The pioneers of astronomy in Sri Lanka
Nalanda College Astronomical Society

By Sithira C. Hapuarachchi

Nearly 400 years have passed from the day that Galileo Galilei first observed the planets with a Telescope. In this era of planning outer space civilizations by the world, Nalanda College Astronomical Society is the Light House which shows the way to the younger generation of Sri Lanka to surf through the infinities of Space.

Nalanda College Astronomical Society is not an ordinary school society as they share their Astronomy knowledge with students all over the Island, without confining it to themselves. The specialty of them is that they do not charge even a single cent for holding Night Camps and Workshops in Schools and Organizations all over the island.

The only thing they expect is the happiness which can be gained by sharing their Astronomy knowledge.
Holding nearly 230 Astronomy Night Observation Camps outside Nalanda College proves the above statements. Nalanda College Astronomical Society owns the 4th largest telescope in the Island and It holds the honour of having the highest number of Telescopes owned by a School Astronomical Society.
Also the Members of the Nalanda College Astronomical Society are conducting weekly Astronomy lectures in some of the leading schools in Sri Lanka free of charge.

In addition, the Nalanda College Astronomical Society is a birthplace of World Astronomy Olympiad Winners. Its members have been able to make the Motherland proud among other countries in the world by showing their knowledge in Worldwide Competitions.

Recently the Nalanda College Astronomical Society had an all island Astronomy Workshop named "Sky Eye 2010" and it was a new experience for the participants as it included the latest practises of Astronomy.

In addition, the Astronomy interested students all over the island will have an opportunity to improve their knowledge at the Annual Astronomical Day of Nalanda College which will be held in the last quarter of this year with some major changes.

Nalanda College Astronomical Society will continue their goodwill in the future to fulfil their goal of educating each and every child in Sri Lanka about Astronomy, under their motto " See The Future Through The Reality ".

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