From the beginning to the present – Interview with Grzegorz Stachowski

Grzegorz Stachowski is the President of the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics. We asked him about the story of the event!   This event series will be held 13th times this year, could you tell us about its origin, how did it all start? „The event started in 2006 as a brunch of the international physics olympiad. People who were there , felt that it  should be important to separate astronomy and physics, because astronomy is different from physics in many ways. In 2007 we held the first International gathering of astrophysics in Thailand, which happened to be also the anniversary of the king. It was a big ceremony and Thailand was very happy to held this event. We started with about 20 countries, now we have almost 50.„ What is the purpose of the event? „First of all it is a competition obviously, and it allow the best high school students from around the world to compete. But also its a way for the children to meet each other. Many children who are interested in astronomy have to learn by themselves, they may be living in a small town, they might be the only child from their school, [...]

From the beginning to the present – Interview with Grzegorz Stachowski2019-08-04T21:20:23+00:00

Meet the teams: USA and UK

The 13th IOAA starts! Meet the US and the UK team! The US team Hi everyone, we are the team from USA and this year we come with the main and the guest team. Members of the main team are: Vincent Bian, Joseph McCarty, Albert Qin, Daniel Chang and Anthony Ou. Members of the guest team are: April Cheng, Sean Chen, Dean Zhou, Devin Hoover, Leo Yao. Our team leaders are Phd students Ioana Zelko (Harvard University) and Natasa Dragovic (University of Texas at Austin). Fun fact, our team leaders met as students at the 3rd IOAA which was held in Iran. The team was formed from the highest scoring students at the USA National Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad. Here is what some of our students shared. From Vincent Bian:In preschool, every picture I drew was of the nine planets (yes, Pluto was still a planet back then). Later, this obsession took a backseat to my other interests, but I was always fascinated with space. I still remember the rocket launch I watched at Cape Canaveral, and the livestream of New Horizons as it approached Pluto. Since then, I’ve watched every rocket launch that I could. Throughout middle and high [...]

Meet the teams: USA and UK2019-08-02T20:13:22+00:00

Meet the teams: Korea, Lithuania, Slovenia

The 13th IOAA starts! Meet the Korean, the Lithuanian and the Slovenian team! The Korean team The Korean team members are: Gyehun Ahn, Jungeun Kim, Junghyun Hwang, Minchan Song and Seungjun Oh. They participated in Korea Astronomy Olympiad, and successfully accomplished assignments, in-depth interview, autumn and winter camps and final exam. Through this process, they were selected as representative of Korea. Here are the team members messages and infos about the students! The Lithuanian team Their team members are high school students from two biggest Lithuanian cities, Vilnius and Kaunas. They are two girls, Vaiva Pilkauskaitė and Paulina Erichsmeier, and three boys, Ignas Mačiulis, Ignas Juodžbalis and Damian Michalčonok. Lithuanian team members have different stories how they became interested in astronomy. Also, their favorite fields of astronomy are diverse. – Vaiva: I was a curious child who liked to gaze at the night sky and wonder what it is all about, but I got into astronomy encouraged by my friend to pursue a more definite goal. – Paulina: I got involved in astronomy in the 6th grade when a telescope has been bought and a question arose how and what purpose for, I should use it. Then I started reading [...]

Meet the teams: Korea, Lithuania, Slovenia2019-08-02T08:24:19+00:00

Meet the teams: Brazil, Ecuador and Hungary

The 13th IOAA starts soon! Let's meet some of the participant countries! In this writing the Brazilian, the Ecuadorian and the Hungarian team will be introduced! The Brazilian team The Brazilian team is composed of 5 students (Bruna Junqueira, Giovanna Girotto, Luã de Souza, Lucas Shoji e Raul Teixeira), a Leader (Professor Eugênio Reis), a Pedagogical Leader (Professor Julio Klafke) and two Observers (Professor Thiago Paulin e Professor Heliomárzio Moreira). "In 2018 we all participated in the Brazilian Astronomy and Astronautics Olympiad (along with about 100 thousand high school students from all over Brazil). The 120 best students went through exams, of which 30 were selected. Then we underwent two intensive training sessions that selected the five most well prepared of us. And then we are here! We are really anxious about the tests time and we are studying a lot! Beyond that, we are excited about meeting a lot of people and learning several different things. Thank you for receiving us there! And, for all of us, we hope we all have a good competition!!!"   The Ecuadorian team The Ecuadorian team consists of 5 members : Marcela Morillo (leader), Daniela Santamaría (high school student, Manuel Moreno [...]

Meet the teams: Brazil, Ecuador and Hungary2019-08-01T15:24:55+00:00

5 pages to follow if you are interested in astronomy

Astronomy is a science with thousands of years of history, which has been constantly changing and developing, especially since the explosion of modern technology. Accordingly, if you would like to stay up to date, you need to find your sources, the pages where you can obtain reliable information about the news. Here we help you now. Here are the top sites that are worthwhile to follow. NASA How else should we start the line if not with NASA’s page. The site for professionals, non-professionals and any interested people sets out a tremendous amount of information about even more interesting expeditions, results, and events. The image of the day is chosen every day, which is usually a great success, but you can also follow NASA TV as well as the posts of astronauts on Twitter. Astronomy Now Astronomy Now is England's most popular monthly magazine with a super website. Reading the articles, you will definitely feel like subscribing to the magazine. was launched in 1999 and has become the favourite of millions since then. It is no wonder, because you can find here recent, current and interesting information, in addition the structure of the page is logical, thus you [...]

5 pages to follow if you are interested in astronomy2019-07-25T07:38:34+00:00

13 years, 13 events and thousands of young people

This year’s International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics is the 13th in the line that was launched in Thailand in 2006 by five countries including Thailand, Poland, Indonesia, Iran, and China. Let’s look at the advancement of its history. International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics was established in 2006 with the aim to make astronomy and astrophysics enjoyable for young people and to build cooperation among those who intend to get into this field more thoroughly. The first president of the organization, which was established to organise the event, was Assoc. Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, whereas the first director-general was Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chatief Kunjaya, and today Gregorz Stachowski (Poland) and Dr. Aniket Sule (India) have these positions. The first event was held in Thailand in 2007, to commemorate the 80th birth anniversary of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the 84th birth anniversary of the Princess Galyani Vadhana. Statues of IOAA became adopted here, and leaders were also promoted on that occasion. Over the years, the event got to so many exciting countries: To Indonesia in 2008, to Iran in 2009, to China in 2010, to Poland in 2011, to Brazil in 2012, to Greece in 2013, to Romania in 2014, [...]

13 years, 13 events and thousands of young people2019-07-23T14:03:39+00:00

IOAA comes to Hungary

This year (2019) Hungary will host the 13th International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA). High school students from all over the world come to the event to challenge their knowledge in the field of astrophysics and astronomy. The history of IOAA Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, China and Poland were the five countries that joined together and established International Olympiad on Astronomy in 2006. Their aim was not less than to popularize astronomy among high school students, and to promote the development of international professional contacts, for which this meeting is a great opportunity. The first event was held in Thailand in 2007, followed by Indonesia in 2008, Iran in 2009, China in 2010, Poland in 2011, Brazil in 2012, Greece in 2013, Romania in 2014, Indonesia in 2015, India in 2016, Thailand in 2017, China in 2018 and Hungary now, in 2019. The Hungarian event will take place in Keszthely, near Lake Balaton, which is the largest lake in Central Europe and is also a popular tourist destination.   Competition procedure For the IOAA event, competitors from 47 countries come in teams, but it is important that the challenge will be individual. Young people need to be excellent [...]

IOAA comes to Hungary2019-07-22T09:39:42+00:00

Website launched!

Website launched! Welcome on the official website of the 13th IOAA! We recommend to study the important dates and the preliminary program of IOAA. […]

Website launched!2019-04-10T12:07:34+00:00

Prepare for observation!

Prepare for observation! The first part of August is the clearest period of the year in Hungary. The whole national astronomical community hopes very much that we can have a successful night observation round in the Olympiad. […]

Prepare for observation!2019-04-10T12:09:53+00:00

Sziget Fest 2019

Sziget Fest 2019 – early booking recommended!  Budapest is the capital of Hungary, one of the nicest capitals in Central Europe. The Olympic venue will be at Lake Balaton. […]

Sziget Fest 20192019-04-10T12:10:20+00:00