, NUSHS and BPGHS.

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16th IPS-NYP Annual Astronomy Retreat @ Desaru

March 17th, 2009

The 16th IPS-NYP Annual Astronomy Retreat is confirmed! This year we will celebrate UNESCO International Year of Astronomy, 400 years since Galileo’s discovery of the Heavens!  It will be a 4D3N trip, 5 meals a day, with lodging. The venue will be Desaru Golden Beach Resort (sounds familiar, anyone?). Travelling will be by coach SIN - DESARU - SIN, both to and fro.

Prices are as follows:
Twin sharing - S$ 295.00/person
(Triple Sharing) - S$275.00/person

Please note that there will be no refund after closing date of 15/05/2009.

For more information about Desaru Golden Beach Resort, please visit

For more details, please contact Ms Carole Aw at yenaw @, or Mr Au Mun Chew at auasoc @

To register, please download and fill up the CosmoCraft Application form, and mail it to the address stated in the application form.

At this point of time….due to Malaysia case of H1N1.

MOE have advise all traveling to affect country to cancelled.

WE have decide to cancelled this June trip.

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Astronomical Visualisation Showcase

February 28th, 2009

Date: 20 May 2009

Time & Location: 7pm at Newton Room

Asst Prof Philip Fu Chi Wing, Nanyang Technological University

This cafe will present the application of 3D computer graphics techniques to the visualisation of astronomical data, including some brief historical and scientific background. The main body of the presentation will showcase some of our recent demonstration systems for exploring astronomical data. Examples will include methods for scale-insensitive navigation of the entire Universe, with scales ranging from the Earth to the Milky Way to the entire visible Universe, display and exploration of uncertainty in common astrophysical data sets, and advanced volume-visualization methods for viewing and analyzing multi-wavelength all-sky data. No technical knowledge of the underlying 3D graphics details (such as GPU methods) is required, as our goal will be to focus on the techniques we have developed to support the scientific goals of astronomy with the tools of scientific visualization. Some of our work, (eg multispectral visualization, large-scale error visualization, etc) can be found at

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Pavilion Star Party

February 28th, 2009



For singles 20 to 35, making new friends under the stars!

Start Time: Saturday, March 14 at 6:45pm
End Time: Saturday, March 14 at 11:00pm

Where: Bougainvilliea Garden at East Coast Park (gather at Marine Parade CC)

Event Fee:
$10 for Passion Card Holder
$15 for Non-Passion Card Holder

Event Coordinator: Mr Zeng Jiayi

The Marine Parade CC YEC Astronomical Society will be organising Pavilion Star Party targeted at singles to meet and mingle.
It is supported by Marine Parade Family Life Champion (FLC) and Marine Parade CC Youth Group (YEC).
The participants will get to know one another better through speed dating, interactive crossword puzzle game and romantic star gazing session.

For more information, log in to facebook:

For enquiry, please drop a email to
OR contact our event coordinator at 97414952

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NYP Astronomy Quiz

February 28th, 2009

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ACJC AstroFest 2009

February 28th, 2009

AstroFest 2009

3rd AstroFest 2009

The ACJC Astronomy Society will be organising AstroFest 2009. We cordially invite your school to participate in this event, which will be held on the following two days:

23 May 2009 (Sat) from 1pm – 6pm (Registration starts at 1pm in ACJC lobby)
30 May 2009 (Sat) from 1pm – 10pm

This is an annual event aimed at bringing together Astronomy enthusiasts from various institutions to share their experiences and learn from each other, and fostering ties between the various schools. After last year’s success, we hope for your school’s continued support.

The teams will go through a two-day event where they will be immersed in enriching activities for them to learn Astronomy while getting to know others from the community. An Astronomy fair displaying projects done by the teams will follow in the afternoon of the second day, which will undergo judging by professionals. In the evening, after the final round, participants would be shuttled by bus to Singapore Science Centre for a casual stargazing session.

The programme includes the following:

• Astronomy Fair and Contest
• Mind Games
• Dinner Reception on Second Day
• Astronomy Sharing by experienced astronomers
• Stargazing

We cordially invite your school to send teams of 3 or less students to participate in this event. You may send a maximum of 3 teams (9 students).

A registration fee of $65 will be charged for each team, which includes AstroFest T-shirts and dinner reception for all participants. All payment is to be made by IFAAS or cheque payable to “Anglo-Chinese Junior College” by 23 May 2009. Registration of teams closes on 4 April 2009. Please reply early to facilitate our planning for the event. Thank you.

Participants should wear their school uniforms (if applicable) and bring along attire for physical activities. They may change into their AstroFest T-shirts during the event.

Please email us at if you need any further information. Thank you.

Dear All,

Anglo-Chinese Junior College Astronomy Society is proud to present to you AstroFest 2009. This year's AstroFest would be held on the 23rd and 30th May 2009, both Saturdays, in the college premises.

AstroFest is an annual event aimed at bringing together Astronomy enthusiasts from various institutions to share their experiences, learn from each other, and foster ties between the various schools. After last year's encouraging response, we hope to attract even more teams from the various schools to participate this year.

On the first day, the teams will go through a day camp where they will be immersed in enriching activities for them to learn Astronomy while getting to know others from the community. On the second day, an Astronomy Fair exhibiting projects done by the teams would be held and will undergo judging by professionals. The finals would be held after that and the winning teams will walk away with attractive prices. In the evening, participants would be brought over to the Singapore Science Centre to end off the event with an exciting stargazing session.

This year, we hope to give away even more attractive prizes. So teams taking part, give your best shot!

Attached to this email is the invitation letter. Teachers, kindly take a look at it, fill it up and send it back to us by 4 April 2009.

We look forward to working closely with you.

Thank you very much.

Yours faithfully,
Sujay Natson
ACJC Astronomy Society

P.S. Do kindly relay this invitation to other school Astronomy clubs whose contacts have not been included in the email.

You may download the invitation letter here.

Congratulations to the following prize-winners!

Team Champion: RGS Team 2
Stacey-Ann Lee Wanpei
Gillian Wong Miswardi
Isabella Ow Dan Wei

3 Gold Trophies
Celestron 15 x 70 SkyMaster Binocs
Ruggedised Firewire HDD Enclosure

Team 1st Runner-Up: RI(JC) Team 1
Aaron Tang Kai Wen
Huang Wenjie
Huang Renyong

3 Silver Trophies
The Galileoscope
NixVue Visor

Team 2nd Runner-Up: CJC Team 3
David Alvin Low Tze Wen
Deborah Felicia Tan Li Ling
Sean Fang Jia Hao

3 Bronze Trophies
Solar Polymer Viewers
Starry Night Galaxy Explorer Win/Mac CD

Best Project Award:  RI(JC) Team 1
Aaron Tang Kai Wen
Huang Wenjie
Huang Renyong

Best Project Trophy
Starry Night Atlas of the Sky
Set of Deep Sky Astro Posters by Jack Newton

Special Round Winners: RI(JC) Team 1
Aaron Tang Kai Wen
Huang Wenjie
Huang Renyong

Starry Night Galaxy Explorer Win/Mac CD
20 Slides Set of Electronic Images Taken at Palomar Observatory

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Talk by Dr Cheong Kham Kow

February 28th, 2009

Special IYA Talk by Dr Cheong Kham Kow on Observatory Night Friday, 13 March 2009 @ 8:15pm @ Observatory Classroom (behind Sakura Restaurant at OmniTheatre)

Why are people interested in the Direction of the Sun?  – The Use of Astronomy in Modern Living

Does the Sun always rise in the east and set in the west? With their knowledge on apparent annual motion of the Sun, how did our ancestors use it beneficially? How could we use the same knowledge in modern living? A home owner may want to consider a design that boasts of magnificent views of sunrises and sunsets while avoiding the heat.

For this event, please register directly to Mrs Anne Dhanaraj.

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