School of Physics - Universiti Sains Malaysia

Astronomy Outreach Programme

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Astronomy is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena, basically everything that originates outside of our Earth's atmosphere. From the smallest asteroids, moons and planets within our Solar System, all the way to the largest stars and galaxies in our observational universe, astronomy sets out to answer the biggest questions that humankind has about the universe we live in. How does a telescope work? What happens when we get too near to a black hole? Do aliens exist, and where do we find them? How large is our universe, and how will it end? If you have questions like these, fear not: we are here to help you solve these mysteries!

At the School of Physics, the Astronomy and Atmospheric Science Research Unit (Unit Penyelidikan Ilmu Falak dan Sains Atmosfera, UPIFSA) is a dedicated group of lecturers, staff and students that are eager to promote astronomy education among the Malaysian public. Whether you're a student, a working adult or a retiree, as long as you're interested in astronomy, you will definitely benefit from the astronomy outreach programmes that we provide. Since the 1970s, UPIFSA has been very active in promoting astronomy education and organising astronomy events for schools, colleges and the public. Our vision is to increase the public awareness on astronomy education and research, creating a diverse community with a shared passion and appreciation for astronomy. We also aim to inspire more Malaysians to become astrophysicists in the future!

Services

The following are the services we provide to schools, organisations and the public:

  • Portable planetarium shows
  • Telescope demonstrations and tutorials
  • Night observation sessions
  • Solar observation sessions
  • Astronomy talks and lectures
  • Astronomy quizzes and competitions
  • Water rocket making and launching workshops
  • Guidance on university studies and career paths in astronomy
  • Astronomy consulations ( Islamic astronomy, astronomy curriculum, news verification)

Enquiries

If you're interested to have us come over to your school / organisation to provide any of the services listed above, please contact:

Group Leader
DR. NUR AZWIN ISMAIL
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Ext: 3676

Group Members
Hon. Prof. Dr. Abdul Halim Abdul Aziz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azhar Abdul Rahman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Iskandar Shahrim Mustafa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Dr. John Soo Yue Han (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Dr. Idahwati Sarudin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Mr. Jasnisuhardi Abdul Manab (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Mr. Hairulji Masdar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Gallery

Portable Planetarium Dome

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Telescope Demonstration

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UPIFSA Brochure (Bahasa Melayu)

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The Dean, School of Physics,
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800 USM,
Penang, Malaysia

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